MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred addressed fans via an open letter on Tuesday, after the league and the Players Association failed to come up with a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA) before Monday’s deadline (which was extended to Tuesday).
It doesn’t mean the sides will not negotiate anymore, but talks aren’t scheduled as of now and it could be a little while until the sides speak again.
In front of the cameras, Manfred was caught smiling at one point.
The circumstances of the smile are unclear, but you just don’t smile when telling millions of fans around the world that the season won’t start on time and he had already cancelled the first two series.
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— Talkin’ Baseball (@TalkinBaseball_) March 1, 2022
Was He Laughing At Fans Or At Himself?
Perhaps he was just laughing at himself for saying in his letter that he “had hoped against hope that I would not have to be in the position of canceling games”, or when he said he and owners “worked hard to avoid an outcome that is bad for our fans, bad for our players and bad for our clubs.”
Wait, we may have found the winning line, the one that almost certainly made him laugh: “The unfortunate thing is that the agreement we have offered has huge benefits for fans and players.”
The whole baseball universe is mad at Manfred and owners, except for just a few people who don’t understand what’s at stake.
These guys have ruined the start of the season over money that they, knowing the huge revenues that owning a baseball club reports, can very well allocate to players to keep them happy and involved.
They chose not to, and more games could be lost because of their greediness.