Mar 31, 2019

MLB AWARDS “THE BELT” FOR PLAYER ARBITRATION BEATDOWNS

If you’ve wondered if Major League Baseball players will strike in the near term, thanks to a story recently published by the increasingly compelling THE ATHLETIC, you can stop now. 

Clearly MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred and MLB owners are spoiling for a labor disruption when they confirm to The Athletic’s Marc Carig that every year Manfred and Major League Baseball owners are responsible for the awarding of a “replica championship belt” as “informal recognition of those club’s salary arbitration departments that did the best.

In other words, at this moment, nothing said by Manfred, an MLB owner or non-uniformed employee of a Major League Baseball team can be taken at face value.

Nothing.

The revelation from Carig, which up until The Athletic’s report was a lingering, “urban legend,” is the kind of smoking gun that employee unions like the MLBPA can rarely count on as they grasp for ways to pin down what has obviously been an orchestra of bad faith-based collusion conducted by Manfred and his bloodless, analytics-driven minions.

But stunningly, Manfred and MLB management have provided just that in what appears, amazingly, to be not-so-unwitting fashion.

Manfred privately acknowledging member teams that deliver the most financial beatdowns on league players is a moronic, misguided business tactic.

Manfred publicly acknowledging member teams that deliver the most financial beatdowns on league players is an unmitigated public relations disaster that all but assures that fans will back the players to the hilt when the now-inevitable strike happens.