Yes, owners control the spending. That's the nature of the market. And there are more austere times ahead for the game, and spending will be limited from now through the end. The players are in a bind. But they do have leverage: They have the elite talent. So we will get a chance to see how creative they get and how creative the owners respond. But in the end you've hit on it -- the owners determine how much they spend, and there has never been a time when it has been more calculated, more risk-managed, and more similar team to team to team. It's collusion by math. And it's going to be tricky for the players to crack that.
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I think it's a fair question to ask -- is that how it's being reported, or is that how it's been? As I mentioned a few times, Andrew Miller has stressed that the conversations outside of the headlines has been about the health, safety measures and understanding the virus, and the need to have an "evolving" plan of action. I've also heard that from several players not directly involved in the talks. They've said that they have questions on that regard because less is known about it. They know what prorated salaries look like and the difference for them between a 54-game schedule and a 60-game schedule or 86-game schedule. What they don't yet know is what to do if the virus infiltrates a team, or a manager gets it, or how travel will be handled or what it means for Toronto. Lots of questions. And they're being asked. But not all of them have reached the headlines. So, is that how we -- reporters -- are covering it, or what gets attention these days? Those are fair questions to ask.
Twitter has given a platform to fans with any voice. It's changed the conversation. And that's true for players, too. Check out how many of them are saying things on Twitter or implying things on Twitter they wouldn't say to a reporter or put on TV. It's given them a comfort zone to say what they feel when they feel it. Same as fans.
I wish. Appears doubtful. This is something that owners need to find a way to address, and just don't seem to be eager to do so, even when it comes up and generates some conversation, it just doesn't go anywhere.
Innings should start with the bases empty. That's it. Don't mind ties. I don't like carnivals.
This is a good point. We do see these negotiations through the lens of what they might look like in the future, and that adds to the frustration. Players and owners do, too.
Well, see, it's Jack Buck day at MLB Network so ... um, well ... Baseball was fine then, but I don't think we can say 1991 was exactly pure. It would have a hard time passing today's drug test, no?
The virus. If baseball doesn't happen this season, it will be the virus that got it, not any of the posturing of the two sides. They're coming to a head today, and there is mutually beneficial reasons to play, to get a season off the ground, to get over their differences, and to get past their distrust and to try and play and do so safely and with health in mind. And if that cannot happen, the leading culprit has been and will be the virus and our response to it.
Only one Cardinals player is directly involved in the vote, and that's Andrew Miller. I do not know how he's going to vote, not after the latest round of discussions. I also haven't pestered him to ask, to be honest. Been chatting with you all. And I believe he's busy.
Look, the KBO and NPB have been able to find a way to play games, and they have done so in part because of the practices of their leagues and their teams and their players -- and, yes, the policies of their cities and countries. I spoke with an infectious disease expert this past week, and he agreed that it's tough, but it's possible. I asked him if it would be impossible to go to places where the virus is spiking, and his point: 'The virus is everywhere.' So good habits have to travel too, and that would allow a team to move and a team to stay at a distance. Testing is key. Discipline is key. Knowing where people are going and when, and how they go there and do they where a mask and social distance while there -- all part of that plan. Just as we see with the other leagues that are playing. If sports are going on in other countries, then it's possible, and what does it say not about the sport, but about the country, if we cannot get to the same place?
Please see the previous answer. It's difficult. It's not impossible. But it takes commitment, and not just from the players.
Terry Fuller played 63 games this past season at short-season ball. He hit .230/.343/.365 and had five homers. He also had almost as many strikeouts (80) as total bases (84). It is the most that he's played in a season in part because he was given time away from games to really work on a swing and gain experience that he did not have coming into the system. He remains in the organization, and this would have been a movement year for him -- movement into view, up the organization, possibly to a full-season roster, and movement so they know what they have in him as a prospect.
I don't agree. For some, sure. But not for all.
Do they though? They have ideas for a plan. They have the benefit of having started their seasons and gotten close to the end of it. So, the NHL and NBA are bargaining from different points in the calendar and in the revenue pool than MLB. But I haven't seen a game from the NHL or NBA yet, have you?
That would imply that the teams aren't doing anything with these players, and that's not the case. They can provide different plans for the players. For the Cardinals, that has meant the Dept. of Performance working with the trainers to keep in touch with the players and give them some direction, some advice, some goals. I don't think we can just strip the players or teams of those factors and say, hey, let biology take over. It's more like that this is going to give an edge to the prospects/players who are self-starters, show initiative, and, sadly, have the best facilities to make use of. A player who drifts during this year, may not advance as he hoped or as the team intended, regardless of his biology/genes/talents and whatever input he's getting from the team.
Not that leap to mind, no.
As I said, there is baseball and sports in other countries. We should take note of that when assessing blame.