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  1. Has nothing to do with safe space, simply I don't want political statements thrown in my face with every pitch or at bat. Baseball was the one place where a person could relax and just watch the darn event without the crap of what going on in society in your face. I don't care if we are talking BLM or the NRA, Trump or Biden, baseball was an escape for me, but no longer is.
  2. Bought MLB.TV and had full intentions on watching it, and as many games as I could fit into my schedule this year. Now I'm attempting to cancel my subscription and don't plan on watch it, or any other baseball this year.
  3. Tony, just wanted to say I agree with you 100%. For me sports should be an escape, a break from the 'real world' crap we deal with on a daily basis. Over the past decade or so, I've slowly stopped being an NBA and NFL fan, largely due to all the social issues that are constantly intruding into the game. Baseball was still my refuge, a place where the issues of the day weren't constantly thrown into my face, where I could just relax, and set aside the partisanship that is dividing us so greatly. But that's being lost. I paid for mlb.tv early last week, but I'm calling today to see if it's too late to get a refund and cancel it. My enjoyment of the game will be greatly diminished due to the patches being worn and other possible constant reminders of the daily strife. Sadly, this baseball, and sports in general, fan is about to check out completely. Protest all you want, say whatever you'd like before or after the game...but during that short 3 hour or so window of game/air time, let's leave the devisive issues aside.
  4. From various reporting, it seems the owners are quite happy with him. While this may be a disaster to the rest of us, at the end of the day Manfred is an employee of the owners, and if they are happy then he isn't going anywhere. I have no inside info or anything like that, but that's the gist of what I've read and hear, a lot of it coming from the Baseball Tonight podcast, where they have been discussing the issue.
  5. Legit or not, it'd be another black eye and be an expense the owners would rather not have to worry about. From my understanding, some on the players side are chomping at the bit for a 'deal' to finally be worked out so they can file a grievance. Why should the owners agree to such a deal with MLBPA without an understanding that further litigation won't take place?
  6. Absolutely, provided I wasn't required to wear a mask. Of course I'm one of those that think we blew this entire situation way out of proportion. Luckily I live in a rural area, and we only have like 102 cases in the entire county, most in one nursing home that got hit really badly. When you go to the store around here less than 20% of folks are wearing masks or gloves or anything. But yes, I'd gladly go.
  7. No they won't 'make it up'. That is revenue that was expected, but will not be seen now. The TV revenue will not be increasing a dime to cover what's being lost...if anything TV revenues may also be cut depending on the particulars of the contracts as many local contracts often have viewership levels needed for advertising to pay the highest amounts. Now that will vary from team to team and situation to situation, but to act like the owners will be able to make up the lost money from not having fans in the seats really isn't realistic. I think the players are being completely unfair and unreasonable in refusing to budge off of their full pay per game demands. I've been a baseball fan since I was a small kid, and my opinion of the players and their union is as low as it's ever been in my life. So many folks are out of work or had to take a pay cut to keep their job (personally I was both...took a pay cut for about a month before losing job entirely...waiting to be called back to work hopefully soon, but who knows). I've seen the owners grudgingly increase the amount of money per game they are offering the players, yet the players have not budged a single percentage point from their 100% per game stance. They need to willing to compromise like so many other Americans have had to do so. JMO.
  8. 3 over reaches so far it seems. Not sure the strategy here...
  9. I'm the same. I only care about MLB and a very little about college football. The rest could shut down forever and wouldn't phase me a bit.
  10. I take Martin over Tork. I just feel like a good hitting first baseman is much easier to find later in draft or on the free agent market. We've had a dozen of them recently it seems (Davis, Trumbo, Mancini, etc). Therefore Martin would get my pick i think.
  11. Really? We all know that the underlying cause of the season not being played is the virus. But we have 2 sides who are trying to figure out how to deal with the aftermath. And in that negotiation both sides are taking specific positions that we, as fans, can look at and decide which is being the most reasonable and which side is doing their part to see the game we love start up again. Sorry if you find that 'silly', but it is what it is.
  12. I think I side with the owners so far in this particular situation. Unless something changes, if there is no baseball, I'll lay the blame largely at the players/union feet.
  13. Nah. You don't want to play, that's fine. But then you don't get paid nor do you get any service time. Paying them anything, even league minimum, is silly if they are refusing to do their job. I realize there are safely concerns. But I know of no one else who is refusing to work yet if still getting paid by their employer, provided it's possible to work. Ball players shouldn't be an exception.
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