At a payroll of $136 million the Braves are what I would hope the Orioles will be in 2024. A rising team, full of young talent, that the owner and GM have identified as needing some costly veteran talent to get over the hump to the next level of competition.
I think it's been too long since the last stoppage. None of the players were around for it. I think a lot of the players have a real chip on their shoulders over how they got out-negotiated the last time and they want the type of big win that owners isn't going to give them.
No, no...milk the pandemic AND the work stoppage.
I think cooler heads will prevail.
Both sides know what's at stake. MLB and the MLBPA have to be aware that baseball is declining in popularity, lagging behind the NFL and probably the NBA. They know that a work stoppage would be a huge, huge black mark on the game and it would dig a deeper hole, maybe one that they could truly never recover from.
There's really not much they could do. They can't rely on Cal chasing 2,130 to gain fan interest, there's nothing like that on the horizon. They can't turn a blind eye to a PED problem and rely on huge amounts of home runs and home run chases to revitalize interest.
You've got guys like Ohtani and Trout to promote but they do a pathetic job of that. There's a ton of young talent playing right now but they can't generate the interest for these guys.
SG is right, they do look doom and gloom but I think they'll figure this out. But as OFST80s said, you can never bet against the MLB doing something stupid and Manfred is involved so...there's a chance.