An open letter to the MLB and the MLBPA
Hey guys, I know you are busy meeting and posing and pretending to negotiate, but just wanted to remind you of the elephant that is not in the room. The fans.
Yes, I know we are not really a part of the negotiations and from your point we shouldn’t be. But I wanted to remind you that when you are slicing and dicing up that multi-billion dollar pie, that in reality it’s our pie.
There is always a lot of talk about how the players want a bigger chunk of the owner’s money and how the owners are extremely rich people who can afford it and that the players are spoiled brats – blah blah blah. But whether you or anyone wants to admit it – those billions and millions spring forth from our tens and hundreds. We buy the tickets, food, drinks, clothing and souvenirs at the park. We pay the ever-increasing cable bills that fuel the ever-increasing cable deals with the league. We buy the products whose advertising ends up on your broadcasts.
And what do we want for our “investment”? Really not much. We want ballgames. We want the season to start on time. While we love having our young players (Kyle Tucker, Yordan Alvarez anyone?) as long as possible, we don’t want the argument about the amount of years to arbitration or free agency to affect the start of the baseball season. We don’t care about how much money certain billionaires in big markets have to pay billionaires in small markets for not owning the teams in the big markets. We don’t care about how much bonus money might or might not be set aside to compensate players who have not made it to arbitration. We don’t care how they handle the International free agents (even though we probably should since the Astros have done a good in that market).
But we do care about baseball and the season starting on time. Make it happen.