Work Stoppage

Thursday, 12/02/2021,
Copyrighted by Sarah Morris, 2021

A little hour ago, Major-League owners locked out the players since they cannot agree on a collective bargain agreement. This is the first work stoppage since 1994 when the work stoppage canceled the World Series that year.

First, I hope this work stoppage will not last past the scheduled beginning of spring training. According to Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred, this work stoppage now will help assure spring training will begin on time, but I am not hopeful. The two parties are far apart, and neither is ready to compromise. Both want to increase the competitiveness of our national pastime.

I know I am not being professional, but I side with the Players’ Association because I have worked for seventeen seasons for Major League Baseball Advanced Media. While I loved my job, MLBAM never paid above poverty level, and working for them was expensive since I needed a modern computer and internet access. MLBAM made me be self-employed so that I paid 15.9% of my income in self-employment taxes. During this time, I read Major League Baseball had $1 billion in profits. In 2018, no one told me they laid off my editor/boss. After I tracked down my new boss, they did not publish five articles I wrote. When I asked why, my new boss did not know where to publish my articles. I quit since I was unappreciated.

Before a player is eligible for arbitration, he does not get paid that much. He must tip bellhops, waitresses, and clubhouse attendants. Most the Major Leaguers do not have ten-year careers, meaning they have no pensions. Before free agency, most players do not make enough for life and can be traded at any time. Even small market teams make money from their massive television deals.

In recent years, many small-market teams have wanted to lose as much as possible so that they could get top draft picks to rebuild cheaply. This is awful for the sport.

While many big-name free agents signed before the lockout, there are many available. Most Major Leaguers do not make over $2 million a year during their prime.

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