Buckle up, BCB readers, we’re in for quite the links post today. As I unfortunately predicted on Monday, tensions continue to mount between the two sides of baseball: owners and players, and an incredible gaffe by Rob Manfred on Monday resulted in a near-meltdown of baseball Twitter.
Reactions to Manfred switching from being 100 percent certain of a season to not 100 percent certain in the span of two days have created a mass of ridicule, player outcry, and fans who are ready to scrap the season (and some who think the sport itself is in jeopardy).
It has been quite a week so far and we’re only at the halfway mark, so let’s just jump into it.
- For starters, before we claim all players are spoiled millionaires, an anonymous take from someone making league average:
From an MLB player (journeyman, not a multi-millionaire): “I’m still paying my mortgage, and the bank is not giving me a discount because of the pandemic. My bills are all the same. Why don’t we deserve to get paid for the work that we do, as agreed? I don’t understand.”— Marly Rivera (@MarlyRiveraESPN) June 16, 2020
- Rob Mains has a (potentially) unpopular opinion as he tells fans to stop blaming Rob Manfred.
- But if you look to Craig Edwards at FanGraphs, he says Rob Manfred is threatening to cancel the season.
- At SI.com Stephanie Apstein tells you precisely where to lay the blame: with owners.
- Thomas Boswell reminds us it’s a good idea to not let billionaire owners pretend they’re struggling for money.
- Some folks are missing the Bud Selig days, and Craig Calcaterra suggests Rob needs Bud to bail him out.
- As rumors circulate that some owners don’t even want a season, Sean Doolittle has some other thoughts.
Hearing that 1200 players really want a season! Urgency for information on when and where so we can play baseball in 2020. https://t.co/Y0KoeN4iIE— Obi-Sean Kenobi Doolittle (@whatwouldDOOdo) June 16, 2020
- Meanwhile a cavalcade of players are replying “Tell us when and where” in regards to playing this season, and RotoWear didn’t miss a beat.
- Emma Baccellieri writes about how the Royals came out big winners in the undrafted free agent market.
- David Laurila features Kendall Graveman’s favorite pitch.
- Comic writer and artist Todd McFarlane might be regretting spending $3 million on that Mark McGwire ball now.
- Joe Posnanski continues to count down great baseball moments with the game where Pete Rose really broke Ty Cobb’s record. (The Athletic subscription required.)
- Jeff Wilson reminds us there’s a little thing called coronavirus set to spike in Texas that could cause problems for MLB if negotiations continue.
- Corey Brock has a countdown of the best broadcasters in baseball. (The Athletic subscription required.)
America’s most popular pro sports mascots, a state-by-state breakdown pic.twitter.com/wGYG7jbj28— Colorado Rockies (@Rockies) June 16, 2020
- Marc Topkin shares that Marcus Stroman has offered to help local Tampa-area players.
- A little self promotion, as I’m not sure everyone knows I have a baseball YouTube channel, but in this week’s new video I explain The Opener.
And tomorrow will be a better day than today, Buster. Make it so.