Baseball games should be starting at the end of this month, but they aren’t. What am I supposed to do without baseball to focus on — talk to my family? I have had to spend four completely uninterrupted months paying attention to them. I stared out the window and waited for spring. Spring is here. Where is the baseball?
In the meantime we should probably come up with some hobbies for the average baseball fan to take up. Here are some things I have come up with...
- re-watch The Office
- practice my ukulele
- contemplate our place in the universe and the fleeting nature of existence
- teach my dogs that trick where you point a finger-gun at them and say “bang” and they play dead. That would be so cute.
- stew over the monopolistic system that has given MLB essentially a death grip on the baseball market and thus currently deprives me of one of things that provides me true joy
- learn to sew
I’ll keep you posted on the dog training — I think that is going to be a big success.
We heard fans want baseball.— Memphis Redbirds (@memphisredbirds) March 1, 2022
what else is going on in baseball...
MLB's best-and-final offer:— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) March 1, 2022
- No changes to CBT thresholds (220/220/220/224/230)
- A $5M increase on pre-arb bonus pool from $25M to $30M
- An increase of minimums from $675K to $700K, moving up $10K/year
The MLBPA's previous offer:— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) March 1, 2022
- CBT thresholds at 238/244/250/256/263
- Pre-arb bonus pool at $85M with $5M annual increases
- Minimums at $725K going up $20K a year
Person- “so how are the meetings going?”— Andrew McCutchen (@TheCUTCH22) March 1, 2022
Me-“ you ever seen that one scene in The Notebook?” pic.twitter.com/23li0X2TGi
Statement from the Major League Baseball Players Association: pic.twitter.com/rmpciPsQm4— MLBPA Communications (@MLBPA_News) March 1, 2022
MLB wanted to implement a pitch clock, ban shifts and have larger bases for the 2023 season during the last two days of talks.— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) March 1, 2022
Hearing now that players are resistant as a group to 14 teams in the playoffs, and it’s not just 1, 2 or a few against it. Theres’s “widespread consensus” not to go to 14 postseason teams.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) March 1, 2022
I am quite certain the MLBPA is more than aware of the side effects of larger, poorly wincentivized playoffs.— Dan Szymborski (@DSzymborski) March 1, 2022
They presumably didn't hire Craig Edwards from @FanGraphs for his windswept, flowing locks.