How Giants players then and now can help explain why there is a lockout – the Athletic



Over the next couple of months, I plan to write as if the lockdown isn’t happening. I’ll probably be writing freelance articles on Nick Castellanos, Seiya Suzuki, Kyle Schwarber, Kris Bryant and around 733 starting pitchers. There wouldn’t be any baseball games anyway, so it would be easy to pretend.

Underneath it all, however, will be fear. Fear that there is no spring training. Be concerned that real baseball games will be lost. The lockout is disgusting and no one likes it. If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance you’re a Giants fan. And that’s perfect, because it’s a team that can help explain the labor dispute perfectly.

Start with what owners want – there are 30 owners / property groups and they want to keep the income generated from baseball as much as possible. They would take 90 percent if they could. They would pay players $ 100,000 a year if they could. They would pay them in company certificates which were only accepted at a company store just outside the players’ dormitories if they could. Because these scenarios are not possible, the owners try to come up with a deal that allows them to keep the maximum amount of income under a deal that also satisfies the players’ association.

Fairly simple to explain in a paragraph.

Now let’s move on to what gamers want. It’s that simple, but more context is needed.

The salary structure in baseball is set so that the best players are, on average, the lowest paid. Don’t focus on individual players or contracts.

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