Well, the Los Angeles Rams just won the Super Bowl and Texas Rangers fans are getting ready for the start of Spring…. wait a minute. It’s already been determined that the start of Spring Training has been delayed due to the MLB Lockout going on right now. And fans are looking squarely at commissioner Rob Manfred.
Baseball fans are usually happy when football is over, because that is when catchers and pitchers report to Spring Training. That’s not the case this year with this lockout, and we could see a bunch of long-time fans leave the sport. What is normally baseball’s time to shine after football fades away will instead be a dim reminder of how little we’ve come since the sport was stopped.
Making matters worse right now, the only two sports going on are basketball and hockey, and they are only going to be around for another three to four months.
Football season is over, which means we should be able to look forward to Texas Rangers baseball
If baseball doesn’t happen this season, it will be primarily on the owners and Manfred. You can’t keep playing baseball the old school way. Luckily, both sides have agreed to have the universal DH become permanent in baseball. That means the pitchers don’t have to bat for their club anymore. Fans that started watching baseball during the COVID-19 pandemic will most likely continue to watch due to that announcement. Also, I don’t think fans want to see their favorite All-Star pitcher get injured while at bat.
The only thing I think they should do right now is consider playing under the old collective bargaining agreement while negotiating the new one. There are millions of baseball fans around the world that watch MLB and delaying the season would mean potential revenue for teams going out the window.
If Manfred doesn’t want to do that and start the season on time, get both sides together next week and negotiate hard. Sometimes you have to swallow your pride and do what’s best for the league and not for your pockets.
If the agreement doesn’t happen soon, it could have a lasting impact on the Texas Rangers, as well as the entire league. The owners and Manfred have to think about that as it inches closer to what is hopefully 2022 Opening Day on March 31 when the Texas Rangers should take on the New York Yankees at Globe Life Field.