It’s another day in paradise as a baseball fan, as Major League Baseball continues to focus more time on painting the MLB Players Association as the villains rather than actually coming to the bargaining table. The latest tactic involved asking for federal mediation — which the players rejected since the problem has been simply getting MLB to the table — and now they’ll try to paint the MLBPA in a bad light for declining. Never mind the fact that MLB spent most of December-January stalling and forcing a lockout, and also declined to make a counteroffer this week after saying that they would do so. Kick rocks, Rob Manfred.
Today on the site, Andrés will look northward on the ascendant Blue Jays, who are hoping that 2022 will be their year, and Erin will reflect on the similarities between the Yankees’ recent championship drought and the one experienced by the Braves until this past year. Later on, John will consider position player All-Star droughts and how it might inform us about the Yankees’ priorities and Matt will explore who the Yankees’ other Mr. Months (à la Mr. October and Mr. November) would be.
1. Would you rather sit courtside at an NBA game or right behind the ice at an NHL game?
2. What’s your favorite memory of visiting another team’s ballpark?