Alexander: Don’t buy tickets for baseball opening day yet

The world according to Jim:

• I hope I’m wrong, but I suspect that the lockout that MLB called Thursday will not end soon, and possibly not by the projected March 31 opening of the 2022 season.

The storm clouds have been apparent for more than a year. The angry rhetoric between management and players on the eve of the 2020 pandemic-shortened schedule – a schedule unilaterally implemented by commissioner Rob Manfred after sparring on financial terms, length of schedule, and just about everything else – was the tipoff that “labor peace,” if there has been such a thing, was about to end. …

• And before accepting the common notion that the game has enjoyed uninterrupted “labor peace” since the 1994 strike that wiped out the World Series, a brief history lesson: On August 30, 2002, owners and players came to an agreement a day before the players were to walk out. Angel fans, at least, should be eternally grateful.) …

• Don’t be fooled. It’s all about the money. Management has won significant concessions from players in the past couple of collective bargaining agreements, and it’s worth noting that as the sport’s overall revenues climbed every year to a record $10.3 billion in 2019, the talent’s share of those revenues decreased.

And here’s a reminder: We don’t go to the ballpark to watch the owners. …

• The free-agent frenzy before the lockout deadline may have been a…

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