Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig wanted to expand the playoffs in order to help define his final legacy as baseball's custodian. Michael Weiner, head of the MLB Players' Association, appeased him.
Selig wanted to stifle spending on amateur talent in baseball. Weiner appeased him.
Selig wanted to swat down small-market teams with new rules about free-agent compensation, minimum salary and Super Two eligibility. Eagerly, Weiner appeased him.
Don't think for one moment the choice of words is coincidence. Appeasement it was. That's the official term of modernity for the cowardly refusal to stand up to tyranny and villainy, and Weiner did no less by appeasing Selig.
Don't buy the hype. Don't stand for the rhetoric about 21 years of labor peace. Don't applaud either side of the table on which MLB's new Collective Bargaining Agreement was hammered out. They don't deserve it.
The new order they have created is an assault on the game. It's dreadful. A lockout, painful though it might be, as it would have infringed upon the winter's usual baseball wheeling and dealing, would have been far preferable to this dreck.
Here are 10 reasons the CBA should tick you off.