Baltimore Orioles: Jim Palmer Offers Suggestion for 2020 MLB Season
As Camden Yards sits empty and the Baltimore Orioles work out from home, the question about whether or not the season will begin continues.
Baltimore Orioles Hall-of-Fame pitcher Jim Palmer has a suggestion to bring the MLB owners and players together to get them to agree.
In a Tweet, Palmer shared his thoughts:
Palmer might be on to something. Watching baseball movies might be exactly what the owners and players need to remember the magic of the game. It’s nearly impossible to not feel warm and cozy after watching Field of Dreams or another great like The Sandlot.
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Palmer may not have directly said it, but with so much negativity between the owners and players, the romance and joy of the game seems to have been forgotten. Instead, the focus has turned to agents, lawyers, and profits.
Baseball brings people together. But the way it’s being treated by the professionals and the billionaires who employ them, it is pushing people apart right in front of the fans who want to see it so badly.
Having negotiations through Zoom could be part of the problem. It takes away some of the human element. Body language is tough to read on a screen, and negotiations require more than words. This is why Palmer’s idea is so innovative: it brings back the human element and reminds all parties why they fell in love with the game themselves.
Maybe the players don’t need to watch a movie with the owners to get ready for baseball. According to a Tweet from David Hess, the players want to play.
His Tweet was in response to a response, which seemed to be one in an never-ending spiral of back-and-forth talks with the MLBPA and the owners. Tony Clark, the executive director shared the players’ feelings, also via Twitter:
There isn’t much time left to make a decision about playing professional baseball. Some baseball – not affiliated with the MLB is getting set to return. For example, the Northwoods League that has teams in North Dakota, Michigan, Illinois, and Wisconsin has already held live games with limited fans in the stands.
In the Atlantic League, which is the home of the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs, the Sugar Land Skeeters in Texas are planning a four-team league at the field. As states offer opening options, these local professional teams are finding ways to make baseball work.
Yes, the health and safety of players matters. But at this point, the arguments don’t seem to be about that anymore. It’s turned from protecting health to protecting money. This isn’t a good look for the League, and it’s time to remember what baseball is about.