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A vote for Tom Werner for commissioner is a vote to return to the dark ages

Aug 13, 2014, 12:09 PM EDT

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From the New York Times, handicapping tomorrow’s vote for the next commissioner:

[Tom] Werner has the support of Jerry Reinsdorf, the owner of the Chicago White Sox, and Arte Moreno, the Los Angeles Angels’ owner, who believe that Manfred has given too many concessions to the players union and want the next commissioner to be more confrontational.

Getting tough with the players? The last time that was the stated goal of baseball owners the strike happened. Since there has been greater cooperation between the union and the owners, revenues have skyrocketed, the players’ share of revenue has fallen from close to 50% to closer to 40% and, left to its own devices, the union has been weakened and, time and again, has given away rights without getting an equal return. Think drug testing and penalties, the caps on amateur and international signing bonuses and draft pick compensation getting tied to free agency.

Why, against that backdrop, some owners want to return to what they were doing from the 1960s through the 1990s and take on the union in a “confrontational” way is beyond me. The only thing that could unite the MLBPA in the way it was united a decade or two ago is to attack it. I guess some people want to do that. I guess some people don’t learn from history.

It’s gonna take quite a guy to make Bud Selig look like some jiu-jitsu master. But it looks like those who are backing Tom Werner are going to give it a shot.

  1. devilsmetsgiants - Aug 13, 2014 at 6:20 PM

    Moreno is sick and tired of being forced to pay his players over $20m a year.

  2. wpjohnson - Aug 13, 2014 at 6:51 PM

    The players and their union need to be reeled in. If Werner can do so, he should be chosen. All this union BS is ruining the game. If these boys can’t play baseball, what will they do? Most have no other marketable skills and aren’t exactly valedictorian material. The owners, on the other hand, will still have the millions they have earned or inherited through the years.. Good for them.

    • Kevin S. - Aug 13, 2014 at 7:13 PM

      How is the game being ruined? The finances have never been healthier, competitive balance is on par with the NFL and far greater than the NBA, they’ve had labor peace for twenty years… and you want to blow it all up to shift money from the product generating this record revenue to the already-billionaire owners. Brilliant plan, that.

    • [citation needed] fka COPO - Aug 13, 2014 at 7:37 PM

      inherited through the years.. Good for them.

      Says all you need to know. The guys who win the genetic lottery, let them keep at it. The guys who have worked hard to get to the top of their profession, screw them!

    • tearlw - Aug 13, 2014 at 7:39 PM

      Trolls be trolling.

    • historiophiliac - Aug 13, 2014 at 8:59 PM

      Lucky for Stephen Hawking that he can sit around and do science. What other marketable skill does he have? God knows he isn’t reality show material. He should be glad someone pays him just to be smart. He’s no Donald Trump job-creator. If he was so good, why didn’t he inherit billions from someone else’s discoveries?

  3. disgracedfury - Aug 13, 2014 at 7:03 PM

    The puppet of the owners will win the job as Selig was a snake and only did what was a befit for the owners.

  4. twinfan24 - Aug 13, 2014 at 7:41 PM

    No one ever accused the owners of being intelligent when it came to MLB

  5. rohlo - Aug 13, 2014 at 10:10 PM

    tome werner is a P.O.S. i rememebr he bought the padres and firesaled them!! guy is a slimeball!!!

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