Lockout Update

Well, what a difference a 16-hour desperation marathon mission can make. For weeks and weeks now, it has been clear — as I and many others have written — that there are no high-minded principles at stake in the baseball lockout. The fight is and has always been about money, hundreds of millions of dollars, and how it gets divvied up. The owners, having finally gained the strong upper hand after many decades of incompetent and arrogant negotiating, are not interested in giving back their gains. The players, having seen teams pull every trick in the book to avoid paying them their open-market value, want to see their salaries go back up again — total payroll in 2021 was the lowest it had been since 2015.

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