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Monday, December 06, 2021

Major League Baseball is headed for a lockout. Is Ted Cruz the only one who can stop it?

If Cruz truly wants to take action to punish Manfred and the league’s owners, he can.

The league’s collective bargaining agreement expires in December. With relations between owners and the players’ union chilly at best, fans are bracing for the possibility that owners could lock out players before the 2022 season could start.

Cruz and the Senate could take the lockout card off the table. Under the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act, lockouts would be banned, unless employees already had gone on strike.

The players’ union has publicly supported the PRO Act. The league has said nothing, aware that the number of senators currently committed to vote yes is not enough to win.

Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Va.), who shepherded the PRO Act through the House of Representatives, said he has no idea whether the bill can pass the Senate.

“The Senate is not a functioning legislative body at this point,” Scott told The Times.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 06, 2021 at 08:03 PM | 13 comment(s)
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Wednesday, September 29, 2021

We Polled Members Of Congress … About Baseball

First off, 13 of the 19 congresspeople we surveyed (68 percent) opposed the universal DH and wanted pitchers to continue hitting in the National League.4 “One of the things that makes baseball unique is that there are differences between the American and National League,” Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy told FiveThirtyEight. Republican Rep. Blake Moore agreed and used data to back up his point: “The World Series win count since 1973, when the designated hitter was implemented, is essentially equal between leagues (25 American League wins, 22 National League wins). These data suggest there is no inherent advantage for one league over the other.” Republican Rep. Brad Wenstrup, however, reluctantly disagreed. “I personally would like the AL to adopt pitcher hitting, rather than have the NL cave. But the rules should be the same.” And Wenstrup can rest easy knowing the public is on his side: A March 2021 Harris/The Athletic poll found that 59 percent of adults who followed MLB supported bringing the DH to the National League, while only 41 percent opposed it.

Second, 12 of the 19 (63 percent) said they disliked the new rule that each game in a doubleheader lasts only seven innings5 — even though, ironically, the Congressional Baseball Game itself is only seven innings long. “Seven inning contests involving a ball and bat are called softball games,” Democratic Rep. Joe Morelle insisted.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 29, 2021 at 02:54 PM | 7 comment(s)
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