MLB owners have spent the past several weeks trying to make the league's players look bad, and the strategy doesn't make much sense. The players reportedly proposed a 114-game season in an effort to save face a few weeks back, while the owners are very clearly prepared to kick the can down the road, set on playing as few as 48 games. After all, that's all they claim to be able to afford, repeatedly stretching out the same financial numbers in multiple different offers.
But, if you believe St. Louis Cardinals chairman Bill DeWitt Jr., the owners are the ones who want more baseball, despite...repeatedly offering less baseball.
Nah. Nice try.
The first thing that makes no sense is DeWitt saying they are convincing the players to play more games. That is what the players wanted in the first place.
He also went on to say that he is not in a profitable business. Well, a recent purchase he made certainly contradicts that wild claim.
If DeWitt thinks the business isn't profitable, which it is, he shouldn't be in the business in the first place. Not being able to buy a fourth or fifth mansion isn't something that will win him much sympathy from anyone.
MLB players seem to be on board with the idea of playing as many games as possible. The owners are the ones who are letting time tick away, and both sides may be forced to play a drastically shortened season. If the goal is money, DeWitt needs to think twice before he speaks.