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from the take-this! dept

Whether you are a baseball fan, or a sports activities fan generally, or not, common readers right here will know that we have coated points of many sports activities leagues and Major League Baseball particularly. As you’d anticipate with any main enterprise like MLB, a few of these posts have handled some nonsense mental property actions the league has undertaken, however many extra of them have been optimistic articles concerning the forward-thinking people at MLB with regards to how they make their merchandise accessible utilizing fashionable expertise. The league’s web site work has at all times been notably good, whether or not it has been the improbable MLB.TV streaming web site the league operates, and even merely the bottom MLB.com web site itself.

But that latter web site has now change into a petty pawn being performed by MLB as a part of the proprietor’s lockout of gamers that simply kicked off. For non-MLB followers, the short model is that this: the collectively bargained labor settlement between homeowners and gamers expired this week and not using a new settlement inked. As a outcome, the gamers at the moment are locked out of workforce amenities by possession. That final bit is vital, as a result of many individuals have been describing this as a labor strike. It is not. At all. This is the homeowners refusing to let the gamers fulfill their duties. And as a part of that, it appears, MLB launched the next information replace on its MLB.com web site.

You could discover that the content material on this web site appears somewhat completely different than traditional. The motive for it’s because the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the gamers and the league expired simply earlier than midnight on Dec. 1 and a brand new CBA is at the moment being negotiated between the homeowners and the MLBPA.

Until a brand new settlement is reached, there shall be limitations on the kind of content material we show. As a outcome, you will notice much more content material that focuses on the sport’s wealthy historical past. Once a brand new settlement is reached, the up-to-the minute information and evaluation you could have come to anticipate will proceed as traditional.

It’s unclear exactly what sport MLB is enjoying with this transfer, however the finish result’s an internet site that’s virtually completely bereft of content material on any present MLB participant. While the stats and standings from final season are nonetheless accessible of their tabs, all the foremost web page is now stuffed solely with content material about gamers now not enjoying. Players which can be on this yr’s Hall of Fame poll, as an illustration, or test ins with Ichiro exhibiting up at a highschool to hit residence runs. Interested in Vin Scully’s ideas on Gil Hodges? MLB.com has you coated! Want to know something new about Kris Bryant or Mike Trout? You’ll should go elsewhere.

The league is making noises about having to adjust to federal labor legal guidelines relating to using participant likenesses in promotional or promoting materials, however that does not make that a lot sense within the context of merely itemizing gamers at the moment beneath contract and on workforce rosters. Instead, this appears to be an try to, in some method, punish present gamers by ripping away any fame or notoriety they could get by way of the MLB.com web site. It’s additionally notable that every particular person workforce web site will get feeds instantly from MLB.com and people websites too are modified in the same method. Perhaps most surprisingly, the headshots of all present gamers have been eliminated and changed by generic avatars of faceless heads

It may be that MLB is simply enjoying it actually, actually protected on the labor legal guidelines state of affairs… however I doubt it. This is extra doubtless a part of the general strong-arm tactic by workforce homeowners which can be crying poor to the gamers’ union whereas beating the CBA buzzer handy gamers tens of millions and tens of millions of {dollars} on the identical time. And, simply so as to add extra to the combo, this all is going on on the identical time MLB admitted it has been messing with the forms of balls inside the sport, introducing a number of in another way behaving balls in a league that’s completely pushed by statistics for what is meant to be a uniform sport.

Not precisely the ammo the homeowners want going into CBA negotiations, to make sure.

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