Archive: March, 2022
TMP admits history of unfriendly pricing with reduced-price "Fan-Friendly" menu
In a surprising change of pattern, the powers that be at T-Mobile Park have decided to offer some lower-priced concessions for Mariner games in 2022.
Extra-inning garbage reinstated
The Commissioner's office and the MLB Players Association have agreed to reinstate the "zombie runner" rule in the upcoming season. The rule, which places a baserunner at second base at the start of each extra inning, had initially been added only as a special COVID-related adjustment and was intended to be in use only in 2020 and 2021.
Mariners trade for All-Star OF
Seattle general manager Jerry Dipoto was back to his dealing ways today. In a deal with the Cincinnati Reds, Dipoto acquired outfielder Jesse Winker and third baseman Eugenio Suárez to bolster the Mariners' lineup. Both players are former All-Stars, Winker last season and Suárez in 2018.Winker has been one of the National League's most impressive hitters, though the sample size is on the small side. Last season he posted a fantastic batting line of .305/.394/.556, continuing a career-long display of terrific on-base skills—since turning pro out of high school in 2012, the left-handed Floridian's worst on-base percentage was .357 (2019...
The new normal: CBA changes leave a sour taste
The lockout is over. Yesterday the negotiating parties—Commissioner Manfred and the Major League Baseball owners on one side, the MLB Players' Association on the other—signed on the dotted line and enacted a new collective bargaining agreement that will be in place for five years. Opening Day will be a week late, but we will get a full 162-game season, COVID-era rules are gone (i.e. no more free baserunner in extra innings and no more 7-inning doubleheaders), and all is once again right with the world.
Lockout ending, Opening Day set for April 7
The lockout is ending. Baseball will be played. And the delay for the regular season is only going to be one week.
Solving the lockout: CBT
Right now the negotiations continue late into the night between the MLB ownership cabal and the players' union as they allegedly try to come to agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement and end the owners' lockout. Commissioner Manfred has declared that if there is no agreement by morning he will cancel more games and push the start of the season back even further.
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