4. Vilifying Players
Are we heading towards another players’ strike? It seems so because Manfred is allowing the owners to set themselves up in opposition to their rosters. The cold war is already brewing with the outrage over player salaries during the current health crisis still bubbling.
Furthermore, MLB has failed to help promote its players effectively. According to the New York Times, less than 45 percent of Americans know who Mike Trout is. In contrast, 95% know LeBron James and 89% are aware of Tom Brady. In sum, it’s all about the owners and the money.