White Sox division rival helps MLB lockdown continue
Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association have been the main story of all sports lately. Unfortunately, it is for the wrong reasons that a lockout is underway. It looks like the owner of a division rival Chicago White Sox is causing a lot of trouble.
The Athletic’s Evan Drellich ($) reported that the Detroit Tigers were one of four Major League franchises to oppose MLB’s luxury tax increase to $220 million. This is a very interesting development as the lockout has now eaten away at regular season games.
Tigers owner Chris Ilitch, Bob Castellini of the Cincinnati Reds, Ken Kendrick of the Arizona Diamondbacks and Arte Moreno of the Los Angeles Angels are behind this opposition to the new luxury tax.
Of course, if the luxury tax increases, the big teams in the market will spend more, which will force the smaller teams to also spend more if they want to be competitive. This means that these four owners apparently have no interest in spending enough money to compete in the big leagues.
It’s a little surprising to hear after the offseason that Detroit has had. They made a few different moves that greatly improve their team and hit the wallet a bit. Why Ilitch would reject this is a complete mystery.
The league has seen its revenue increase over the past ten years, but player salaries have actually fallen on average. All the players want is a fair deal, but the greedy owners don’t seem to be getting it and Rob Manfred isn’t doing anything about it.
The Chicago White Sox and Detroit Tigers who run the AL Central would be awesome.
Yeah, as White Sox fans, it would be nice to see the Tigers not spend a lot of money on not even threatening them for the top of the division. However, the game of baseball is what’s most important right now.
Ilitch is starting to look like one of the faces of the 2021-22 lockout ($), which is a tough thing for the sport. If the White Sox and Tigers were able to fight for the division year after year because both franchises run their businesses the right way, both would thrive financially. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem like anyone in power sees it that way.