We are missing Chicago White Sox pitchers and catchers
It is okay to wake up a sad Chicago White Sox fan today. In fact, it is okay to wake up a sad fan of Major League Baseball in general today. It would be a lot of fun to sit here and predict batting orders, rotations, bullpens, and everything else but instead, we don’t even know if there will be baseball.
On Tuesday, we were reminded that pitchers and catchers were supposed to be at spring training ready to go for the 2022 season. It is always nice to see everyone start to show up following the completion of the Super Bowl. Not this year.
Instead, on the day that was supposed to be the first official day of spring training, we are on the 77th day of the lockout. Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Player’s Association haven’t been able to find labor peace.
The league looks horrible here. They think that locking out the players is the best way to get a deal done. That is a bad bargaining technic because it already sets everyone off on the wrong foot. We just want baseball. Nobody likes hearing these guys battle over economics.
The Chicago White Sox needs the MLB and MLBPA to figure it out.
Modernize the game with the rules (which they already are starting to), let players make their money quicker, and pay Minor League Baseball players fairly. It really shouldn’t be all that hard but the owners are rich men who only care about their bottom lines.
It is okay, as mentioned before, to miss the pitchers and catchers. As usual, the position players are usually not far behind. This should be a time for preparation and excitement but instead, it is just one big headache for everyone involved.
Michael Kopech is trying to move back into a starter role. How is that supposed to be easy when he has no access to Ethan Katz or anyone that he needs to be working with. Instead, the greed is causing him to miss that valuable time.
Kopech isn’t the only pitcher that is suffering from this stuff. Young players like Garrett Crochet and Dylan Cease could really use this help as well. Even team doctors who help them with their health are unavailable which is so scary for guys who had injuries to end 2021. Even veteran arms like Lucas Giolito and Lance Lynn are missing out.
It isn’t just pitchers either. The position players need to get their reps and training done as well. Until this deal happens, they have to find their own way. Hopefully, this madness is closer to being over than it is the start. It has already been way too long.