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As the woke virus spreads across American society faster than Covid, baseball – supposedly the national pastime – has been turned into yet another cesspool of sanctimony, hypocrisy, and sheer stupidity. In fact the recent trend toward major-league descent into political desolation is being fed by a deeper, more protracted legacy of institutional corruption and monopolistic power. All pretenses of an uplifting professional sport dedicated to high principles, fairness, and “level playing field” have now been revealed as more bankrupt than ever.

Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred’s ill-informed decision to relocate the All-Star game from Georgia to Colorado in the wake of outsized liberal panic over a new Georgia voting law simply adds to the legacy. “Baseball fundamentally supports voting rights for all Americans and opposes restrictions to the ballot box”, Manfred said. “Fair access to voting continues to have our game’s unwavering support.” Democrats and such groups as Rock the Vote have fiercely denounced the commonplace regulations as a recycling of Jim Crow, although the law does nothing more than require absentee voters to furnish valid ID, a stipulation hardly unique to Georgia.

Magic Johnson, part owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers, tweeted: “I want to applaud and extend a thank you to MLB Commissioner Manfred for moving the All-Star game out of Georgia . . . Way to be a leader and take a strong stance.” What exactly bothered Johnson was not made clear. Not to be outdone, LeBron James, having recently joined ownership of the Boston Red Sox with a stake in the Fenway Sports Group, added: “Proud to call myself part of the MLB family today.”

What precisely has Manfred and MLB managed to achieve with this unprecedented decision? What “values” are ostensibly being preserved? Within days of Manfred’s impulsive decision the backlash began to surface. From the hometown Atlanta Braves: “This was neither our decision nor our recommendation, and we are saddened that fans will not be able to see this event in our city. Unfortunately, business, employees, and fans in Georgia are the victims of this decision.” The victims happen to reside in an urban area that is more than 50 percent black – compared to Denver’s roughly seven percent black population.

Nor did this woke deceit impress one of the few black co-owners of an MLB enterprise, Kim Blackwell of the Cincinnati Reds. Blackwell denounced Manfred’s hasty move in strongest terms, stating the Commissioner was unfairly punishing Georgia, the Braves, its fans, and the many local businesses and workers. Manfred had simply “failed to do his homework.

Blackwell recognized what should be obvious – that presuming blacks (or any ethnic or racial group) will face insurmountable obstacles coming up with an ID for voting or indeed any other purpose is itself plainly condescending, racist. It is worth asking how many of those Democrats screaming about the horrors of voting IDs now favor more irrational vaccine passports. How many will need an ID getting on a plane to Denver – or picking up tickets at the gate?

There is the deeper question as to whether the suddenly woke baseball establishment can ultimately pass the test of ethical consistency. As noted, MLB has long been a particularly corrupt American institution. For nearly a century the major leagues have been granted an indefensible exemption from corporate anti-trust laws, endowing its owners with virtually unchallengeable levels of monopoly power — the capacity to play by their own economic rules.

In 1922 the Supreme Court declared that baseball was not engaged in interstate commerce – a ridiculous assertion then and now – and would therefore be excused from just-passed antitrust legislation. The high court reaffirmed this decision in 1953 and 1972, meaning that MLB has been alone among professional sports leagues in its exemption. One result is that MLB has stood forever as a legal monopoly, otherwise known as the “baseball anomaly”. No federal bill to override this strange exemption has ever made it out of committee in either the House or Senate. Congress too has shown itself to be content with baseball’s legal monopoly.

MLB owners and their puppet commissioner have been able to exert such inordinate corporate leverage owing to their ruthless lobbies posing as exemplars of the “American pastime”. As Rep. Emanuel Cellar once explained: “I want to say that I have never known, in my 35 years of experience, of as great a lobby that descended upon the House than the organized baseball lobby . . . They came upon Washington like locusts.” Andrew Zimbalist writes in Baseball and Billions that the MLB antitrust exemption has not only subverted prospects of a rival league but has guaranteed a destructive “culture of arrogance and mismanagement” within ownership ranks. So much for Manfred’s pious moralizing about fairness, equity, and “our special values as a sport”.

Manfred’s removal of the All-Star game from Georgia might turn out, however, to be counter-productive for baseball. Fans seem to be sliding away from the game in droves, recent polls indicating a greater than 30-percent drop in baseball TV viewership. Meanwhile, the Senate is moving to jettison the MLB antitrust exemption, led by Senators Mike Lee, Ted Cruz, and Josh Hawley. They are asking, finally, why such a monopolistic enterprise should be given preferential treatment over other sectors, why in effect baseball should be granted what amounts to huge federal subsidies and other benefits.

MLB has long been fraudulent in other ways. Its very structure is grossly biased and discriminatory, privileging just a few elite, big-market teams over all others. As baseball teams enter competition, their enormous disparity of resources inevitably reflects the lie about “integrity of the game” and “equal playing field”. Those resources include money, media exposure, market reach, payroll levels, and more. Teams located in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Boston have always enjoyed overwhelming advantages. These elite organizations routinely dominate the landscape, which means that every season, among 32 baseball teams, no more than five or six have reasonable hopes of getting to the World Series. With rare exceptions, players from all other teams will be watching TV in October.

Opening Day 2021 MLB payrolls are starkly revealing. With a stupendous payroll of \$235 million the L.A. Dodgers (2020 World Series champs) exceeded that of the second-place New York Yankees (at \$191 million) by almost the total payroll of several teams at the bottom. With an average MLB payroll of \$120 million, the few teams with collective salaries over \$170 million (Dodgers, Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Houston Astros, etc.) can feel abundantly confident of reaching post-season competition. Occasional outliers (the 2020 Tampa Bay Rays, at \$65 million, for example) represent nothing but a marked deviation from the norm. Such teams as the Seattle Mariners (\$64 million), Miami Marlins (\$49 million), and Baltimore Orioles (\$45 million) have virtually zero chances of success. No one at the summits of MLB power has done anything to correct this monstrous disparity.

Manfred and the MLB owners can endlessly virtue-signal about the need for fairness in American elections, yet their sprawling empire offers a scandalous example of how ruthless, corporate, big-market monopolies continue to make a farce of an “equal playing field”. Their decision to move the All-Star game from Georgia to Colorado ranks of extreme hypocrisy. Their outrageously rigged sport, where corporate power and media leverage dictate everything, reveals more than anything the duplicitous character of those who would lecture others about “equal access” and “our values”.

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  1. Stop watching MLB and start promoting local matches. Shift the ethics from wokeness to localism.

    That’s the only way to save the sport or any other.

  2. ((((Every. Single. Time.))))

  3. “antitrust legislation”?

    Need to Google that.

    • LOL: goldgettin
    • Replies: @Curmudgeon
  4. While I agree with a lot the author says…

    … It kills your credibility when you don’t know the number of teams in the league.

    It would be interesting to see another league spring up. With the role changes being implemented, MLB really shouldn’t be allowed to call itself ‘Baseball’ anymore.

  5. Baseball is an American cultural institution.
    The objective of globalism is to destroy such national institutions.

    The challenge for globalism: How to turn Americans against their own institutions.
    Clearly, they have found a way.
    They are toppling sports institutions much as they topple monuments,
    but with the help of patriots. MLB, NBA, NFL, and NASCAR are all being toppled.


  6. Trinity says:

    Small market teams were relatively very successful in the Sixties, Seventies, and Eighties. St. Louis is a small market and the second only to the Yankees in World Series victories. The Cardinals appeared in 3 World Series in the 1960s and in 3 World Series in the 1980s, wining half of those 6 World Series appearances. Baltimore appeared in 4 World Series in the 1960s and 1970s and was a perennial contender all the way up to their last World Series victory in 1983. The O’s also had some good teams in the late 1990s and as recently as a few years ago playing in the American League Championship Series in 2014, before turning to total shit. St. Louis appeared in 4 World Series since 2000 and won 2 of them. Oakland A’s, yet another small market team won 3 straight World Series in the 1970’s and appeared in 3 straight World Series in the late 1988-1990. Cincinnati Reds of the 1970s appeared in 3 World Series. The Reds beat the Oakland A’s in 1990 for their last world championship. Kansas City Royals won as recently as 2015, yet another small market team.

    Yet all this doesn’t matter because MLB has gotten as bad as the NFL and NBA with their (((politics.))) Never watched or cared much for basketball and haven’t watched a full game since the 1993 Finals pitting the Bulls vs. the Phoenix Suns. So boycotting basketball has pretty much been no biggie. Haven’t watched a college or professional football game in 3 years, and I don’t miss it one bit. I will now boycott MLB as well. Once again, no big deal. I have started showing interest in other sports like lacrosse, a sport with only a few negroes, but if the NCAA starts their shit with lacrosse and other sports, then I will boycott all of the NCAA sports programs.

  7. @Greta Handel

    Try “Auntie’s Trust” instead.

  8. Anonymous[163] • Disclaimer says:

    I don’t think the anti-trust exemption really means much nowadays in terms of preventing another league from forming. The new league wouldn’t have the clubs that MLB does and would go about as far as the XFL did.

  9. I agree with most of what you said, but there is still more parity in baseball than football or basketball. It is true Big market teams in baseball still hold an advantage over their smaller market counterparts. Though, unlike the NFL and NBA, it is not nearly as much of a guarantee in determining succes. Baseball is the toughest game of the three major sports in America to fix, not because its hierarchy is any more honest than the other two, but due to the fact there is no game clock or officiating in a traditional sense that can influence the outcome. What you see is what you get in baseball.
    Like so many other institutions most Americans once looked upon with a degree of reverance, it is not the same any longer.Nothing is sacred anymore. Not baseball or even the Lord Jesus Christ. All by design. Each generation wrongly thinks its problems are unique to those of its predecessors or to those that will come after, while the unseen spiritual battle between the forces of ‘good and evil’ remain unchanged as always. The forces that confront all of us are not of this world. And it is safe to say any and every wordly solution ever employed to try and overcome these powers has all ended in failure without exception.
    No worries. Commissioner Rob Manfred will protect America’s Pastime. He would not have been chosen for the highest offce in the game had he not had its best interests in mind at all times. He is a beacon of light similar to what Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis was in his time.

  10. Teams located in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Boston have always enjoyed overwhelming advantages.

    Huh? One team in LA and one team in NY. Chicago and Boston were synonymous with losing until very recently. Boston lost an entire franchise, New York, two.

  11. BuelahMan says:

    Is there anything the jew is involved with that doesn’t go to hell?

  12. @Yellowface Anon

    To hell with Basebell —Basketball–Football —watch Pro Wrestling —almost an ALL WHITE production—-

  13. @Yellowface Anon

    Politicians should not comment publicly on sports issues, and athletes should not comment publicly on political issues. When one tries to do so, shout them down, like the woke mobs do to anyone not as crazy as them.

  14. traindoc says:

    I thought the season was cancelled. Did? I miss anything

  15. roonaldo says:

    The economics surrounding Major League Baseball have always been corrupt, but, somehow, the game transcends the madness of the times, at least for me.

    I recall my older siblings putting a bat in my hands at age four, grade school buddies gathering around my transistor radio at lunch to hear World Series excitement, and countless hours playing ball.

    Sure, the steroid foolishness, overpaid prima donnas, and cheating (the Houston Astros should have been stripped of their titles), tarnished the sport, but a pitcher’s duel or a slugfest are both things of beauty.

    I forgive them the designated hitter and some wokeness, but will abandon Major League Baseball if it makes the grotesque, unpardonable sin of adopting aluminum bats.

  16. @Yellowface Anon

    I agree with your point about the importance that all politics should be “Local.” And so it used to be. Unfortunately, the toxic elite that run the U.S. have made it, “All politics is “Global”.

  17. @Yellowface Anon

    You are exactly right. Our family will no longer be attending MLB, buying their clothing, subscribing to, any of it, until MLB completely drops the bizarre political/racial/homosexual agenda. We don’t need to pay to endure further rude anti-white lecturing, shaming, and demands. They’ll need to apologize for presuming to threaten, punish, and pressure the people of Georgia or their representatives for their legitimate efforts to reduce fraudulent voting.

    It may take many years of declining financial returns for MLB to relent. I’ll miss the Dodger games, but so what. We won’t subsidize people who insult us, favor some lives over others because of race, resent normal traditional Americans, advocate sexual lifestyles (a truly odd topic for a SPORTS TEAM one way or the other), and support groups that rely on violence, intimidation, fear, and disorder.

    Minor-league and independent teams in smaller cities and towns are a good alternative. They tend to be located in somewhat safer/friendlier communities, parking and tickets are cheaper, and your money doesn’t go to plutocrat team owners or multi-millionaire players. Your money also doesn’t go to the most filthy, disorderly, crooked, coercive, extremist, violence-allowing, antiAmerican/anti-white cities (LA, NYC, Chicago, Detroit, Philly, Baltimore, DC, Atlanta, San Francisco etc. — many MLB cities fit the bill nowadays).

    When you attend non-mlb-affiliated or low-level minors, the money goes mostly to (1) local entrepreneurs who own the teams and their little stadiums, (2) (sometimes) local family-owned concession vendors, (3) surprisingly low-paid players, (4) even lower-paid stadium workers, and (5) the local/county governments of those less populous communities. This generally includes double A, the remaining single-A’s, independent leagues not affiliated or contracted to MLB, and the new six-team Draft League in the East.

    MLB earns very, very little from the affiliated minor leagues compared to their own operations, but I think they do get 8.5% of ticket revenue from A/AA/AAA teams. So independent leagues are the best way to enjoy the national pastime without any money trickling through to the presumptuous pricks at MLB. Actually, MLB did us a favor there by unnecessarily revoking the affiliation (usually single A) of about forty teams. Now we have more places to see decent pro baseball without them getting even a tiny piece.

    • Agree: Yellowface Anon
  18. anon[341] • Disclaimer says:

    don’t support blm/crt/dindu/ebonics/felon/kneeler/thug ball, round or pointed

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