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[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_btn title=”SIGN UP FOR MY NEWSLETTER” style=”flat” shape=”square” color=”black” align=”center” link=”|title:SIGN%20UP%20FOR%20EMAIL%20ALERTS|target:_blank”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Tony Clark, the executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association, attempted to equate the current Major League Baseball lockout to a war-like state.

“Players want to play, we all know that, but the reason we’re not playing is simple: A lockout is the ultimate economic weapon,” said Clark. “Let me repeat that: A lockout is the ultimate economic weapon.”

Clark’s tone and demeanor were downright serious, but his statement is laughable.

“The concerns of our fans are at the very top of our consideration list,” Manfred said.

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[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]If the players sincerely wanted to play and the owners wanted to make more money, then get on the field. Both sides — players and owners — are consumed by greed. Clark will call it fair wages, I disagree. When you can show me the fairness in a minimum wage increased to $700,000 is fair when you are trying to invite a family of four to come to the ballpark for three hours and spend $1,000 on a family salary of less than $100,000.

If the players sincerely wanted to play and the owners wanted to make more money, negotiating would not have stalled at 2 p.m. with no deal.

If the players sincerely wanted to play and the owners wanted to make more money, when the lockout began on December 2 — three months ago — players and owners would have met daily, day and night, until a deal was agreed upon.

Stop with all your public statements. Stop trying to convince me the players and owners are greedy. Stop fighting each other. The fact is both sides are not living paycheck to paycheck.

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