Pittsburgh Pirates Podcast: Lockout Update, Baseball Cancels Games and the Shift

Oct 23, 2019; Houston, TX, USA; MLB commissioner Rob Manfred looks on before game two of the 2019 World Series between the Houston Astros and the Washington Nationals at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 23, 2019; Houston, TX, USA; MLB commissioner Rob Manfred looks on before game two of the 2019 World Series between the Houston Astros and the Washington Nationals at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports /
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Baseball continues to participate in the ultimate game of tug of war, and neither side to this point has been willing to give up a foothold.

What will the 2022 season look like now that the first round of cancellations has been made? Which rule changes will actually appear on the final draft of this new CBA once it is finalized? How will they impact the Pittsburgh Pirates?

How long until we see either side budge on the big ticket issues that all stem from arbitration and money?

These are questions that nobody holds the answer to at this point in the process. Although, several indicators, like the players newest proposal to expand the playoffs, or the owners proposal for an international draft, give us an idea of the direction each party would like to head.

Marty, Nick and Trey are back on this episode of Rum Bunter Radio to share their thoughts on all of the headlines surrounding this lockout, and what they think will be the biggest holdup as these conversations continue.

Is baseball close? Some would tell you a deal is coming in the next several hours, others would tell you we might not have a season at all. Marty and Nick give their opinion on which party is in the right, and which side needs to give the other leeway to clear things up.

The owners proposal of an amatuer international draft is an interesting one, a policy that could help “clean up” the international signing process. The guys go around the room to talk about why this would work, while highlighting some of the potential downfalls as well.

To close out the episode the crew details what expanded playoffs would look like, and reminisce on some of the horrors of the current system. Including horrors of Pittsburgh Pirates past.

Batten down the hatches, clear the decks, Rum Bunter Radio episode 78 has you covered as baseball continues to navigate rocky waters.

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