I would like to propose a boycott of the 1990 baseball season as a protest
against the inability of labor and management to come to an honorable agreement
despite the current success of MLB. Specifically, I propose that we
(1) If *any* disruption of the regular season because of lockout/strike or
other labor-related cause occurs, we will not
(a) attend any MLB games for the remainder of the 1990 season.
(b) purchase any MLB-related products.
(c) watch any MLB games on television.
(2) Should the owners play any regular season games using "replacement players"
our boycott will extend through the 1991 season. The use of replacement
players by the NFL a couple of years ago was the biggest disgrace in sports
this decade, dwarfing Ben Johnson and Pete Rose put together.
(3) We notify the commissioner's office ASAP of our plans to implement (1) and
Many posters have commented that fans are too ***ed to carry out these
threats. Well, that's a problem, since unless MLB receives significant
negative reinforcement *after* the dispute is over, we can expect serious
disruptions to occur every 3-4 years. We fans have been too quick to forgive
and forget after past disputes, and so we have (at present) little power to
insist that MLB provide a quality product. Split seasons, players out of shape
because of an abbreviated spring training, even the threat of a strike
occupying player's and fan's minds in mid-season do not add up to a quality
Admittedly baseball is a business, but unlike most business it has 4-month
off-season in which to settle its business disputes. Putting up with this
nonsense during the regular season, or even spring training, is something the
fans have done for altogether too long.
David W. Ash
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