Most of the talk about Major League Baseball during the winter months involved the lack of free-agent signings, which led the player’s association to whisper that owners were deliberately imposing their own salary cap to keep from shelling out major dollars and bloating payrolls.
The signing of free agent infielder Manny Machado dispelled the argument that Major League Baseball players have been uttering throughout the slow free-agency period.
“The Big Chill” was a 1980s movie about a group of friends gathering for the funeral of another friend. However, the title could easily refer to the snail’s pace of free-agent signings in Major League Baseball.
This year’s Super Bowl matchup between the five-time champion New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams — whose only Super Bowl title came 20 years ago when the team was in St. Louis — is full of compelling storylines.
It was 40 years ago when the last serious assault on one of Major League Baseball’s most revered records — the 56-game hitting streak by New York Yankees legend Joe DiMaggio — took place.
Major League Baseball Players Association head Tony Clark recently expressed frustration over the lack of free-agent signings during the past offseason. He added the owners’ unwillingness to fork out big money for big deals could eventually result in a strike when the collective bargaining agreement expires in three years.
In baseball, relief pitchers are a vital part of any team’s success, and teams without effective relievers are likely to have mediocre or bad seasons.