Reprinted from The Washington Post by Jacob Bogage on November 8, 2018.
Major League Baseball’s players union responded with outrage Thursday to a member of the Boston Red Sox front office who claimed the league could replace its players in the event of a labor dispute and “the game would go on.”
Bill James, an early adopter of the sabermetrics approach to scouting and a Red Sox special adviser, was debating with colleagues on Twitter about player salaries when he posted, “If the players all retired tomorrow, we would replace them, the game would go on; in three years it would make no difference whatsoever. The players are NOT the game, any more than the beer vendors are.”
The message has since been deleted, but it quickly fired up players and union representatives. …