Randy Levine called for MLB and the players to come together on an agreement to end the lockout and missed the point entirely.

It isn’t easy being an MLB owner or executive right now.

The lockout rages on, has no end in sight, and it would all be over if those pesky players just put aside their differences with the owners and came to an agreement. At least, that’s what New York Yankees team president Randy Levine said in a Monday interview on ESPN’s The Michael Kay Show.

Speaking to Kay, who is also the Yankees’ main play-by-play man on the YES Network, Levine made his thoughts very clear. The owners are united, and any further delays to the season fall squarely on the players union’s shoulders. ESPN’s Jeff Passan tweeted the meat of Levine’s comments in a thread.

Evan Drellich of The Athletic was also listening in, and made sure to capture something even more key from Levine:

Think about this for a second. Levine not only acknowledged that the players got hosed in the last two CBAs, but more or less called on them to take another L just to start the 2022 season.


JB goes unfiltered

No, Randy. That’s not how this works. MLB doesn’t get to report record revenues two years ago and then do the bare minimum when the players ask for their deserved cut.

No more shall there be bad faith negotiating. Forget changing rules regarding shifts, pitch clocks, whatever. The financial collusion that has happened in plain sight for almost two decades is no longer the elephant in the room, not even a wooly mammoth. At this point, it’s a Gigantopithecus, the legendary prehistoric ape said to have been twice the size of a modern gorilla.

Yes, folks. We have devolved to the point of “We’d have baseball and have an owner-friendly CBA if it wasn’t for that dang union!”

Look, nobody is expecting the owners to fully fold and give the players everything they want. The luxury tax threshold isn’t going be north of $260 million, but it has to at least be above $230 million. There’s still enough time to find a middle ground and save most of the season.

But hey, what do I know, right? As far as Randy Levine is concerned, why can’t everyone be friends? We can forget MLB choosing the lockout instead of continuing to negotiate in good faith, right?

No, we can’t. And we won’t.

Shame on Randy Levine, shame on the MLB owners, and shame on their diminutive toady clown Rob Manfred for blindly following them and collecting his paycheck.

Go back to the kids’ table, Randy. The adults will call you when you’re needed to sing “Lonely Goatherd” before dessert.


Josh Benjamin has been a staff writer at ESNY since 2018. He has had opinions about everything, especially the Yankees and Knicks. He co-hosts the “Bleacher Creatures” podcast and is always looking for new pieces of sports history to uncover, usually with a Yankee Tavern chicken parm sub in hand.