SPORT: An Empty Field of Dreams? -

Another baseball strike looms, and this one could ruin a beautiful season

It has become a rite, and wrong, of summer. For the third time in 14 years, the baseball players' union has called for a midseason strike. This one, barring a lapse into common sense between players and club owners, begins Aug. 12. It could be brief, a blip in the sport's troubled labor history. Some think it will be brutal. As historian Bill James wrote recently, "We may be nearing the end of major league baseball."

Oh, probably not. But the antagonists are, as usual, worlds apart. Players say the owners are stupid, owners say the players are greedy, and both...

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