Major league ballplayers appear ready to walk Friday, despite a daylong emergency bargaining session. "I believe we are closer to a strike than we were 24 hours ago," said owner representative Richard Ravitch. At issue: the owners want a salary cap, the players don't. No new sessions are on the agenda. BTW: There have been eight baseball strikes in the past 22 seasons, including a 50-day run in 1981. Each time, the owners caved in.