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All-star game marred by MLB-MLBPA clash over league's future

Posted On: Jul 18, 2018   |   Posted By: Sportsnet

WASHINGTON - Even amid the show, as Mike Trout, Aaron Judge and Bryce Harper highlighted all that is good in baseball right now, the looming clash over where the game is headed is clearly visible.
Too much data. Defensive shifts. Pace of play. The spike in strikeouts and the corresponding drop in batting average. The lack of action in the three true-outcome game. A league-wide decline in attendance.
The potential flash points between owners and players are everywhere and that's before players union chief Tony Clark threw a Molotov cocktail into the public discourse ahead of the American League's wild 8-6 win over National League in an all-star game featuring a record 10 home runs Tuesday night, and closed out by Toronto Blue Jays starter J.A. Happ.
“What we experienced last off-season was a direct attack on free agency, which has been the bedrock of our economic system,” Clark said during the Baseball Writers' Association of America's annual all-star luncheon. “And if that's going to be different, then we...

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