A former star relief pitcher says it could be "lights out" for MLB after the sport's contentious return talks.
Appearing on 95.7 The Game with hosts Joe Fortenbaugh, Lorenzo Neal and Dan Dibley, former two-time All-Star Brad Lidge said the weeks-long talks to get baseball back on the field after its suspension due to the coronavirus was a "black eye" for the game.
Lidge conceded he was biased as a former player but pointed the finger primarily at the league's owners.
"I have to say, I've never been more outraged at what the owners were trying to do, and what MLB was trying to do against the players' union.
"I was just super-frustrated, and talking to friends, family, people around the game, casual fans -- I think baseball is really in jeopardy of losing quite a bit of at least casual fans this year. .. They're going to lose a lot of viewers this year, and they're going to be toe-to-toe, toward the end of the season, with the NBA and the NHL."
Lidge, whose nickname was "Lights Out" while pitching for the Astros, Phillies and Nationals in his 11-year career, said potential viewership gains drummed up by MLB's new rules and league formats could be offset by the bitter feuding.
"What a disaster, and unfortunately a black eye for baseball."