Baseball sets next strike date

Baseball owners and players agreed today that the game’s next work stoppage would take place in 2006, when the four-year contract they hammered out expires. What? This is being covered as a settlement of a potential strike? Don’t be fooled. This deal doesn’t fix the problems with the game, any more than the past few seasons of steroid- and expansion-boosted home run records erase the memory of the 1994 strike.