MLB Lockout Here We Come

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Sadly, as the clock strikes midnight tomorrow all signs point to an MLB lockout as the owners/Rob Manfred and the MLB Players Association (MLBPA) failed to agree upon a new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA).

While some free agents and teams (looking at you Texas Rangers) were quick to sign contracts this offseason, others will be left without a figurative home as MLB enters the wilderness.

How’d We Get Here?

Like most ownership/union situations, MLB and the MLBPA work under a CBA, which is an agreed-upon set of rules dictating the conditions that the players will play under the owners. At midnight tonight, the prior CBA will officially lapse and the two sides will no longer have an agreement with one another.

MLB and the MLBPA have been in negotiations trying to bridge gaps on issues including revenue sharing, salary cap/floor, an international draft, arbitration, expanding playoffs, and more. Sadly, many saw this lockout coming when the two sides recently fought to determine a return to play during the COVID-19 shortened 2020 season.

Now it’s up to the MLB owners, led by commissioner Rob Manfred, and the MLBPA led by former player and Executive Director Tony Clark to strike a deal.

Early Warnings

As the 2020 season showed us, both sides are sadly willing to miss MLB games during the negotiation, leaving fans a bit in the crosshairs of the two parties. Meanwhile, the two sides had scheduled meetings in Dallas today but stopped the meetings very early.

For now, all we can do is hope that the two sides are able to find some middle ground and save the 2022 season. The last thing baseball can afford are missed games.

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  • Marvin Lesman says:

    Millionaires bitching with other millionaires and a couple of billionaires … game is already ruined …

  • Jeff Lebo says:

    I don’t understand how, when you are getting contracts the size of what they are getting, that revenue sharing has anything to do with it. The fans lose again because the more the owners gotta pay the more it cost fans. Tell the players to go work a blue collar Job for a year and see how they like the revenue sharing there.

  • Jim Barroll says:

    I hope both sides remember the long-lasting damage after the last season-destroying labor dispute. Fans left by the hundreds of thousands and many never returned. If labor and management think, “Well, screw the fans!” then they’ll deserve exactly what they get. Grow up!

  • scott miller says:

    always amazed that people will always insist ball players should live by standards that they have zero intention of living by themselves

  • Erv Miksch says:

    I remember when Dave Parker was the first million dollar baby. He had good stats the year before and then went to crap in a hand basket. The saying, “money is the root of all evil “, is not correct, the greed for money is the root of all evil.
    I believe that ALL parties involved are to blame simply because of greed. There is still some very good baseball to be played, but not so to be enjoyed. I’ll never go to another live game due to the cost, buts almost as bad on TV because the cable price is getting just as bad.
    I think I’ll just go watch the little leagues play, now that’s enjoyable.

    • Frank J Randazzo says:

      yes the greed is outstanding . How much do they want???Ir’s becoming un affortable to go to games. Sadly all pro sports are doing this. Youth sports is what i want to watch now .screw the multi multi millionaires

  • Sal Milano says:

    The cost of going to a game is too expensive now. What more do they want? Give the fans a break, not. We will never see the American pastime again. Very sad!

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