MLB is much more than a league: it’s the best and most competitive showing of professional baseball in the world, and you will find fans just about everywhere.
Sometimes, you will find out that a certain celebrity is a baseball fan and, like we all do, wants MLB to sort things out with the Players Association and seal the new collective bargaining agreement (CBA).
In this case, famous author Stephen King is joining fans in their request to players and owners: get together, end the lockout, reach a deal, and play baseball.
“I need baseball! Come on you guys, stop being stupid and make a deal!,” he tweeted.
I need baseball!
Come on you guys, stop being stupid and make a deal!
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) February 16, 2022
The King Of Horror is apparently living a terrifying novel in which the 2022 baseball season is delayed.
No one wants that, certainly not King.
The Two Sides Will Meet Every Day Starting Next Week
At the moment, the two sides remain far apart in their respective demands to see there will be a deal soon.
However, starting from Monday, there will be frequent meetings (perhaps every day, per ESPN’s Jeff Passan) and owners and players will actually be there.
While exact plans are not finalized, MLB and the MLB Players Association intend to hold multiple bargaining sessions — perhaps every day — as early as Monday, sources told ESPN. Multiple owners and players expect to fly in for sessions leading up to MLB’s stated Feb. 28 deadline.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) February 18, 2022
That could help speed up the bargaining sessions, although things could get ugly, too.
In any case, the baseball world is eager to finally hear MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred say “we have a deal”, and if it comes with “baseball will start on time in 2022”, then even better.
There are still too many items to agree on: the competitive balance tax (CBT) is said to be the biggest obstacle, as players don’t want teams to receive steep financial penalties for exceeding the luxury tax threshold.
However, the minimum salary is yet to be decided, as well as many other things.
MLB fans, including King, will have to wait a few more days at the very least.