As of Tuesday afternoon, MLB fans don’t know when they will get to watch games of their favorite sport: baseball.
At the moment, there is a lockout in place: teams can’t sign or trade players until there is a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA) to oversee all baseball-related matters.
The problem is that the two parties needed to negotiate and approve a deal, MLB owners and the Players Association, are still very, very far from reaching an agreement.
MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred communicated the owners’ latest offer to the union on Saturday, one which included some minor improvements in their Competitive Balance Tax (CBT) and minimum salary proposals.
Players clearly didn’t like the offer and, according to The Athletic’s Evan Drellich, the players are still determining how they want to respond to the league’s proposal from Saturday.
The next collective bargaining session between MLB and the MLBPA has not yet been scheduled. The players are still determining how they want to respond to the league’s proposal from Saturday.
— Evan Drellich (@EvanDrellich) February 15, 2022
There Is No Date For The Next Bargaining Meeting
As a result, there is currently no date scheduled for the next bargaining meeting between owners and players.
Time is running out, and it’s pretty clear by now that spring training won’t start on time.
MLB hasn’t made it official, but there isn’t enough time to overcome the big differences between the two parties to stick to the previously existing calendar.
In fact, pitchers and catchers were supposed to report to their respective training camps today.
That is obviously not happening now.
In the meantime, fans patiently await for a quick resolution, and hope that there aren’t too many regular season games chopped off the calendar.
In theory, players need a little more than a month to get themselves ready to start playing games that count.
The clock is ticking.