Last night, MLB and the MLBPA had another set of marathon meetings.
According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the two sides were reportedly at the negotiating table for up to 15 hours.
Last week, there were some long sessions in Jupiter, which made people think that maybe the two sides were closing in on a deal.
Unfortunately, that was not the case, and the two sides left the Jupiter summit far apart on several issues.
The two sides are meeting again today after last night’s marathon, with hopes of finally securing a deal that will end the MLB lockout once and for all.
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) March 9, 2022
Where’s The Urgency?
While it’s good to see the two sides go back and forth and work tirelessly to secure a deal, we’re all left wondering why they wasted so much time.
This week seems to have a similar tone to last week, in that there was progress made, but the two sides still were miles apart.
So, it’s easy to see why several fans are not getting their hopes too high about these meetings.
A lot of time was wasted between early December and late February, when negotiations finally started to pick up.
If that time was not wasted, it’s possible the lockout could be over by now and baseball would be preparing for the 2022 season.
It’s possible that games wouldn’t have had to be cancelled if there wasn’t so much wasted time.
There are a whole bunch of “what ifs.”
What if there was a little more urgency before the lockout?
What if the two sides continued to negotiate after the lockout was instituted?
We’re all left wondering now, and it remains to be seen what today will bring in terms of negotiations.