A new round of MLB-Players Association negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA) started on Monday.
Monday actually marked the beginning of a promising week: fans, at least, are about to get some answers to their burning questions about the owner-imposed lockout that is currently preventing the season from happening.
Will there be baseball soon?
Is spring training in for a new delay?
Is March 31 in jeopardy as the date for the start of the regular season?
Will there be a season at all?
This week will likely answer some of those questions: if there is some tangible progress between MLB and the MLBPA, we may have baseball soon.
If not, well…might as well follow the Japanese League or the KBO, just in case.
Some of us got up on the wrong foot, tired of all the false hopes MLB has given us regarding a quick resolution for the lockout.
Goodmorning to everyone except for those responsible for the MLB lockout
— 🧸knee (@BernyBurns12) February 21, 2022
It goes without saying that owners were the ones implementing the lockout as a pressure move to “jumpstart” negotiations with the players.
Then, they proceeded to disappear for over 40 days.
Fans Have Had Enough
Anyway, back to our present day.
Fans, even though they are really, really mad at MLB, owners, and Commissioner Rob Manfred, remain hopeful that everybody can come to their senses and make sure there is a baseball season starting on March 31, the day it’s supposed to begin.
— MR. Marv H. Cajuste (@Lakers18th) February 21, 2022
Fans are tired of the uncertainty: they just want to see their preferred teams and their favorite players do what they love: play ball.
They want to go to the stadium, cheer for a home run, make some bets, trade some cards, play some fantasy baseball, and just enjoy everything that comes with America’s pastime.
Fans feel it’s time to step up, mend their differences, and play some ball.
@MLB and @MLBPA, you guys better hope what fans you have left don’t realize how petty you are being and how minuscule your issues are compared to so many people that are truly suffering in the world. #lockout
— James Vest (@BulletprooF1315) February 21, 2022
MLB, make it happen.