MLB and the Players Association are still negotiating the fate of the 2022 MLB season (and up to 2026), in the form of a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA).
The talks have been rough so far, and everything points towards the season not starting on time and having significantly fewer than 162 games.
In the meantime, players, who have been denied the chance of getting some reps in spring training because of the lockout, have the chance of training on their own, whether it is alone or with some teammates.
What they can’t do, per the terms of the lockout, is usie their team’s facilities to train or rehab injuries.
This could be problematic depending on the city or town players are in.
Players Have Had To Find Creative Ways To Train And Stay Ready
For example, a story came out about how New York Yankees’ stars Gio Urshela and Gleyber Torres used a high school field to field some grounders and hit before games took place there.
The union is making things easier for some of their players, according to the latest reports from FanSided’s Robert Murray.
“The MLBPA has organized a ‘fully staffed’ stadium and facility for players to train in Mesa, AZ, according to sources familiar with the situation,” Murray reported.
The MLBPA has organized a “fully staffed” stadium and facility for players to train in Mesa, AZ, according to sources familiar with the situation.
— Robert Murray (@ByRobertMurray) February 28, 2022
If the MLBPA could achieve something similar on the East Coast, it would be tremendous, but it’s a nice gesture by the union either way.
Lots of players would be using their team’s facilities to train by now if it wasn’t for the lockout.
It’s important to be physically and mentally prepared for the season, even if it isn’t expected to start on time.