In yet another reminder that MLB likes to do things unilaterally, they made it clear to the Players Association that if there is no collective bargaining agreement (CBA) ready by Monday, the season won’t start on time and games will be lost.
Players, who would like to complete a 162-game calendar, were also notified that lost games wouldn’t be rescheduled in any way, and pay for those games wouldn’t be recouped.
Players hadn’t responded to the league’s “deadline” imposition to get a deal done, but it’s evident that some of the biggest stars don’t like how the league is handling things.
St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Jack Flaherty was one of the players who went to Twitter to voice their disdain about MLB’s latest antics.
“Let’s just get this straight we are currently being locked out … they did not meet with us for a month once this lockout was instituted … now we are being threatened that games will be missed if we don’t make a deal by Monday,” he recapped.
let’s just get this straight
we are currently being locked out …
they did not meet with us for a month once this lockout was instituted …
now we are being threatened that games will be missed if we don’t make a deal by Monday https://t.co/OARJaCudEY
— Jack Flaherty (@Jack9Flaherty) February 24, 2022
He was pretty much right in everything he said.
MLB Showed Its Ugly Face Once Again
The league decided (with no need to do it) on December 2 that it would lock out players: this means teams wouldn’t be able to sign players, trade them, or perform any transaction with players on the 40-man roster.
Players aren’t even able to go to their team’s facilities to train or rehab injuries.
MLB said they locked players out hoping it would serve to “jumpstart” negotiations, and then proceeded to not talk to them for over a month.
Now, the league is actually threatening (blackmailing?) to cancel games of the regular season and not rescheduling them (when players are clearly open to do so if needed).
MLB shows its ugly face every now and then, and yesterday was one of those days.