The MLB lockout is likely going to last for quite a while longer.
Yesterday, the two sides failed to reach an agreement on a new CBA at the deadline.
A deal before then would have preserved a full 162-game season.
Instead, the two sides head back home, and it is unknown when the next bargaining session will take place.
Andrew Miller when asked if the players are prepared for a lengthy lockout: "We're prepared. We've seen this coming in a sense. It's unfortunate. This is not new to us. Its not shocking.''
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) March 1, 2022
Unfortunately, this is no surprise to anybody: not the fans, and certainly not the players.
Veteran reliever Andrew Miller shared his thoughts, stating that the players are in fact prepared for the lockout to stretch out for a couple of months.
It’s sad that this is what it’s come to for Major League Baseball.
At this time of year, baseball should be an escape from the real world.
Fans should be getting excited for the upcoming season.
But this year, they have little reason to show any excitement, as MLB prepares for the lockout to continue and take out a large portion of the 2022 regular season.
The players have now come to expect so little from the owners due to the latter’s stubbornness and unwillingness to make any sort of compromise.
What Happens Next?
The next bargaining session, whenever that is held, will tell us a lot about where the game is headed and where things stand in terms of reaching a deal to start the 2022 season.
The timing of this is less than ideal, and there’s no way to know what happens next, at least not until the two sides meet again to negotiate the terms of the next CBA.
The time spent in Jupiter proved to be fruitless, as the two sides remain far apart on several key issues.