MLB players and owners have been meeting recently to end the current lockout.
Unfortunately, it has become a public war of words and not much has been accomplished.
The latest update was that the owners decided to request help from a federal mediator.
The players turned down that request, which makes sense because they are the ones locked out in the first place.
“The clearest path to a fair and timely agreement is to get back to the table.”
The MLBPA has rejected MLB’s efforts to use a federal mediator, as is the union’s right. Mediation necessitates the approval of both parties. https://t.co/XxfCvttDo0
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) February 4, 2022
This entire situation is convoluted and the real loser here are all MLB fans.
They have spent over two months with the league in a lockout as the owners and players continue to go back and forth.
This latest update has the entire MLB world reacting in an expected way.
Just so you guys know… The league could lift the lockout and everything could still start on time. Bargaining could continue with spring training and the regular season underway. No agreement doesn’t mean no baseball. A lockout means no baseball. MLB fears a Union strike.
— Will Middlebrooks (@middlebrooks) February 4, 2022
MLB World Reacts To Latest Lockout Update
There are just bad vibes all around from fans toward both sides.
Yes, the owners usually take more heat from fans, but in general all anyone wants is baseball on its normal schedule.
Any delay to the season would be a disaster, especially after how long it took to get the 2020 season underway.
END THE LOCKOUT @MLB
— Jack🎙 (@therealJBernz) February 4, 2022
MLB comes out acting like the victim in all this…maybe they forgot that they were the ones who started this lockout
— TheBoneCollector (@ScottinBayV) February 4, 2022
The thing fans need to remember is that the owners put this lockout in place.
This is not a player strike, which was seen in 1994.
The owners are now left seeking positive PR while also trying to win on every point in negotiations.
So basically owners are crying because they can’t manipulate players anymore. #MLBLockout
— Anand (@UGANatty22) February 4, 2022
@MLB @MLBPA I hope you remember how you are currently struggling for viewership and how long it took your sport to recover after the last lockout while you continue to try to one-up each other not negotiating.
— Rosalie Wand (@rosaliewand) February 4, 2022
So where does the league go from here?
That is a question no one has the answer to if the league insists on mediating this with a third party.
If the union refuses, we may be stuck at a true standstill until one side finally cracks.
Even then, real talks would only just be getting started.
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