The week has gone by without too much progress in collective bargaining agreement (CBA) talks between MLB and the Players Association.
The sides are pretty much set in their respective asks and demands, and despite meeting every day of the week to this point, thing remain the same: as of right now, the season likely won’t be starting on time.
MLB imposed a deadline on the union: if a deal isn’t reached by February 28 (which is Monday, in case you hadn’t noticed), regular season games would be lost.
Players think they need about four weeks of spring training to get ready for the season, but unlike owners, are willing to play doubleheaders and have fewer days of rest if that means they have something close to 162 games.
Players are showing their frustration on social media, with some of them criticizing owners for not making a good faith offer, and others highlighting how the current situation is affecting the game itself.
“This is sad for our game,” Cincinnati Reds pitcher Amir Garrett wrote via Twitter.
This is sad for our game.
— CountOnAG (@Amir_Garrett) February 24, 2022
Fans Just Want To Have Their Favorite Game Back
In the end, all fans want is baseball to be back.
They miss the game they love, and at this point, they are supposed to be watching the first few spring training games (which were initially scheduled for February 26 before being suspended through March 5).
Fans can’t watch baseball, and they can’t get player-related content on MLB’s social media outlets and the official page.
Fans and players are the ones losing the most with the current state of negotiations.
Despite being pressured into signing a deal, the players’ union won’t rush into anything.
They are, most likely, preparing for a long battle that may result in a lot of missed games.