Covering the MLB – Players Association meetings for a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA) is harder than it looks.
First of all, there is usually not much to report because the advances made in the last few days (and during recent months, if we are being realistic) have not been significant.
Owners and players, apparently, often discuss just a couple of items per day and the talks usually lead nowhere.
Some of the reports, therefore, are limited to which owners and players are actually attending the meetings, and a final update of the items discussed shortly after the encounter finishes.
“Team MLB heading back to its own side. Monfort, Steinbrenner, Fowler departing players side after what looked like a less than half hour visit. I know time doesn’t matter we have nothing else to do just embrace it,” Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post wrote via Twitter on Thursday.
Team MLB heading back to its own side. Monfort, Steinbrenner, Fowler departing players side after what looked like a less than half hour visit. I know time doesn’t matter we have nothing else to do just embrace it
— Chelsea Janes (@chelsea_janes) February 24, 2022
We Are All Waiting For Some Good News
That has been, pretty much, the reality of media reports these days.
It’s not their fault: far from it.
It’s that the slow pace of negotiations and limited access to interviews often make reports repetitive.
In any case, fans are desperate for some news, so what they are doing is still extremely valuable.
And when something actually interesting happens, or negotiations heat up, fans will know in a matter of minutes.
MLB wants the union to work with the knowledge that, if they don’t reach a new CBA deal by Monday, there is a very good chance the season won’t be 162-games long.
Players have criticized MLB’s latest move, but remains firm in its demands.
More and more players are going to meetings, and the contingent has reached 25.
Fans can only hope they agree to a new CBA soon: we all want baseball back.