MLB has stopped.
Owners locked out the players – including around 85 MLBbros – at 12:01am ET today, on Dec. 2, after the current collective bargaining agreement expired.
BREAKING: MLB officially implements a lockout, per @JeffPassan.
It is the first work stoppage since 1994-1995. @BRWalkoff
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) December 2, 2021
It’s the first time in 26 years that baseball has had a work stoppage. The last time was 1994 when the players had a strike and the World Series that season was not played.
The two sides met briefly on Wednesday, but made no progress. This time around, most MLB insiders expect that the two sides will come to a swift agreement and that this is just a process that has to happen.
The owners believe that a work stoppage is the only way to jumpstart negotiations.
Baseball has never been financially healthier with gross revenues over $10 billion.
Issues That Have To Be Resolved
1. The owners basically want things to stay the same and add expanded playoffs.
2. The players are looking for the right to get to free agency quicker, maybe four years instead of the current six. Plus, the players want a universal designed hitter in both leagues.
3. There are other issues, but those are the biggest on the table. MLB commissioner
Rob Manfred issued a letter to fans on Thursday morning via MLB.com. Here’s a part of it:
“I first want to thank you for your continued support of the great game of baseball. This past season, we were reminded of how the national pastime can bring us together and restore our hope despite the difficult challenges of a global pandemic.
As we began to emerge from one of the darkest periods in our history, our ballparks were filled with fans; the games were filled with excitement; and millions of families felt the joy of watching baseball together.
“That is why I am so disappointed about the situation in which our game finds itself today.
Despite the league’s best efforts to make a deal with the Players Association, we were unable to extend our 26-year history of labor peace and come to an agreement with the MLBPA before the current CBA expired.
Therefore, we have been forced to commence a lockout of Major League players, effective at 12:01am ET on December 2.
“I want to explain how we got here and why we have to take this action today. Simply put, we believe that an offseason lockout is the best mechanism to protect the 2022 season. We hope the lockout will jumpstart negotiations and get us an agreement that will allow the start of the season on time.”
4th Lockout In MLB History
In the history of baseball, there have been three previous lockouts. And in those, no games were missed in the regular season.
The last two were in 1990 and 1985.
The best possible scenario is that the two sides get down to business and figure out a way to slice this pice without turning off the fan base.
If an agreement can be reached by February, pitcher and catchers can report by the 15th in time for spring training.