The MLB lockout was sure to threaten spring training starting on time. This week, it became a cold reality. Without a new CBA in place, pitchers and catchers did not report to camps this week.
The fears of many baseball fans were fully realized today: spring training games have officially been postponed. The league made the announcement on Friday:
“We regret that, without a collective bargaining agreement in place, we must postpone the start of Spring Training games until no earlier than Saturday, March 5th.”
MLB and the MLBPA are locked in a dogfight of public relations battle. Predictably, the league’s statement contained rhetoric about how “all 30 clubs” are working diligently towards a “fair” agreement for both sides.
On the bright side, the league also stated that both MLB and the MLBPA will be meeting everyday next week to “work hard” on the new CBA.
The tonality of the message suggests a greater sense of urgency than baseball fans have seen in the last two-plus months.
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