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MLB News: Spring Training Start is ‘in Peril’ After Most Recent CBA Conversations

MLB’s labor dispute will not be solved in a day and it definitely won’t be solved this Thursday. MLB and the MLBPA met on Thursday to discuss the economic framework of the new CBA. Per ESPN’s Jeff Passan, today’s meeting between the two parties went as expected.

Not well. 

Per previous reports, the meeting between MLB and the MLBP today was called so the league could submit a proposal for the “core-economics” of a potential deal. Apparently, the league’s economic ideas were not well-received by the players’ association.

Now, the onus is on the MLBPA to communicate their counter to MLB’s proposal.

Anyone who follows baseball is well aware that this is a multi-faceted issue. The players want to address service time manipulation and teams intentionally fielding non-competitive teams (i.e. tanking), amongst other topics.

MLB would like to expand the playoffs and maintain the current CBT (Competitive Balance Tax) system to control costs.

As each day passes, the February 15th spring training start date draws nearer. MLB and the MLBPA are engaged in a multi-billion-dollar game of chicken with much more than just sunny spring days in Arizona and Florida on the line.

Similar to previous CBA negotiations, or really any negotiation, each side believes that they’ll get the better of their opponent as a perceived deadline gets closer. Both parties feel that the longer they wait, the more likely they are to win on key issues.

For the true optimists out there, Dodgers single game spring training tickets are currently available to purchase.

Today’s news is the latest curve in a long, difficult road to the 2022 MLB season.

Baseball fans are hoping the two sides reach their destination sooner, rather than later.

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Eric Eulau

Born and raised in Ventura, not "Ven-CH-ura", California. Favorite Dodger Stadium food is the old school chocolate malt with the wooden spoon. Host of the Dodgers Nation 3 Up, 3 Down Podcast.


  1. Congress gives MLB antitrust exemptions.
    They need to add a clause that if they don’t have agreement by Feb 1. the existing agreement remains in place for 1 year.
    As my dad would say “its time to s— or get off the pot.”

  2. how can the players cry about older players being pushed out when younger players are less expensive and the production is roughly equivalent? at the same time the owners want to squeeze everybody like one of those computer engines alphazero playing chess against a human being and trap all your pieces mobility with sacrifices and closed pawn structures. like they do to the public. the players have a small point about low service time earnings and being released for younger cheaper players somewhat though. but the players are golddiggers. they get paid so much very fast too. and the public doesnt really value their services too much anymore. the fans are leaving and sports are dying. nobody worships athletes anymore. why should they? the seasons are too long and boring too. a little baseball might be good. but two thirds of a year is ridiculous. we need a little variety to keep us occupied. and interested. their paydays are going up and up and up. what are they crying about? alot of them are a.h.’s anyway. if there were no baseball it wouldnt even hardly be missed. we might even be better off without it or wealthy people . its like a sick joke.

    1. You make some good points. I especially think the season is too long.
      And you can see an article on the mlb website showing some of their proposal. Sure it’s their side if it but it gives some context, and gives players.more of what they want.

  3. MLB has a problem with the season being too long, the games being boring, average players making millions, SPs unable to make 5 innings. The answers are simple but will compel the fans to adjust, and here it goes.
    Don’t shorten this season, shorten the games to 7 innings. This will make SPs appear to be worth the cost as complete games will rise and will eliminate the abuse and error-filled use of relievers. It also applies pressure to the stars to perform better in a short time thus eliminating the overpaying of the average. The speed of the game increase and perhaps the average age of fans will drop from 57 to an age closer to those needed to survive going forward in the years to come. Lastly, bring back the need to play small-ball, and put restrictions on the use of the defensive shift like it can be used against only two players in the starting line-up. Base-runners create action, action creates fans, fans keep things alive.

    1. I understand your love for seeing your opinion in print regardless of its relevance to the subject. But insinuating that the game would be better off, if we could drive off the over 57 year old fans, is soooo junior high. How about we discourage female fans too?

      The article is about a business dispute between union labor and management. Do you actually have a comment about that?

      1. You misunderstand, I’m not looking to drive off the 57 and older crowd, but looking to increase a younger base to maintain a constant fanbase, as eventually, the older won’t be around to watch, and the youth are losing interest due to boring, lengthy games and seasons.
        If you believe these issues aren’t a problem for MLB or aren’t relevant to the money distribution, salaries of the veterans, future FAs, etc, then you are deaf and blind to the over-picture.
        I comment when I have something I feel is worthy to write, how you take it is of no matter to me, but the number of people who go completely off-topic, like making unnecessary rude attacks as you did here to me, are rampant at times and should be able to fill your day. Wait, you wouldn’t police yourself, of course not, you just proved it.

  4. add a pitch clock, the NL DH, Fire Rod Manfraud, vacate the 2017 World Series title, add a pitch cl;ock, reduce the season to 154 games, add 4 playoff teams, no 1-game playoffs, move the Rays to Orlando and the A’s to SUCKramento, (the correct spelling) expand to Charlotte, Nashville, Honolulu and Portland, Oregon.

  5. Owners are probably worse, but there’s plenty of pure greed on both sides. Yeah, I know, there’s no turning back the clock and things were never as pristine as we want to remember them, but I’ve little sympathy for either side. They try to monetize me for rooting for them as much as possible, then only care about $$$ and not the game.

    Jeff Passan says spring training is in peril? My god, what a genius, how did he ever have the brilliance to deduce that? I guess he’s paid for saying things and has to talk, but that’s in the running for the biggest non statement in history.

  6. What follows is “far out” but could solve a number of MLB problems. Why not have two separate major leagues with absolutely no connection? For example, one would be a summer league with teams in New York, Chicago, Toronto, Boston, Minnesota, and, well you get the point. The season would run May through September and have play-offs in October. The winter league would have teams in warm climate cities like Miami, Orlando, Mexico City, San Diego, LA, and Phoenix. The season would start in November and end in March with play-offs in April. By doing this, baseball fans could choose which league he or she would want to follow — perhaps both of them. Each season would be shorter and we would have baseball all year. Btw, neither Robert Manfred or MLB has contacted me about my idea. I told you it was “far out”.

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