Earlier today, MLB released a statement announcing the postponement of spring training games. In the statement, the league stated that they had no other option but to postpone spring training. The MLBPA quickly called out the league for their choice of words in the statement.
The MLBPA contends that delaying spring training games was completely avoidable for both MLB and the MLBPA.
Statement from the Major League Baseball Players Association: pic.twitter.com/iboIiZqr0O
— MLBPA Communications (@MLBPA_News) February 18, 2022
The MLBPA’s stating, “This is false”, is essentially calling commissioner Rob Manfred and the MLB owners liars. It’s another chapter in the sordid public relations battle that has resulted in bargaining deadlock.
The players’ association believes that the owners have not negotiated in good faith thus far. Evidenced by the players’ passionate response to MLB requesting federal mediation for future meeting earlier this month.
One positive from MLB’s statement is the news that the two sides plan to meet every day next week to work towards a new CBA.
The fate of Opening Day happening on-time hangs in the balance.
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