For the second time during the collective bargaining negotiations, Major League Baseball announced it has cancelled another round of games, this time through April 14. This comes after the league announced the cancelation of the first two regular season series, including Opening Day set for the end of this month. In total, the first two weeks of the season have now been cancelled.
Similar to last time, it looked like some momentum was building towards a deal in the late hours of the night. But, just as last time, no deal could be reached which led to the league to take further action.
Both sides made strides in terms of some of the major issues being negotiated in these discussions, including CBT thresholds, minimum salary and the pre-arbitration pool. However, the gap still hasn’t been closed and the league’s persistence of an international draft has deterred the union from making an agreement.
The MLBPA released a statement, saying that the league’s decision to cancel further games as “completely unnecessary.” The full statement from the union can be found below.
Statement from the Major League Baseball Players Association: pic.twitter.com/XLnAvwkFpm
— MLBPA Communications (@MLBPA_News) March 10, 2022