MLB Stops Work As Owners Are Locking Out Players

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The last time MLB held a collective bargaining agreement, the talks broke down during the 1994 season.

The MLB owners locked out players at midnight Wednesday for the first work stoppage in the sport since 1995 as the collective bargaining agreement with the players union expired.

The lockout ended the sport’s labor peace after 9,740 days over 26 and a half years. Players and owners had reached collective bargaining agreements 4 times straight without a stoppage, but a clash had been on the drawing board for about two years.

MLB Commissioner Wrote A Letter To The Fans

MLB Commissioner, Rob Manfred stated in his letter that, “We believe that an offseason lockout is the best mechanism to protect the 2022 season”.We hope that the lockout will jumpstart the negotiations and get us to an agreement that will allow the season to start on time. This defensive lockout was necessary because the players’ association’s vision for Major League Baseball would threaten the ability of most teams to be competitive.”

The 2 opposing sides were apart on key issues and management negotiators left the union’s hotel nine hours before the deal lapsed. MLB’s 30 controlling owners then held a brief digital meeting to reaffirm their lockout decision.

“This drastic and unnecessary measure will not affect the players’ resolve to reach a fair contract,” MLBPA chief Tony Clark said in a statement. “We remain committed to negotiating a new collective bargaining agreement that enhances competition, improves the product for our fans, and advances the rights and benefits of our membership.”

A source familiar with management’s negotiations told that owners put “realistic wins” on the table for the players, including a minimum salary increase from $570,500 and a spending floor of $100 million in salaries for teams. The source noted that baseball is the only sport with $300 million in guaranteed contracts without a salary cap, max deals, rights of first refusal, or franchise tags.

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