Earlier today we saw Major League Baseball released a statement that said that they were going to be postponing the start of spring training games until at least March 5th. The start of spring training was already supposed to begin, but the owners have locked the players out until the two sides can reach an agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement (the lockout is not something that has to happen, it’s a choice made by the owners).
Here is the full statement from Major League Baseball:
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 5. All 30 clubs are unified in their strong desire to bring players back to the field and fans back to the stands.
The clubs have adopted a uniform policy that provides an option for full refunds for fans who have purchased tickets from the clubs to any Spring Training games that are not taking place. We are committed to reaching an agreement that is fair to each side. On Monday, members of the owners’ bargaining committee will join an in-person meeting with the Players Association and remain every day next week to negotiate and work hard toward starting the season on time.
Let’s take a quick look at that second sentence…..
All 30 clubs are unified in their strong desire to bring players back to the field and fans back to the stands.
They must need a super strong desire instead of just a strong desire since at any point they can lift the lockout, start spring training and games, and continue to negotiate the collective bargaining agreement. Of course at this point we shouldn’t be surprised at all that the owners are gaslighting us. The first thing that did after instituting a lockout was saying they did so to speed up negotiations, and then they spent six weeks not making a counteroffer to the MLBPA’s offer.
Of course we can also look at the first sentence that says they MUST postpone the start of spring training. Guys, words have meanings and you are using that word incorrectly. You can lift the lockout before I even hit publish on this article and spring training can start tomorrow.
As noted earlier today, beginning on Monday the MLBPA and owners representation (as well as several owners who haven’t been directly involved at the table in the past) will begin meeting daily to try and truly getting things moving towards a completed deal.