- Discussions end Wednesday after a minutes-long meeting; teams far apart on economic problems.
- Two of the eight members of the union’s executive subcommittee have hired big dealings: Texas infielder Marcus Semien ($175 million) and New York Mets pitcher Max Scherzer ($130 million).
Work stoppage since 1995:
Major League Baseball jumped into its first work stoppage in a quarter-century when the sport’s collective haggling contract expired Wednesday night and owners quickly locked out players in a transit that warns spring training and opening day.
The plan, management’s equivalent of a strike under national labour law, finished the sport’s labour union after 9,740 days over 26-½ years.
Teams selected to force the long-anticipated meeting during an off-season rather than dangerous players stepping out during the summer, as they did in 1994. Players and owners had strongly reached four progressive arrangements without a work stoppage, but they have been stimulating toward a conflict for almost two years.
“We believe that an off-season lockout is the best mechanism to protect the 2022 season,” Manfred penned in a letter to fans. “We expect that the lockout will jumpstart the negotiations and get us to an agreement that will allow the season to start on time. Source – cbc.ca
“This defensive lockout was important because the players’ association’s vision for Major League Baseball would threaten the ability of most teams to be competitive.” Source – cbc.ca
Talks that began the previous spring ended Wednesday after a concise session of insignificant minutes with the sides far apart on the dozens of key financial problems. Management’s arbitrators left the union’s hotel around nine hours before the arrangement ended at 11:59 p.m. EST, and players said MLB did not make any further central economic offers this week.