MLB Owners Reportedly Vote Unanimously to Institute Lockout Amid Labor Dispute


Paul Kasabian is featured Columnist IIDecember 2, 2021.

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Jon Heyman of MLB Network and Audacy reports that the owners of the MLB have unanimously voted to institute a labor dispute.

The collective bargaining agreement between MLB and MLBPA is set to end. On Wednesday.

According to Jeff Passan, the MLB and MLBPA leaders held a meeting at an Irving, Texas hotel that lasted just seven minutes. Passan wrote that the three days of bargaining produced no progress after months of talks had done the same.

The 1994-95 strike resulted in the cancellation of the end of the 1994 season and a delayed start, as well as more lost games, to begin 1995.

Jesse Rogers wrote a huge FAQ for fans about the Lockout. Rogers noted that time is on the league and players union's side.

The start of the 2020 campaign is not expected until late February, and the start of the 2022 campaign is not expected until March 31.

The hot stove season would come to a screeching halt. Rogers gave more information.

"Except that teams still could talk to one another." It is possible for trades to be completed during the Lockout but not announced until after it ends. The major league portion of the winter meetings would be canceled. The meetings wouldn't have much point as agents couldn't meet with teams. The media wouldn't be allowed to speak to team personnel about players on 40-man rosters. The minor league side of the meetings would continue. Drug testing would stop during the off season. It would pick up as soon as the new CBA is approved.

Recent days have seen a lot of big-money contracts being handed out as players look to secure their homes in the future.

If no deal is done by February 1, it will be problematic, and if there is no deal by March 1, panic will set in, according to Jeff Passan.

panic shouldn't set in just yet because the MLB and MLBPA have nearly three months before the start of spring training.