Even if the MLB and the MLB Players Association have opposing views on an international draft, There was some hope on Wednesday that the two sides could come to an agreement to end the lockdown cancellation of at least the first two series of the regular season and delete Spring training game through March 18.
That hope was officially gone early Wednesday evening when MLB commissioner Rob Manfred confirmed via a declare that fans won’t get the Opening Date until mid-April at the earliest.
“In a last-ditch effort to sustain a 162-game season, this week we made good faith proposals that address the specific concerns raised by the MLBPA and will allow players to return. yard immediately,” Manfred said. “The Clubs have made every effort to meet the key requirements of the MLBPA. On the key economic issues causing obstacles, the Clubs have proposed ways to close the gap to maintain. maintaining a full schedule Regrettably, after our second late night bargaining session in a week, we still had no agreement.
“Due to the logistical realities of the calendar, the other two series are being removed from the schedule, meaning Opening Day is postponed until April 14. We worked hard to reach an agreement and deliver. a fair deal with significant improvements for players and fans.I am saddened that this situation continues to affect our game and all of the participants, especially the fans. our loyal grave.
“We have the utmost respect for our players and hope they will ultimately choose to accept the fair deal they have been offered.”
According to MLB network insider Jon Heyman, things took a turn for the worse earlier in the day: