MLB spring training delayed due to lockout

Now spring coaching is formally postponed.

Main League Baseball introduced Friday that its exhibition schedule, initially slated to start on Feb. 26, will begin “no sooner than” March 5 because of the labor turbulence emanating from commissioner Rob Manfred’s lockout. All 30 groups will make full refunds out there, the league introduced.

Whereas pitchers and catchers usually can be in camp by now, groups by no means introduced reporting dates, as is custom, because of the lockout, which went into impact on Dec. 2. That enabled MLB to kick the can a number of extra days. 

But with little progress in collective bargaining — Thursday’s session on the MLB Gamers Affiliation’s Manhattan headquarters lasted about quarter-hour — and the twenty sixth lurking, the house owners conceded the apparent. Additionally they vowed to accentuate their collective bargaining, with Feb. 28 sitting as a commonsense deadline to complete the brand new deal so as to maintain Opening Day on its unique date of March 31.

“We’re dedicated to reaching an settlement that’s honest to every facet,” the league mentioned in a press release. “On Monday, members of the house owners’ bargaining committee will be a part of an in-person assembly with the Gamers Affiliation and stay day-after-day subsequent week to barter and work laborious in the direction of beginning the season on time.”

MLB remains to be hoping for its scheduled Opening Day as labor negotiations proceed.
Charles Wenzelberg / New York Publish

Commissioner Rob Manfred mentioned final week that the house owners wish to run a camp lasting at the least 4 weeks, and that about three days can be required to open spring coaching if and when a deal will get accomplished. Therefore the notion {that a} new collective bargaining settlement would must be completed by the tip of this month to run the 162-game schedule on time.


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