(NewsNation now) – In 2020 and 2021, the start of the Major League Baseball season was delayed by the coronavirus pandemic. This year it will be delayed again, but the only disease involved is greed.
Three months into an owner-imposed lockout, key issues remain unresolved, such as the luxury tax, minimum player salary and changes to the free agent process.
On Tuesday, Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred canceled the first two games of the upcoming season, ensuring a work stoppage would shorten the regular season for the first time in 27 years. “We worked hard to avoid a result that is bad for our fans, bad for our players and bad for our clubs,” said Manfred.
The Major League Baseball Players Association issued a response saying fans around the world are disgusted but not surprised. It went on to say: “From the beginning of these negotiations, the players’ goals have been consistent – to promote competition, provide fair compensation to young players and to maintain the integrity of our market system. Given rising revenue and record profits, we seek nothing other than a fair deal. “
So what does that mean for baseball, and what’s next? The regular season is delayed by at least a week. The two sides will regroup and begin meetings again, perhaps as early as Thursday. Meanwhile, the lost game, lost pay and for fans means that one is missing a much-needed dose of America’s pastime.
The last time MLB had a work problem that caused lost matches was in 1994, when a player strike cost the end of that season, canceled the World Series and delayed the start of the 1995 season.