Do or Die- MLB Players Given Harsh Terms if Regular Season Does Not Resume in Time

Published 02/25/2022, 8:45 AM EST
Oct 31, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; (From left to right) Atlanta Braves center fielder Adam Duvall, starting pitcher Ian Anderson (36), right fielder Joc Pederson (22), third baseman Austin Riley (27), and shortstop Dansby Swanson (7) in the dugout during the ninth inning of game five of the 2021 World Series against the Houston Astros at Truist Park. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

With the new season about to start the next month, MLB owners and players are still in the search of the new CBA deal. Notably, Major League Baseball is going through the owners-imposed lockout since the last year’s December. 

This is MLB’s first work stoppage in the last 28 years. However, representatives of both sides are trying their best to get the new CBA deal as soon as possible. So that the regular season starts as per its schedule.

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MLB owners indirectly threaten players in order to start the regular season

It is no secret that if the regular season gets delayed, then not only the owners but players will be at a huge loss too. Due to the lockout, MLB has already postponed the spring training for one week, which starts on March 5. And looking at the current scenario of MLB, the regular season is also in danger.

Oct 29, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Atlanta Braves fans hold up phone lights during a pitching change by the Houston Astros during the fourth inning during game three of the 2021 World Series at Truist Park. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

However, to get the new CBA done at the earliest, MLB has reportedly gave harsh terms to players. As per renowned MLB journalist Evan Drellich, if the two parties do not sign the new CBA before February 28, then the regular-season games will be canceled. And if this happens, then players will have to lose their salaries. What is, even more, worse is that the MLB will not reschedule the games which will be lost to the lockout.

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Taking to its Twitter, Fox Sports tweeted the same and cited the MLB spokesperson’s statement regarding the start of the new season.

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When will the regular season start?

In this week itself, the owners and the payers’ association have met for four consecutive days. And yet, the two sides have not agreed on the new Collective Bargaining Agreement. As per MLB Trade Rumors, representatives from both sides will meet again Tomorrow.

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Considering the current situation in MLB, it is very unlikely that the regular season will start on its schedule. Only time will tell when the baseball fans will get to see the games and cheer for their teams at the ballparks.

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Abhishek Kumar

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Abhishek Kumar is an MLB author at EssentiallySports. After completing his Master’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication, Abhishek has been working in the media industry since two years. Before joining EssentiallySports, he previously worked at APN News as a sub-editor, where he has written articles on sports and politics.

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