After a long night of negotiations, just a week removed from the end of the nine-day summit in Jupiter to try and ratify a new CBA before the loss of regular season games, MLB has once again pushed back its “deadline” to strike a deal.
This is now the fourth time MLB has had a deadline in place.
Obviously, each of the last three times, the “deadline” in question has not been met.
Once again, the owners are threatening to cancel more games if it is not met.
The first two series have already been scrubbed off the 2022 regular season schedule.
Lockout Day No. 98: The Players Association is scheduled to meet soon this morning with its executive board before providing a written response to MLB’s proposal. MLB wants an agreement by this afternoon or would likely cancel another week of regular-season games.
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) March 9, 2022
Take It With A Grain Of Salt
Fans are likely trying not to get their hopes too high about this.
There was at least enough progress to take one more shot at preserving a full season, but that didn’t really help matters last week.
It’s frustrating to see MLB do this time and again.
It’s clear that these “deadlines” are not hard and fast and that they are only in place to try and force the players’ hand.
To their credit, the union has held firm and continued to push for a fair deal.
But fans can’t help but wonder how much longer we’ll have to wait, and how many more times the owners will propose a deadline, only for it to be pushed back and then not met, causing more games to be cancelled.
It almost seems to be the owners’ own negotiating ploy.
It’s like it’s their one bargaining chip that they keep going back to over and over again.
Fans at this point are tired of all the nonsense and are losing patience for a deal to be struck.