Lockout 2022? Can the MLB Figure it Out?!

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Lockout 2022

As Covid is rapidly increasing, we turn to the world of sports to ease our minds. With the NHL, NBA and NFL canceling and rescheduling games it is tough to look forward to live sports. The one sport that kind of helped people forget the pandemic was baseball. Major League Baseball was the first sport to allow fans back in the stadium since the pandemic started. I remember going to the 2021 opening day New York Yankee game with my friends feeling ecstatic to finally see a live sporting event. Unfortunately, I am not sure if I will have that same feeling for this year’s opening day game. Not only do you have to worry about Covid, but as of December 1, 2021, Major League Baseball is locked out. The last deal the players union and the owners made was back in 2016 and there is a lot of questions that need answers before any future deal is made. The timing of the lockout is terrible, as this is the first work stoppage in 25 years. Also, this is the 9th work stoppage in their sport’s history.

Who is to Blame?

Lockouts in general, is just bad for business. It is extremely difficult to side with who is at fault for this lockout, but if you break it down, I will have to blame the owners. During the last year or two the players had to play during the height of the pandemic, and they should be rewarded for it. It looks bad for the sport when the owners are not willing to pay their players after receiving revenue sharing money. Owners are relying on less talented and younger players to contribute, rather than paying veterans the money they deserve. The players union strongly believe that the major league average salary has flatted or dropped throughout the last four years. The owners believe baseball players have the best deal in professional sports. During the start of the lockout, fans favor the players until spring training starts approaching. Once games start cancelling, fans will start changing their mindset towards the players. Owners should open their bank accounts and pay the players so we can have baseball back.

What to Expect?

Since the start of the lockout, December 1, all baseball activities are cancelled until further notice. There will be no free agent signings, no contact of any kind between teams and players and no players will be allowed to use any of the team facilities. The annual winter meetings are cancelled, and the future of the MLB doesn’t look promising. As of now, no games are in jeopardy, but we have to wait to see if spring training will be affected. There is a ton of questions that need answers before any deal can be made. For example, what will the league’s policy for Covid testing, or positive cases be? Also, money will always be a huge part of these negotiations. Lastly, rule changes will also play a factor in these negotiations. A tentative target date to look at will be February 1st, 2022. If nothing is resolved by that day (about 2 months), then spring training and future games will most likely be rescheduled or canceled. I believe the owners will do everything in their powers to have the season start on time. The owners and the league lost a lot of money because of the pandemic and another shorted season would be a devasting blow for the sport. Some of the topics under negotiations are free agency years, revenue sharing amongst clubs and hard salary cap. The lockout leaves many teams, like the New York Yankees, with many questions regarding their 2022 rosters. The Yankees, unlike the Mets and other teams, weren’t active in the free agent market before the lockout started. The Yankees still need to find answers for many positions in their line up and out in the field. With everything at a halt, I am worried the Yankees won’t have the time they need to make the proper roster adjustments before the start of the season. At this point, only time can tell what the future holds for Major League Baseball. There is no better feeling than having a nice cold beer with a hot dog and watch your favorite MLB team from the stands. If the MLB can’t figure it out, you should look elsewhere to watch baseball, like the Independent Leagues or NCAA baseball. In my opinion, the owners will cave, and an agreement will be made by the start of the season. In the fans eyes it’s billionaires fighting millionaires and the fans are the ones that are going to pay in the end.



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2 thoughts on “Lockout 2022? Can the MLB Figure it Out?!

  1. Yes, going to a game is great — if you don’t need a second mortgage to get a hotdog. But I’m home bound so depend on DirectV for it’s baseball package. A strike would hurt both my wife and me, and it angers me that even the threat of not starting on March 31 has been leveled. Only lawyers for both sides stand to gain by a war. Wish I could say I don’t care and they all can go to hell, but I’m addicted to the Pinstripes, Michael, David, and Paul.

    1. Anthony,

      I love the feedback! You opened my eyes to a whole nothing perspective. I truly believe the 2022 season will start on time, but to draw out this lockout so lawyers gain profits is ridiculous. Both sides have strong arguments and unfortunately lawyers have to be involved to make sure the process goes smoothly. Going to a game gets harder and harder each year. It is getting to a point that the average fan can’t afford to go anymore.

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