The uncertainty of the 2021 MLB season has led to a historically slow free-agent market this offseason. With teams unsure of what the plan is for the number of games played and the revenue, most have been unwilling to take a gamble and spend.
The good news is that today, we got the best news on the MLB season in months. Commissioner Rob Manfred spoke with teams on a conference call on Monday afternoon and advised that Spring Training should start on time, per USA Today.
In that same conference call, Manfred advised that teams should plan for a full 162-game season as well. MLB previously had plans to delay the start of the season and to likely cut down the number of games played. All of that just to allow time for fans to receive the COVID-19 vaccination, thus allowing them to attend games. That appears to have been blocked by the Player’s Association on some level.
With the 2020 season limited to 60 games, MLB players received just 37 percent of their pay for the year. The league is not allowed to delay the start of the season without the approval of the union. Clearly, they must have put their foot down on that issue.
There has not yet been an official announcement by MLB or anyone involved in leadership. Sources on the matter spoke anonymously as they were apparently not authorized to release the information on the 162-game plan. Stay tuned…
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