As we enter into a new year, there was some hope that MLB and the Player’s Association could start fresh. With the old collective bargaining agreement behind them, the two sides have every opportunity to make things right and get baseball back on track.
But don’t hold your breath baseball fans. The latest report suggests that MLB and the Players Association don’t even have a meeting scheduled for the new year. I don’t know much, but I do know that nothing gets solved if the two sides do not even talk.
Evan Drellich of the Athletic had reported in December that the two sides did not plan to start negotiations back up until 2022. USA Today’s Bob Nightengale, who reported that there was no meeting scheduled, also added that the two sides had met just twice since baseball was locked out.
That could be for a number of reasons, all of which stem back to money. MLB and PA might feel that there is no pressure and thus no need to rush back into negotiations. The two sides might also feel confident that a deal is going to come together, and coming off the Holiday break takes some time.
But the simple fact that there is no meeting in place should be a little worrisome for baseball fans. MLB is supposed to have players start reporting for Spring Training camps in February, just over a month away. That means that the clock is very much ticking to get things back on schedule.
Add in the fact that there are still a whole lot of guys that have yet to sign contracts, and it’s going to be a wild couple of weeks to get baseball started…if it’s on time.