No end in sight for MLB lockdown as spring training delay seems inevitable | St. Louis News Headlines

( – Over the weekend, we saw Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright host a charity event for baseball fans through his organization Big League Impact. It was a great opportunity for baseball fans in Springfield, Illinois to contribute to a good cause and have the chance to interact with one of their favorite players.

Just another example of Adam Wainwright focusing on the big picture and the bigger picture – and hey, putting baseball fans first in the process.

After all, someone should.

Major League Baseball certainly hasn’t done its part in seeking fans of its sport in recent months. And the writing on the wall suggests they’re not looking to change that approach anytime soon, as the MLB lockdown has entered surprising territory with standard spring training reporting dates for pitchers and recipients in just over a week.

It was one thing for MLB lockdown policies to dictate that former Cardinals final pitcher and current team employee Jason Isringhausen was not allowed to join his buddy Wainwright in the event. Sunday’s Big League Impact at Springfield. It’s another thing for MLB to continue to turn a blind eye to fans by threatening to extend this lockdown as it begins to delay spring training and – in the worst-case scenario which is becoming increasingly likely every day – regular season games.

When MLB went back on its word to the MLB Players Association last week regarding its intention to return to the negotiating table with a counter-offer, it was the latest move in a series of attempted relationships. public through which the league worried more. on how the optics of a decision would publicly play against whether it’s actually the right move to bring baseball closer to a legitimate comeback.

After consistently refusing to negotiate based on previous player offers, MLB took a hardline stance in seeking the intervention of a federal mediator to help bridge the rift between the league and the MLBPA. The players responded by rejecting the request, which must be approved by both parties to take effect. Instead, the players have made it clear that they are ready to continue working at the negotiating table to find a solution.

The league had indicated its intention to return to the MLBPA with its final counteroffer days before cutting the rug under the smokescreen process of seeking a federal mediator. A natural and instantaneous reaction to seeing the players reject this request might be to blame the players for the lack of progress in the process, but that’s probably exactly the reaction MLB was hoping to get from the public when it tried the ploy.

The players have so far made concessions on their previous demands which would have included significant changes to the sport’s economic system, with their move to reduce the length of service requirement before free agency from six to five years. . It’s one of several initial demands the MLBPA waived in an effort to expedite negotiations.

But other economic principles and issues like competitive balance remain important concerns for players. In an effort to clarify public understanding of their goals, MLBPA leaders like Max Scherzer took to social media over the weekend with clear statements about their desires in these negotiations.

At this time, it’s not particularly clear what the owners hope to gain from the negotiations, other than a stranglehold on as much of the revenue as they possibly can keep. But players are keenly aware of the rise in income in the sport in recent years, and they seem firmly entrenched in their desire for that income to more fairly reflect their contributions to the sport’s growth. The graphic in the tweet below has been shared several times over the past week by San Francisco Giants writer Grant Brisbee.

This is one of many elements that illustrates current player frustrations with the lack of flexibility and good faith participation from team owners in the current negotiation process. Those paying close attention to the growing friction will notice the clear reality that an on-time start to the next baseball season is most certainly in jeopardy.

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