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Last week, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred seemed bullish on the prospect of a timely Opening Day of the 2022 season, scheduled for March 31.
“I’m an optimist, ... I believe we will have an agreement in time to play our regular schedule. … We’re doing everything we can to get a deal done for our fans,” said Manfred at Thursday’s owners meetings.
Over the weekend, MLB offered their version of “doing everything” with a laundry list of incremental concessions that closed very little of the colossal gap between the current bargaining positions of the league and the Players Association. The league’s proposal left Evan Drellich and Ken Rosenthal at The Athletic bereft of the high hopes Manfred held out.
Drellich and Rosenthal opined on Sunday that the two sides would likely need to reach an agreement by the beginning of March to allow for a shortened spring training and a timely start to the new season. But the league gave mere inches and left the players feeling “lowballed and frustrated” yet again.
One particularly stark area of disagreement concerns the pre-arbitration bonus pool. The Players Association most recently reduced their demand from $105 to $100 million, and the League matched the players’ concession in nominal terms, from $10 to $15 million. Obviously, much more ground must be given in a hurry to close the remaining $85 million in dispute by the end of February.
Whose cup will you drink from? Manfred’s glass half full of everything? Or would you rather sip sparingly from Drellich and Rosenthal’s brew of sober assessment, in case months remain before baseball commences?
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Best of Twitter:
CBA talks proceeding at glacial pace
MLB understood its proposal carried no hope to facilitate a deal in days. The intention rather was to spark talk and trigger more give-and take. MLB clearly has more room for flexibility but seeks to first see greater movement from the players.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) February 12, 2022
Happy 78 to Cap’n Sal!
Happy 78th to Sal Bando, who helped the @Athletics to a World Series three-peat 1972-4. An unequivocal leader & durable, 4X AS 3B, Bando avg'd 23 HRs, 90 RBIs in 8-yr span in an offensively depressed era (1969-76). Read about his career in @sabr BioProject https://t.co/KK5x44DF9T pic.twitter.com/rmdJS1jKlJ— SABR BioProject (@SABRbioproject) February 13, 2022
RIP Jeremy Giambi
RIP Jeremy Giambi— Kayla Vucinich (@ilovevucy) February 10, 2022
One of my favorite photos of all time. pic.twitter.com/kYNbF8z1qs
Former Mariners reliever Calvin Jones dies at 58
Calvin Jones Passes Away https://t.co/Zti7d9gsGS pic.twitter.com/DjVzb5rV27— MLB Trade Rumors (@mlbtraderumors) February 13, 2022
Billy Beane: https://t.co/q2VjBVX3Xm pic.twitter.com/37Wrx4KbEi— Ben Ross (@BenRossTweets) February 13, 2022
Black History Month: Baylor homered in first AB as Athletic in 1976
On April 9, 1976, Don Baylor hit a home run against the Angels in his first at-bat as an Oakland A. #BlackHistoryMonth pic.twitter.com/wtZoAkzrgw— Oakland A's (@Athletics) February 13, 2022