Happy Friday, Athletics Nation!
The MLB lockout drags on, leaving us wondering when the regular season will actually begin. Lead negotiators for MLB and the MLBPA met on Thursday, but it isn’t apparent that anything concrete came from yesterday’s discussions; one might presume the parties were seeking to reset the tone for talks going forward.
Meanwhile, some MLB players, locked out of the official Spring Training venues in Mesa, AZ, are convening to train at an alternate site, reported Matt Kawahara of the San Francisco Chronicle. Kawahara spoke on Thursday with Giants outfielder and union representative Austin Slater, who declared that players are unified and determined to fight for a fair deal. Slater acknowledged players’ disappointment with the 91 regular season games that have been canceled so far, but doubled down on their commitment to stand up for their best interests:
“...this is the strongest, I think, and most unified we’ve been in 30 years. And I think owners and the league office maybe saw that [at the failed Venus, FL negotiations] and maybe saw it as an opportunity to see if that was actually true or not. And I think they’ll find out quickly that it is: We’re strong, we’re united, everyone’s informed and on the same page, and that we’re just fighting for a fair deal here.”
All-Star reliever and MLBPA executive subcommittee member Andrew Miller indicated at a press conference on Tuesday that the players are prepared for a long stoppage if need be:
“We’re prepared. We’ve seen this coming in a sense. It’s unfortunate but this isn’t new to us. … Our communication, our willingness to see each other’s points of view and to find solutions and to fight for what’s right is nothing like I’ve seen before.”
The message seems clear: the players won’t back down and they are prepared to make sacrifices for the future of the game. The owners seem pretty entrenched for their own part: MLB insider Andy Martino reported that the league’s “best and final” offer on Tuesday was opposed by four team owners. Yet that offer was roundly rejected by the MLBPA. Economic costs will mount for both sides as this impasse persists, but given the high long-term stakes of the disputed issues, we could be waiting a while yet for the season to commence.
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Best of Twitter:
Puason and the other Max Muncy drillin’.
More baseball. A’s prospects Robert Puason and Max Muncy among those taking part in infield drills. pic.twitter.com/RdrinTr8cD— Martín Gallegos (@MartinJGallegos) March 3, 2022
Not a terrible idea to mine the glory days while we wait for live MLB action.
Best playoff game I’ve ever attended and I was at the 1988 and 1990 ALCS clinchers. https://t.co/TiqQD94x8p— Melissa Lockard (@melissalockard) March 4, 2022
More arcane procedurals in Oakland.
City of Oakland filed the Howard Terminal EIR Notice of Determination today.— Vitamin Dee (@2Legit2Quit_Cat) March 3, 2022
Now, a 30 day window opens for challenges to this certification (in most cases).
My guess is that EOSA & partners will file a challenge in the coming weeks - which is expected.https://t.co/L2k8W3L3n8 pic.twitter.com/UIdFuintsW
On the relatively low cost of early season cancelations.
I've previously written about how I believed that MLB locked out its own owners, particularly the Mets and Dodgers, from signing free agents in the absence of a CBT as much as it locked out the players. But, now it looks like they've done something else.— (((EugeneFreedman))) (@EugeneFreedman) March 3, 2022
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