Owners and Players Finally Agree to Deal – Baseball is Back

There will be baseball this year.

MLB and the MLB Players Union finally reached an agreement on their collective bargaining agreement Thursday afternoon.

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MLB and MLBPA Fail to Agree, Again; More Series Canceled

It’s Deja Vu, all over again.

After another self-imposed deadline by the owners, albeit with more ramifications on the season, Major League Baseball and the Players Union again failed to make an agreement, and the full 162 game season in 2022 will not be.

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MLB and Players Union Do Not Reach Agreement – Season Will Not Start on Time

Since the self imposed owner’s lockout began on December 1st, MLB and the Major League Baseball Players Association have sporadically been in talks about a wide range off meant to better or worsen the state of the players and the game, depending on which side you are on.

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Lockout Looms Over Spring Training, Latest Dodger Notes

The latest news is that the MLB Players Association rejected the MLB’s attempt to use a federal mediator to end the lockout.

I’m not sure what exactly is going on behind closed doors; but, at this point, it honestly wouldn’t hurt the MLB to live stream the meetings or offer some type of coverage. It’s hard to envision the season starting on time at this point.

Right now, it’s quite hard to talk about anything else in the baseball world due to the lockout, as everything comes back to it.

In my mind, it looks like we’ll get a shortened season for the second time in three years. While it’s probably not going to be 60 games like in 2020, both sides should aim to lose no longer than a month of games at this point.

We’re also not taking in the fact the time players are going to need to prepare, especially when considering how many big names are still on the free agency market.

The Dodgers might be one of those clubs who end up with several key players added before Opening Day, whenever that may be..

Even with the departures of Corey Seager and Max Scherzer, the Dodgers are still predicted by many MLB pundits to have the best record in the National League.

Even though the Dodgers have one of the better rosters at the Major league level, their farm system is not to be overlooked. The Dodgers have had one of the best farm systems easily over the last decade in the Majors.

Baseball America has ranked the current Dodgers farm system at No. 8. The Dodgers have parted ways with some prospects in some big trades throughout the last couple of years, but still manage to have a great farm system, with 20-year-old Diego Cartaya leading the current rankings.

Dustin May also looks to be on his way back, as the 24-year-old right-hander had Tommy John surgery last year. Recently, he posted a video on social media of him throwing. As we know due to the lockout, the players can not use the team facilities for rehab or practice.

I really hope MLB can end the lockout soon, for the benefit of everyone. Things are starting to get dicey to the point in which it most certainly will affect the season at least to some degree.

Latest on MLB Lockout and Thoughts from Dave Roberts

Well folks, we’ve reached February and although the MLBPA and Major League Baseball have met in recent days, they are no closer to reaching an agreement than when the lockout started in early December.

With Spring Training scheduled to start in two weeks for pitchers and catchers, the possibility of the season starting on time is getting smaller with each second that passes by.

The two sides remain far apart, and it seems that the Players Union is the only one willing to negotiate. The MLBPA proposed the following two areas on Tuesday-

  • Moving the pre arbitration bonus pool from $105 million to $100 million
  • Reducing the scope of their service time manipulation proposal to include fewer rookies by WAR who would qualify for a year of service

Negotiations were said to be “heated” in a meeting that lasted just 90 minutes. When the two sides last week, MLB agreed to the concept of the bonus pool, but were starting with just $10 million.

In an article by Evan Drellich, the union’s plan would award a full year of MLB service time to rookies who finish in the top five in their league for Rookie of the Year, top three for reliever of the year and/or make first- or second-team All-MLB. Using an average of bWAR and fWAR, non-outfielders and non-pitchers who finish in the top seven of their positions in their respective leagues also would qualify, as would pitchers and outfielders who finish in the top 20. Previously, the union offered top 10 and top 30 respectively.

There currently is no plan for the two sides to meet again. It could happen later this week, it may not be until next week, when there is a regular quarterly meeting of owners in Florida. It is not probable that there would be a lockout meeting while the owners are meeting, however. If nothing happens next week, then we are on to the next week, when spring training is supposed to start. So unless something drastic happens, do not count on spring training and probably the season starting on time.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts spoke with SNLA’s Kirsten Watson on Tuesday about what has been the hardest part of the lockout for him personally.

“It’s been different this time, with the lock out, and I can’t…. This is the time where I really connect with the players, and get the vibe of how things are going and talk to them about spring training and how their off-seasons are going and right now we can’t talk to the player so that’s been different….I love time with the family but I’m staring to get antsy for things to start”.

He went on to say that at this point, he and the coaching staff have plans A, B, C, and D as far as the roster when baseball resumes, and believes that it will move quickly once it does.

Roberts also mentioned the president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman and the front office are having conversations, and that that he (Roberts) believes there will be a lot of player movement once the lockout is resolved.

Tangentially, ZiPS has the Dodgers winning the most games in the National League next season, roster as is. No doubt Friedman and company have many different plans for shoring up the pitching staff and bettering the team.

Thoughts on Major League Baseball and Its Lockdown

We are now about six weeks away from what should be the time when pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training. However, we don’t seem to be any closer to a resolution between the Players Association and Major League Baseball.

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On Yasiel Puig, and Fandom When Players and Sports Let You Down

Content Warning – sexual assault and abuse

Baseball players, along with most athletes, are often times held to a reverence where they seem they are above reproach, just because they spark joy playing a little kid’s game. You fall in love with the way they play, their smile, their love of the game that just seems contagious in the way they play.

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Dodgers Re-Sign Super-Utility Man Chris Taylor; Other News and Notes Before the MLB Lockdown

Just when you thought the Los Angeles Dodgers were going to let all of their excellent free agents join other teams, and not make big news ahead of the MLB lockout, the front office once again proved us all wrong.

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Dodgers and Spin Rate: How Will MLB’s Crackdown Affect Los Angeles Pitching Staff?

The Los Angeles Dodgers have an off day on Monday before they begin a three-game set with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Coming off of two losses against the Atlanta Braves, they could use a little time to regroup.

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