Embarrassment would be the best word to describe Thursday’s meeting between Major League Baseball and Major League Baseball Players Association, as the meeting lasted 15 minutes. It is frustrating as both sides are far from reaching an agreement. Both sides need to stop strong-arming the other and come to a resolution fast. As a result, spring training games have been pushed back to March 5th. Atlanta Braves manager Brian Snitker shared his thoughts about the delay to spring training, “I don’t care if we lose spring training games.” All that matters to the managers, the players and Snitker is that they don’t lose regular-season games.
Remember, Major League Baseball played 60 regular-season games last season due to the pandemic. Both sides are going to meet on Monday in hopes of making progress. The pressure is on, as they are trying to salvage the season. If the league can’t come to terms by February 28th, the start of the regular season will not start on time. There are some key free agents still unsigned. The top remaining free agents include Freddie Freeman, Carlos Correa, Trevor Story, Kris Bryant, Clayton Kershaw, and Kyle Schwarber. Let’s hope that both sides hammer out a deal before time runs out, or baseball, as we know, will be doomed.