MLB lockout: Commissioner Rob Manfred ‘so disappointed’ about offseason work freeze

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,“I am deeply disappointed with the situation in which our sport finds itself today.”,

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That was Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred discussing the lockdowns and work stoppages that rocked America’s pastime. An Open Letter to Baseball Fans,

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The player freeze began after the league and its player union failed to agree to a new collective bargaining deal by the December 1 deadline. The MLB lockout marks the first work halt for the professional baseball league in nearly 27 years since the 1994 World Series was canceled due to a players’ strike.

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But Manfred also wrote that he hoped a deal could still be struck between MLB and the Players Association.

“Simply put, we believe an off-season lockout is the best mechanism to protect the 2022 season,” Manfred wrote In his letter to fans posted on MLB.com. “We hope the lockdown will speed up negotiations and lead us to an agreement that will allow the season to start on time.”

Manfred cited a record-breaking free agency period in which MLB players were awarded contracts worth more than $1.7 billion as evidence of the league’s commitment to the players. Players such as Max Scherzer and Corey Seeger were among a bunch of high-profile signings by MLB clubs.

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During the MLB lockdown, teams cannot transact, have any contact with players, or host workouts at team facilities. Players will still be paid their signing bonus, but will not receive any normal salary payments as long as the lockdown is in place. CBS,

“This drastic and unnecessary measure will not affect the players’ resolve to reach a fair contract,” MLBPA chief Tony Clark said in a statement. Statement, “We are committed to negotiating a new collective bargaining agreement that enhances competition, improves the product for our fans, and advances the rights and benefits of our membership.”

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MLB said it does not expect any holidays for the league office or for individual teams due to the lockdown.

Manfred said there are no scheduled talks This time between the league and the Players Association.

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