What to know about MLB lockout


Courtesy of: MLB

Ben Huber, Sports Editor

On December 2,  The Major League of Baseball released a statement that had been titled A Letter To Baseball Fans. To sum up the letter into a small phrase; the commissioner of baseball Robert Manfred had officially announced the termination of its 2022 season.

        To introduce the topic to this statement Manfred explains “Despite the league’s best efforts to make a deal with the Players Association, we were unable to extend our 26 year-long history of labor peace and come to an agreement with the MLBPA before the current CBA expired. Therefore, we have been forced to commence a lockout of Major League players, effective at 12:01 a.m. ET on December 2.” initially giving baseball fans no hope for their team to play in 2022.

        Though this may seem scary to a fan’s POV, the lockout may not run as long as one would expect. In rare cases is a lockout canceling the entire season, there have been cases where the MLB has held shortened seasons with normal postseasons, like in 1990. But in 1994 the MLB canceled all games so it is reliant on time to find out what is going to happen.

        The alleged reasoning toward this years’ lockout was “particular concern to the players’ union was the ongoing trend of tanking, in which teams intentionally choose not to sign talented players in the hopes that they will finish with a losing season and receive higher compensation in future MLB drafts.”  and situations having to do with certain agreements with the MLB Players Association.

        Baseball fans and players across social media have seemed to turn this lockout into a big joke. Players on the MLB website were removed of their headshots and replaced with a templated no-faced gray player. Fans joined in and made these their profiles on social media. Players like Evan Longoria joined in on the fun as well.