The Main League Baseball season won’t be 162 video games lengthy this 12 months … commissioner Rob Manfred is now canceling contests after the league and its gamers didn’t ratify a brand new collective bargaining settlement.
Manfred made the announcement on Tuesday afternoon following days of negotiation talks in Florida … telling reporters, “I’m going to cancel some regular-season video games.”
“We labored onerous to keep away from an consequence that is unhealthy for our followers, unhealthy for our gamers, and unhealthy for our golf equipment,” Manfred mentioned.
The MLB commish mentioned he’ll cancel the primary two sequence of the season … and insinuated there might be way more cancellations if the 2 sides do not strike a deal quickly.
Manfred mentioned each the league and its gamers labored tirelessly over the past week to attempt to get a deal completed to be able to keep away from this consequence … and he mentioned the MLB supplied a proposal that he believed was greater than honest.
“The unlucky factor,” he mentioned, “perhaps essentially the most unlucky factor is that settlement, the one we have supplied to our gamers, supplied big advantages for our followers and for our gamers.”
No phrase on the place talks go from right here and when the events will sit at a desk once more … but when the negotiations stall once more — Massive League motion might be paused indefinitely.
Tough day for baseball followers in every single place.