Baseball Players Association Rejects Final MLB Offer – Commissioner Cancels Opening Day
After a months-long lockout filled with negotiations, Major League Baseball team owners and the Players’ Association were unable to reach agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement by the deadline. 5 p.m. deadline, which the league said was the last window to reach a deal before being forced to cancel the March 31 opening day for the 2022 season.
MLBPA leaders voted unanimously to reject MLB’s final proposal on a deal on Tuesday, about a half-hour before the 5 p.m. deadline, ESPN’s Jeff Passan reported.
MLB commissioner Rob Manfred has confirmed he will cancel regular season games following player rejection, according to at ESPN.
The rejection means regular season games will be canceled due to a work stoppage for the first time since 1995.
Although the league presented its “best and final” to offer to players on Tuesday, the two sides were unable to reach an agreement on a new competitive equilibrium tax threshold – the taxes a team must pay if it exceeds certain salary figures on its players’ payroll – and arbitration terms for young players, among other disputes.
The lockout began on December 2, 2021, during the offseason, following the expiration of the league’s previous collective bargaining agreement. Manfred told baseball fans in a letter that day that the players’ demands “threaten most teams’ ability to be competitive.” Players have yet to report to their teams or attend spring training, which was due to start last week.
“What Rob Manfred called a ‘defensive lockout’ is, in fact, the culmination of a decades-long attempt by the owners to break up our brotherhood of players,” the Players Association said. tweeted Tuesday following Manfred’s cancellations. “As in the past, this effort will fail. We are united and committed to brokering a fair deal that will make the sport better for players, fans and everyone who loves our game.”