Today is lockout day #70. Pitchers and catchers aren’t reporting this weekend. Spring training being delayed is now a fait accompli. Today Rob Manfred stated losing regular season games would be “disastrous.” No kidding. MLB is still trying to gain back income lost in the pandemic-shortened 2020 season. Obviously that isn’t happening if they lose more money by not playing games this year.
The commissioner then, describing himself as an optimist, said, “You’re always one breakthrough away from making an agreement. That’s the art of this process. Somebody makes a move. And that’s why we’ll make additional moves on Saturday that creates flexibility on the other side and what seemed like a big gap on this topic or that topic isn’t such a big gap anymore.”
The most interesting part of that, to me, was “additional moves on Saturday.” Last week the MLBPA was annoyed when MLB proposed using a federal mediator rather than countering the players’ most recent proposal. It was at least part of why the players’ reps rejected the mediation idea. Perhaps Manfred’s statement means a new proposal from the owners is forthcoming this weekend. Maybe.
Otherwise, if this thing drags on another month, it will be “disastrous.”