MLB and the MLBPA were unable to reach an agreement on Tuesday and now the Atlanta Braves and other teams are having games canceled.
It was a sad day for Major League Baseball and its fans on Tuesday as the owners and players could not come to terms on a new collective bargaining agreement. As a result, games have been canceled and we’ll have to wait a little longer to see the return of the 2021 World Series champion Atlanta Braves.
The owners had set a deadline to get a deal done without canceling games for February 28, but as two sides worked late into the night on Monday it appeared a deal was close so they extended the deadline to 5 p.m. ET on Tuesday.
But as the day unfolded on Tuesday it became apparent the two sides were still very far apart and the start of the season was in jeopardy.
Rob Manfred Announces Cancelation of First Two Series
After the owners made one final offer before the deadline that was quickly rejected by the players, commissioner Rob Manfred addressed the media to announce they would be canceling the first two series of the regular season.
What the owners have been saying all along is they won’t change the schedule, but once a deal is completed they’ll pick up with where the scheduled in place is and that players won’t be paid for canceled games.
That means the Braves are set to miss four games with the Miami Marlins and two games with the New York Mets.
Their first game right now would actually be a home game on March 7 against the Cincinnati Reds.
The owners and players will take a break after negotiating for 10 straight days and hopefully will pick up talks again later this week.
I would imagine the longer this goes on we’ll continue to see games canceled. We’ll have another detailed article on the site going over the specifics of where the two sides disagree.