MLB Officially Cancels Regular Season Games
Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred announced on Monday that Opening Day is officially canceled. Along with losing out on opening day, the entire first week of games have also been canceled.
It’s important to note that Manfred did not say that these games have been postponed as the owners and the league has no intention of making these games up. There was always a threat of this taking place, but it felt like cooler heads would eventually prevail.
The league and its owners made “the best final offer” to the players on Monday afternoon, and the players unanimously voted against it. The full details of that offer will be leaked in the coming days, but all you really need to know is that the two sides remain far apart.
Money is obviously at the heart of this discussion and the league continues to claim that it suffered huge losses during the COVID-19 pandemic. The players aren’t buying into that narrative, and the MLBPA is hoping to make sweeping changes with the new CBA.
This obviously has a big impact on the Cubs, and baseball won’t be played until early April at least. Spring Training has been pushed back as well, and the players still can’t train at the team facilities.
These negotiations can be summed up with just one word: “messy.”
What Happens Now?
Commissioner Manfred made it clear that the two sides would not meet again until Thursday, but don’t expect to see a major change in just three days. This could actually get even uglier over the next few weeks as the MLBPA doesn’t believe that the league can just cancel games without pay.
The owners, and commissioner Manfred himself, simply have no grasp on reality at this point in time. Those billionaires don’t see how badly they are ruining the game, and don’t expect them to change their way of thinking soon.
We are still a long ways away from the entire season being canceled, but we are starting to head in that direction for sure.
Minor League Baseball Still in Action
Losing Major League Baseball games is never a good thing, but it might not matter as much to fans of the Cubs. There is a silver lining in what has transpired over the past few weeks and that is the fact that Minor League teams are still able to play.
Let’s face it, following the Iowa Cubs was probably going to be more enjoyable than following the team in Chicago anyways. This team is still a few years away from being a title contender again, but there are some pieces coming.
Hopefully the Marquee Network will show as many minor league games as possible, and you will still find plenty of enjoyment and excitement from watching those teams play.
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