Major League Baseball is now in a lockout. The league locked out its players for the first time since 1990 after both sides couldn't agree to a new Collective Bargaining Agreement. This is the first lockout in over 30 years and the first work stoppage since the player's strike in 1994-95.
"We believe that an offseason lockout is the best mechanism to protect the 2022 season," MLB commissioner Rob Manfred wrote in a letter to the fans. "We hope that the lockout will jumpstart the negotiations and get us to an agreement that will allow the season to start on time. This defensive lockout was necessary because the Players Association's vision for Major League Baseball would threaten the ability of most teams to be competitive. It's simply not a viable option. From the beginning, the MLBPA has been unwilling to move from their starting position, compromise, or collaborate on solutions."
The lockout now means teams can't make roster transactions such as releasing, signing and trading players. And if it lasts into March, the start of the 2022 season could be in jeopardy. Here's a look at fans reacting to the news.
Removing from Website
Good morning and welcome to the MLB lockout.
MLB-dot-com has taken down all of its stories about players and removed the mugshots from roster lists.
If you thought the Pirates' roster was anonymous before, well now it's ... pic.twitter.com/vzovOZ5KtY— RobBiertempfel (@RobBiertempfel) December 2, 2021
Another person replied: "What is the point of all that. Negotiate in good faith. Don't take you bat and ball and go home."prevnext
No Missed Games
It’s officially lockout season for the MLB, hoping we don’t miss any games this spring because of this pic.twitter.com/aHiH7MzfoW— The Sportsletter (@TheSportsletter) December 2, 2021
Katie Woo of The Athletic wrote: "Lockout strangeness has already begun. The MLB dot com site has been completely wiped out of any references to current players. This includes photos. Teams are also not permitted to use current player names in advertisements for ticket sales, merchandise, etc."prevnext
Time to Scout
Are MLB scouts allowed to recruit seven year olds during the lockout?
(via thegreatphrambino / IG) pic.twitter.com/vT5WTBIJRH— Jomboy Media (@JomboyMedia) December 2, 2021
Podcaster and blogger Kenny King Jr. wrote: "MLB lockout?!?! NFL take notes, time to force out Goodell."prevnext
All Season Long?
Hopefully the MLB lockout lasts all season. If I as a Reds fan am unable to ever enjoy baseball again, I hope the same applies to everyone else.— Jon (@JWag85) December 2, 2021
Another Reds fan replied: "I don't know about this one. I'm a die-hard reds fan, but an even bigger baseball fan. What do I do when I can't watch the reds? I watch whatever game is available."prevnext
The Braves' Fault?
'One person wrote: "I'll never understand how MLB loses fans to baseball for dispute in bargaining & fall into lockout but they keep electing the same goddamn asshats in Washington that have lockouts every day."prevnext
Time to Call
30 years ago: @sportingnews provides fans with a 1-900 number (99 cents a minute) to speak their views on the 1990 MLB Lockout. Best calls are printed, including the guy outraged he’s paying $4 for parking at Phillies games. pic.twitter.com/tVhnXC5Aq9— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) March 3, 2020
And this person wrote: "I like the guy who complains about how much the players are getting paid but says he's with the owners, who are likely getting paid exorbitant amounts as well. And for what?"prev