Major League Baseball will not start on March 31. The players have rejected the latest proposal on the cut-off time and After there is no agreement with the owners of the teams, the MLB will not start as planned.
After attempts were made to prolong negotiations until 5 pm ET to try to seal the deal, the mission fell through. Now the date for the 2022 campaign to start is uncertain.
According to reports from Jeff Passan,The latest offer for the MLBPA was to increase the minimum wage to $700,000. In addition to that there would be no changes in the Competitive Balance Tax (CBT) and the increase to the pre-arbitration bonus fund to $30 million. However, the players considered the offer insufficient.
The MLB Opening Day will be delayed and now the Major League season will live a year with fewer games. It will also be the first time that the start of baseball in the United States has been paused due to a work stoppage in 27 years and experts point out that the gaps are still considerable.
The players after having declined the offer chose to leave Florida. Commissioner Rob Manfred had been involved in the negotiations since Friday, where he was trying to help avoid shortening the campaign.
On the other hand, the last break that was taken in the Major Leagues occurred from 1994 to 1995. On that occasion the strike lasted up to 232 days and the ’94 World Series failed to take place.