Max Scherzer he won’t start preseason practices this Wednesday at the Mets’ warm camp in Port St. Lucie, Florida. Either marcus stroman he’ll be brushing off rust among the cacti at the Cubs’ complex in Mesa, Arizona. The bats will not resound when hitting the balls, nor the balls when hitting the gloves.
There will also be no free agents donning their new team’s uniform for the first time.. Not veterans who hug their teammates after months of not seeing them.
It will be impossible to see the children leaning against the barbed wire, waiting to hunt down an autograph. In fact, there isn’t even a single hint that anyone is preparing for a season opening that might not arrive on the scheduled date of March 31.
After all, there was not even a negotiating session on the day.
Neither side has issued public statements so far this week to acknowledge the obvious.: Preseason won’t start on time. The last time this had happened was in 1995.
The employer strike will be 77 days old on Wednesdayand both the players and the managers maintain their differences on how to share the money in an industry that generates 10,000 million dollars a year.
So instead of debating clean runs and RBIs, in the Major League Baseball is now talking about the tax for competitive balance and the average annual value.
Pitchers and catchers will not report to camp as scheduledbut Major League Baseball does not plan to announce an impact in the preseason until the games on February 26 can not be played.