Let’s Play Ball!

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Due to a work lockout, Major League Baseball was forced to push back its 2022 season. On December 2nd, the MLB’s collective bargaining agreement expired and the lockout began. Fans across the country were disappointed with this news including, Junior Marlie Crivello who said, “I was super bummed out to hear the season was pushed back, because I like watching games with my family.” Before the postponement of the season, the MLB had hoped to begin spring training on February 18th, but as February turned to March with no noticeable strides forward, frustrations continued to rise. Commissioner of MLB, Rob Manfred imposed the lockout after weeks of not being able to come to a new collective bargaining agreement with the MLB’s Players Association. The contract discusses work hours, wages, etc. to make sure that all parties are happy with the outcome. Because creating a CBA requires long time negotiations, once it expires a lot of things come to a halt, in the worst case scenario players can strike on the basis that their needs are not being met. When asked about the postponement, Junior Jaret Swerdlow said, “I rarely watch baseball, more of a player, but I was highly expecting the season this year.”

I was super bummed out to hear the season was pushed back, because I like watching games with my family.”

— Marlie Crivello, junior

This was the second longest work stoppage in the league but both parties worked hard to start up the season as soon as possible. On March 10th, an agreement was met. The MLB Instagram posted an image that stated the MLB and the MLBPA have agreed to terms. Fans across America are excited because, after 99 days of doubt, the season will be played in full.