MLB commissioner Rob Manfred has made official what we all feared: he canceled the first two series of the 2022 season.
He did this in the absence of a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA), as they don’t want to lift the current lockout without one.
Unfortunately, those six or seven games, depending on the team, probably won’t be the only ones to be dropped from the schedule.
As the days go by without an ABC deal, more games are in jeopardy as players would need at least two weeks of spring training.
MLB certainly isn’t helping improve its public image by negotiating the way it did ahead of Tuesday’s deadline.
Unfortunately for the fans, this isn’t the first time they have had to lose games and it probably won’t be the last.
We’ve lost hundreds of games throughout history
Codify Baseball reviewed what we’ve lost so far in labor disputes.
“WHAT WE HAVE LOST: 1972 strike -> 86 games. ’73 lockout -> 0 games. ’76 lockout -> 0 games. ’80 strike -> 0 games. Strike of 81 -> 713 matches. 1985 strike -> 0 matches. ’90 lockout -> 0 games. Strike from 1994 to 1995 -> 938 games and playoffs. ’22 lockout -> 75+ games,’ was the tweet.
WHAT WE HAVE LOST
1972 strike -> 86 games
’73 lockout -> 0 games
’76 lockout -> 0 games
’80 strike -> 0 games
Strike of 81 -> 713 games
’85 strike -> 0 games
’90 lockout -> 0 games
Strike ’94-’95 -> 938 games and playoffs
’22 lockout -> 75 games and more
— Codify (@CodifyBaseball) March 1, 2022
It’s painful for fans, and that’s not even including the hundreds of games lost in 2020 with disagreements over the pandemic season.
To clarify, a lockout is initiated by the owners and a strike is initiated by the players.
This one is a lockout, and the owners could easily lift it and we would be playing baseball right now.
They won’t, however, not without a CBA.
When it comes to missing regular season games for labor disputes, MLB isn’t helping its own image.
In the end, those who lose the most are the players and the supporters.