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I was pessimistic about spring training and perhaps the season that started on time. It’s been my zeal since the lockout started, although while people who knew me said there was plenty of time to reach an agreement and no game was lost, both sides acknowledged how disastrous it would be. Translation: Both sides start losing money.

My sAcesparksess is based on the last time MLB and the players reached an agreement to return to the game. This was during the first wave of COVID-19 in 2020 and after the sport closed in March.

The parties never had a reason to work together. They had a common enemy – the virus that is sweeping our planet – to connect and fight it. They had the ability to return to the field before other sports, which promised a strong spectator to everyone trapped in their homes. But it would also be commendable to show the country that there are ways to return to working with protocols. They could have started it on time on the July 4 holiday, which would have allowed Americans to wrap their entertainment around the flag.

But despite all the motivations to find a common language (and a common interest for the game), the insecurities and dislikes were very thick. July 4 was missed and the deal was made in 2020 on the condition that he would not play the season at all. Forgive me if I don’t see the dome moment starting soon. MLB came out with a contract offer on Thursday, which disappointed the players.

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The MLB and players ’union must complete the block by February to begin spring training and the season on time.

The optimist says neither side will present its best proposals until the deadline, and there will be a lot of rhetoric so far. But the dead date is in front of the viewer (I think Casey Stengel was the first to say that). The spring training camp is scheduled to open on February 16, the first spring games on February 26, and the main games of the season on March 31.

What the management and players agree on is that the 23-day Urgent II Spring Training in July 2020 is too short, especially to prepare the hands of the pitchers. Let’s say March 1 – which allows for a month of spring training – is too close to it if the camps don’t have to open. But the parties can agree on February 28, and that doesn’t mean everyone will show up the next day. This will take at least a week. That’s about Feb. 22, which will require at least the opening of the season to be held on a set date and an account to play a full 162 games.

Now think about what the industry will face even after the deal. Every organization is working to fix problems that can be solved during a block. So, for example, dismissing and hiring all the staff in the system, focusing on the international signing date last Saturday, spending more resources to prepare the project, and discussing when there is too much? work on analytical and research projects. the other continues.

However, once the block is over – and it ends at some point, because not everyone involved in the game wants to go on to sell plumbing fixtures – consider what happens during the squeeze period at the same time. By itself, none of this is surprising. But there will be Bulls-type rage on several fronts:

1. Do you remember how similar the NFL and NBA free agency MLB free agency was in the days leading up to the block on December 2, as players and teams tried to overcome the deadline? Wait for part 2. There are still more than 300 free agents. If the traditional numbers remain, you can expect another 60 major league deals and 125 or more minor league deals.

Historically, owners will tend to spend with the cost accuracy that comes from a new collective bargaining agreement, and no one should be surprised that another $ 1 billion has been allocated as major market forces like the Yankees, Dodgers, Phillies and Red. Sox has done very little this season and expects others not to spend yet – beware of the Blue Jays.

Of course, the longer you stay without a CBA, the less money you can spend. One agent speculated that MLB could transfer the money in April as it struggles to cover those losses by selling tickets, accepting losses and spending less on the rest of the free agency.

When it comes down to it, a hard window will need a lot of signatures. For example, you can imagine Freddie Freeman’s representatives quickly asking the brave to show their best offers, and if they don’t offer for at least six years (or more), Freeman will actually see clubs like the Yankees, Dodgers and Blue Jays. tries to get out of the rib. more serious. We are still facing a period of several major signatures per day.

2. There are still about 200 players with refereeing rights. A date must be set for players to sign or for teams and players to exchange arbitration numbers. At the end of the last case, in 1995, hearings were held throughout the season. At that time, the internet was not the internet. Imagine, say, that Edwin Diaz held a teleconference hearing on the afternoon of May 7, in which the Mets took him down to explain his case and asked him to close the game that evening. I think having the internet like it does now makes it even more inconvenient.

3. Teams were unable to communicate with players recovering from injuries. Thus, when an agreement is reached, each organization should think about where each rehabilitator is in the process. Imagine, Braves Jr. Ronald Acuna is unable to monitor, monitor, and control his rehabilitation to repair a torn ACL after surgery. As one agent told me, executives have become big fans of social media training clips of rehabilitated players as they have an idea of ​​what rehabilitation looks like.

4. Spring training is traditionally a time when teams try to develop extensions with players who have yet to reach arbitration or a free agency. Is it possible to reduce this to the rage of another job and possibly a shorter version of a spring workout?

Ronald Acuna is small.
Little Ronald Acuna is one of many players recovering from an injury that teams couldn’t check.

5. The parties still have to decide whether there will be a draft Rule 5 this year (usually it will take place at winter meetings cleared due to the blockade).

6. Foreign players must obtain a visa. Organizations were strongly aware of the arrival of the lockout, and so many (if not all) worked to file a petition in November – plus many players with the right to choose to avoid problems. They stayed in the United States. However, those outside the U.S. must attend their consular meetings to obtain a visa. COVID-19 makes the process more time consuming and complicated, with different regulations in different countries. Expect logistics headaches and possibly delaying multiple players.

Also, MLB still has to figure out what will be allowed for Blue Jays games in Canada this year.

7. Finally, all of these contain COVID-19. Teams gained more experience in setting up what was needed and familiarizing players more with the following protocols. Again, it takes time to set up and any reception protocols to join the camp. There may be players with COVID-19 who need to be quarantined, which further limits spring training for them and complicates overall preparation. What if several teams in the NFL, NBA, and NHL endured what we saw, and several club players took it at the same time? Especially if the spring training is shortened, it will be difficult to properly prepare for the season.

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