Major League Baseball has been in a lockout for over a month. For many fans, it feels like a lot longer. The last time the owners and the players’ union met, the exchange reportedly lasted all of seven minutes before parties stormed out. On December 2, 2021, the collective bargaining agreement ended and the players were locked out. Earlier this week, Jeff Passan of ESPN reported that MLB owners and the players’ union would be meeting on Thursday.
Among other things, the owners and players’ union must come to agreements on an economic package that will affect players’ salaries on the Major and Minor League levels. Last season, much awareness was raised as to the level of poverty many minor league players find themselves living in. Hopefully that will change with this new proposal.
Another topic of discussion in these talks will be the addition of the designated hitter to the National League. The American League adopted the DH back in 1973. Now, 49 years later, it appears likely that it will be adopted by the National League as well.
What Christian Yelich Had to Say
After Jeff Passan tweeted that the two sides would be meeting this week, Christian Yelich tweeted out a message that speaks for all fans:
“Figure it out!” Clearly, Christian Yelich is ready to come back to baseball. One would have assume that most other players are, too. Obviously, many players have a great deal of money riding on playing this year. However, it goes beyond that.
The COVID-19 pandemic is still real and is still changing the way people live their lives. We, the fans, already lost one season of watching baseball in person. It would be shame if we lost another one because a bunch of billionaires and millionaires could not work something out.