Major League Baseball and the Players Association failing to come to terms on a new collective bargaining agreement has resulted in the ninth work stoppage in the sport’s history and fourth lockout.
MLB commissioner Rob Manfred shared an open later to fans at the beginning of the lockout, which he referred to as “defensive” and “necessary.” His writing was predictably met by pushback from MLBPA executive director Tony Clark.
Several teams have posted messages to fans as well, with the Los Angeles Dodgers among them and taking inspiration from late Hall of Fame manager Tommy Lasorda.
“As Tommy Lasorda often said, you are the greatest fans in the world, and we are very grateful for the loyalty and support that you have shown the Dodgers and our beloved game of baseball throughout the years,” the team wrote.
“We hope that you and your loved ones are enjoying the holiday season, and we wish you the best for the coming New Year. Next season promises to be a memorable one, especially with the 2022 Major League Baseball All-Star Game being played at Dodger Stadium in July.
“Last night, the collective bargaining agreement between the MLB and Players Association expired. Despite MLB’s best efforts to negotiate a new agreement, a new agreement has not yet been reached. As a result, MLB has initiated a lockout of the Major League players. This measure will keep the parties at the bargaining table and help accelerate negotiations toward a new deal. As noted by Commissioner Manfred in his letter to the fans, the lockout is the best mechanism by which to protect the 2022 season.
“We are hopeful that MLB and the players will reach an agreement soon which will strengthen and protect our national pastime and enable us to get back to work on building a championship team and winning another World Series championship.
“Thank you, again, for your support, and best wishes for the holidays.”
Dodgers active before lockout
L.A.’s first move in free agency was signing Andrew Heaney to a one-year contract, and as time was dwindling down over the past few days, they then reunited with Daniel Hudson and re-signed Chris Taylor.
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