Monday is the deadline that Major League Baseball owners imposed for both the League and the Players’ Union to reach an agreement on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement.
As we don’t know the state of baseball Monday morning, let’s take a look at what spring training games have already been canceled. The Houston Astros had 30 scheduled games in Florida with two games in Houston and Sugar Land against the Space Cowboys.
With the start of spring training already postponed, how many games have the Astros lost?
In ordinance with commissioner Rob Manfred, all spring training games until March 6 would be canceled due to the ongoing talks of a new CBA. That includes 10 games removed from the schedule, roughly 33 percent of spring training in Florida.
"“If you purchased 2022 Spring Training games directly from the Astros, Nationals or The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches for these impacted games, you will be receiving an automatic refund to your original method of payment,” the Astros announced via their website.“Please allow up to four weeks for refunds to be processed. Fans also have the option of receiving an account credit to be used for a future 2022 or 2023 Spring Training game.”"
With pitchers and catchers requiring up to two weeks of preparation prior to the start of spring training, the start of spring baseball could be altered. If MLB adds extra spring training games, then the start of the regular season could be in more jeopardy of starting on time.
Evan Drellich of The Athletic reported that MLB and the MLBPA will meet again Monday.
"“There was some sense of productivity today, but the gap on key issues remains large,” Drellich reported via Twitter. “Tomorrow on deadline day, they’re meeting earlier in the day than they had yet. Notable: no one suggested Sunday brought significant momentum, or a breakthrough. So, temper the urge to be excited.”"