THE POSTURES Radical players and team owners caused what was feared. Negotiations to reach an agreement on the new collective bargaining agreement in Major League Baseball failed after a 90-day strike. This Tuesday, which was set as the deadline by the MLB commissioner, Rob Manfred, to start the campaign on March 31. Everything was up in the air. Tony Clark, leader of the Players Union, rejected Manfred’s latest proposals. None convinced in terms of salaries to rookies, benefits and job improvements. At least the first two series have been canceled, forcing the calendar to be cut from 162 games to 156. In three years, there are two reductions. The last one, in 2020, from 162 to 60 meetings due to the pandemic.
THE TALKS they will continue in the following days, but nothing guarantees that there will be a prompt solution to the demands of the players. Now the threat grows, until the season is canceled, as a result of the protagonists’ greed for money. There is talk of an industry that generates up to 10 billion dollars per year. And even the players themselves will be affected by this financial battle. Rob Manfred was very clear. The days that the campaign is stopped, the players will not be paid. Players with million-dollar contracts, such as Max Sherzer and Gerrit Cole, will no longer receive $233,000 and $193,000 per day lost. Nobody benefits from this situation, and fans have already expressed their disgust at the inability of the warring parties to resolve this conflict.
THE UNION “He wants fair compensation to players, to promote competition, to defend our market system and for no one to interfere in breaking up the fraternity of baseball assets.” Meanwhile, bats, balls and gloves will continue in warehouses, with no tentative date to return to training camps. The lockout continues. Strong criticism from players against Manfred has also been felt, such as Marcus Strome, who public: “Manfred out.” For his part, the representative of the 30 Major League teams only said: “I am disappointed in this situation. I understand the annoyance of the fans, but we have no understanding with the union”.
OF OTHER THINGS, It was announced that Liga Culiacán AC will host the traditional baseball districts for children’s and youth leagues. This event will be from the 4th to the 13th of this month and will have a special dedication for Leonardo Cuevas, a legend of the little league movement in region three. Cuevas, former leader of Culiacán AC and Region Three, is also a national advisor. The inauguration is on Sunday 6 at 9:00.
HECTOR LOAIZA He is in charge of the organization in his capacity as president of this circuit, with the support of the leaders of the leagues that make up region three. By the way, the Navolato League will have its debut, under the tutelage of Sergio Plata. The champions of this tie will earn tickets to the summer national championships. Colhuacan League will be sub-headquarters. The participating teams are from the Humaya, 3 Ríos, Colhuacan, Resources and AC Leagues. About half a thousand baseball players from 8 divisions will be in this fraternal battle, which is national pride. Do not forget that the majority of professional baseball players in Mexico and in the Major Leagues have emerged from this movement.
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