Neither The Owners Nor The Players Are In A Hurry To Get A New Collective Bargaining Agreement

The pressure needed to get a deal done is not there yet.

The collective bargaining talks between the Major League Baseball owners and the Major League Baseball Players Association are moving along at a snail’s pace, after all there is no urgency at the moment. The start of spring training is still weeks away and no one is losing money as of yet. When getting a new agreement becomes urgent and for the start of spring training that would be the first week of February and for the start of the regular season, that would be at the end of February, there will be some urgency. People will start losing money if spring training is locked out, the owners pick up what amounts to small change during that time and for the players, that would be the start of the regular season. But some time is needed for the players to get ready for the season so the players probably would want a deal done by the end of February.

There is a third party that is not at the negotiating table but has a significant stake in the outcome of the talks. All of the municipalities that host spring training baseball. Communities in Florida and Arizona as well as state officials have sunk billions of dollars into building spring training complexes for the 30 teams. Cities and states, Florida and Arizona compete for teams and yet you hear nothing, no pressure at all on both sides from people who put up public money to build stadiums and related spring training needs for the franchises. The spring training backers like to point out how much money baseball teams bring to a community. With the loss of tourism money, you would think the politicians and business leaders in Arizona and Florida would be  applying a great deal of pressure on both sides but they are mute when they should be screaming.

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FILE – In this Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020 file photo, Detroit Tigers pitcher Casey Mize throws to a Minnesota Twins batter during the first inning of a baseball game in Minneapolis. AJ Hinch’s success as Detroit’s manager may ultimately hinge on the performance of a few highly regarded prospects. Detroit has five of the game’s top 25 prospects, according to MLB Pipeline. Right-hander Casey Mize, the top pick in the 2018 draft, made his big league debut last year and went 0-3 with a 6.99 ERA in seven starts.(AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)