MLB: Owners and commissioner would ‘give in’ to the MLBPA to start the season on time

Apparently after the commissioner’s press conference from MLB Rob Manfred this Thursday morning, the tensions between the owners and the players along with their union, the MLBPA has softened a bit towards the agreed negotiations for Saturday, with the officialization of the universal designated hitter and the elimination of compensation draft for teams that don’t sign their players with qualifying offers.

According to sources they have indicated to Jon Heyman of MLB Network, the owners would have softened their position in the face of the urgency of reaching an agreement with the players after Manfred’s promise that neither Spring Training nor the regular season “would be delayed”, making various concessions to the MLBPA in the hope of reaching a compromise soon.

The next meeting scheduled for Saturday comes after the owners and MLB did not make a counter offer to the MLBPA’s requests and even requested the participation of the United States Federal Government through a conciliator to mediate in the negotiations, which the players denied due to MLB’s refusal to sit down to negotiate with them since the work stoppage was consummated.

Spring Training originally has its official start scheduled for February 14, the date on which catchers and pitchers would report, while the flag of the new regular season would have its Opening Day on March 31, in case everything works out good.

Gabriel Delgado

I started as a rookie at Al Bat in early 2018 and am in my third season covering Major League Baseball as a web reporter. I’m a fan of the San Francisco Giants, number one defender of Barry Bonds, and hater of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Fernando Tatis Jr., Juan Soto and Ronald Acuña are the future of baseball, Mike Trout is overrated, and the Astros deserved to have the World Series taken from them for their cheating. Besides baseball, I also enjoy football, flag football, basketball, and just about any other game that involves a ball or ball. I’m also an amateur musician, a penniless gamer and very nerdy. Graduated in journalism from the University of Guadalajara, I graduated in 2017. Born in the world capital of shrimp, Escuinapa, Sinaloa. I lived for a while in Australia; I survived giant spiders, tasmanian devils and fought a kangaroo and didn’t die trying.

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MLB: Owners and commissioner would ‘give in’ to the MLBPA to start the season on time