First two series of Cleveland Guardians season officially canceled
With no CBA in tow, Major League Baseball has moved to cancel the first two series of the season.
With no new collective bargaining agreement to speak of between the owners and the players, Major League Baseball has moved to cancel the first two series of the season, which is a total loss of 91 games across the league.
In other words, things are getting pretty darn bleak for the game of baseball.
What Does This Mean for the Cleveland Guardians?
For the Cleveland Guardians, this means fans won’t be getting a look at the new-look team on March 31 at Progressive Field as originally planned. And as of right now, there’s no telling when that might happen really.
The cancellation wipes out that opening series at home against the Kansas City Royals, along with the next series against the Minnesota Twins, which also would have been at home. Right now, the earliest the 2022 season will start is Friday, April 8 on the road against the Royals. But based on the state of negotiations right now, there’s an incredibly slim chance that actually happens.
As for spring training, that has been pushed back to at least March 12, but again, don’t start betting your life savings on that actually happening.
There’s a good chance the first month of the season gets completely wiped out at this point, which might have been the goal all along, depending on who you ask.
How Did We Get Here?
It doesn’t come as a surprise that things have come to this point, considering how far apart the owners and players still are in terms of a deal. Major League Baseball self-imposed a 5 p.m. deadline for a deal yesterday and implemented a PR campaign the night before to make it seem like something was close when that was never really the case.
The only thing MLB’s owners really care about at this point is controlling the narrative, and by all accounts, they appear intent on trying to simply break the players’ union with no regard for what it might do to the 2022 season. They have never had the intention of negotiating in good faith. After all, these are billionaires we’re talking about, trying to squeeze the players who won’t be getting paid for any games lost.
To the union’s credit, the players have remained united against the owners and their shameful inability to pay players what they’re worth while trying to distort the real situation through the media.
Sad, typical owner stuff, as you might have guessed.
Hopefully this proves to be horribly wrong, but it just doesn’t feel now like we’ll be getting Cleveland Guardians baseball anytime soon.