Major League Baseball lockout begins

Major League Baseball has entered a lockout for the first time in 26 years.

The move comes after MLB owners and the Players Association failed to reach a collective bargaining agreement before Wednesday night’s deadline.

As a result, MLB locked out its players immediately at midnight, triggering the league’s first work stoppage since 1994.

In an early morning letter to fans, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said “an off-season lockout is the best mechanism to protect the 2022 season. We hope that the lockout will jumpstart the negotiations and get us to an agreement that will allow the season to start on time.”

Manfred also held a press conference today in Texas to talk about the lockout. “It’s not a good thing for the sport. it’s not something that we undertake lightly. We understand it’s bad for our business. We took it out of a desire to drive the process forward to an agreement now.”

During a lockout, team officials and players cannot communicate in any way. It also means there is a freeze on all trades and free agent signings involving 40-man roster players.

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