BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — For the first time since the strike of 1994, a labor dispute within Major League Baseball has led to the cancellation of a multitude of games.
After 13 negotiation sessions between owners and the MLB Player's Association, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred announced Tuesday evening that the first two series of the 2022 season are canceled. The two sides were unable to reach a lockout deal, and the cancellations from that have brought the regular season games count down to 156 games at most, out of 162 previously scheduled.
The Boston Red Sox's opening day home game against the Tampa Bay Rays on March 31 has been cancelled as a result of the lockout.
According to a study by the Associated Press, players would lose $20.5 million in salary for each day of the season that is canceled.
Owners had put forward their final offer but players voted to reject it, the proposal would have been $25,000 apart on minimum salary and millions of dollars away on luxury tax thresholds.