Major League Baseball has officially canceled another week of Spring Training, two sides set to meet tomorrow in New York
Major League Baseball has officially entered its fourth month of full lockout. Announced yesterday, another week of Spring Training has officially been canceled.
Previous cancellations set Spring Training’s start date to March 11th. With the lockout still implemented, the league has officially pushed that start date back another week. Now, Spring Training games will not officially start till March 18th.
Major League Baseball has demanded a four-week Spring Training minimum, to prevent injuries to players. Although games will not start on time, the leaders of each team still want their players to have a *somewhat* normal pre-season, which means giving each player time to adapt back to their normal reality.
With a four-week Spring Training, regular-season games will not start till April 8th, at the earliest. Two series have already been canceled, as league commissioner, Rob Manfred stated in his joke of an interview on Tuesday. It now seems like more cancellations are on the way in the very near future.
The commissioner wanted people to understand that these missed games would not be getting postponed but instead canceled. The first two series of the year will not be rescheduled. The Phillies were set to start off their season on the road for five games, against the Astros and Nationals.
With the new update, the tentative “Opening Day” for the Phillies would be at Citizens Bank Park, April 8th, vs the Oakland Athletics. With the two sides set to meet tomorrow in New York City, we’ll have to wait and see what the verdict is.
Don’t have hope for tomorrow’s meeting. If there’s one thing we’ve learned over the last 95 days, it’s that the owners of Major League Baseball are an utter embarrassment to the sport we all love.
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