Baseball says no-go for Opening Day as lockout continues

The ongoing Major League Baseball lockout continued Tuesday after an extended negotiating session collapsed without a deal with the Players Union. Commissioner Rob Manfred subsequently canceled the first two series of the regular season.



March 2, 2022 - 10:01 AM

Major League Baseball stadiums will remain shuttered on what would have been Opening Day March 31. Photo by

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Major League Baseball’s financial fight cost regular-season games for the first time in 27 years when often acrimonious talks to end a management lockout collapsed Tuesday and Commissioner Rob Manfred scrapped March 31 openers.

With owners and players unable to agree on a contract to replace the collective bargaining agreement that expired Dec. 1, Manfred canceled the first two series for each of the 30 teams, cutting each club’s schedule from 162 games to likely 156 at most. A total of 91 games were erased.

“We exhausted every possibility of reaching an agreement before the cancellation of games,” Manfred said during a news conference in the left-field corner of Roger Dean Stadium as fans outside the spring training home of the Miami Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals chanted: “We want baseball!”

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