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Spring Training Is Postponed—Again

As of today, spring training could begin on Saturday, March 12, at the earliest.

By Samantha Lane March 3, 2022

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Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association have yet to come to an agreement in their ongoing dispute over the sport's collective bargaining agreement, which has already led to the cancellation of regular season games and another delay to the start of spring training.

Spring training was originally set to begin on Feb. 26, but that date has now been pushed back twice, a delay that affects teams that play in Sarasota and Manatee counties: the Baltimore Orioles, Pittsburgh Pirates and Atlanta Braves. As of today, spring training could begin on Saturday, March 12, at the earliest.

The league's regular season was scheduled to begin at the end of the month, but early games have already been cancelled. As of today, the earliest the season could start would be Thursday, April 7.

The two sides in the dispute have argued over players salaries, revenue sharing and more. This year marks the first time since 1995 that games have been cancelled because of a labor dispute.

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