CLEARWATER, Fla. (WFLA) — Major League Baseball’s lockdown has lasted since Dec. 2, 2021, marking nearly 80 days of the dispute dragging on. This week, he has now officially postponed spring training, as pitchers and catchers were scheduled to have their first practices on Wednesday.
While Major League players on the 40-player roster cannot attend spring training during the lockdown, several team training sites are open to their Minor League players, including the Phillies from Philadelphia to Clearwater. Their hopefuls took to the field Wednesday morning, in front of a handful of baseball fans, disappointed that the lockout was still in effect.
“People who have jobs that depend on it, they’re really hurting,” said Phillies fan Mark Blackwell, a fan at spring training. “It’s just millionaires versus billionaires. It gets a bit tiring, I think, for the average person.
The upside though is that there is baseball being played. Die-hard baseball fans are seeing minor league players in action right now, which is an aspect of spring training that many appreciate.
“I love seeing young kids and how they develop and hopefully they can catch up within two to four years,” said baseball fan John Bell. “It’s a shame that a sport is so dependent on money, compared to good and bad and what you should do for the sport.”
As for the Rays, there’s no activity at Charlotte Sports Park right now in Port Charlotte, but they were supposed to have full team practices on the horizon on Monday, and we’re only now. 43 days away from their scheduled regular season. opening on March 31.