Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred informed clubs Monday that they should prepare for spring training to start on time in February and plan to play a full 162-game season, said three people with direct knowledge of the conference. by phone to USA Today Sports.
Major League Baseball hoped to delay the season by at least a month to allow more time for players and fans to receive COVID-19 vaccines. But the Baseball Players Association fought it vigorously.
MLB does not have the legal right to unilaterally delay the start of the season without approval from the union, which made it clear that it will not accept anything less than 100% of the pay.
The 2020 season was limited to just 60 games and players received just 37% of their salaries, Manfred said teams lost $ 3 billion.
It is unknown when fans will be allowed to attend the games, but neither team has begun selling tickets for spring training, which begins February 17 in Arizona and Florida, and opening day on April 1.