IRVING, Texas (AP) – Major League Baseball appeared to be heading for its first work stoppage in 26 years after a pair of brief bargaining sessions on Tuesday resulted in little to no progress.
The sport’s five-year collective agreement expires at 11:59 p.m. EST Wednesday, and management is expected to follow with a Major League Baseball Players Association lockout.
MLB executive vice president Dan Halem and Bruce Meyer, senior director of collective bargaining and union legal affairs, led the talks which took place at the site of the union’s annual board meeting. . Seven owners were also on hand for two sessions at the hotel, leaving the first to visit their home after receiving a proposal from the union. Dozens of players were also present.
At one point in the afternoon, Halem and Meyer took a break for a smaller meeting which included free agent pitcher Andrew Miller, a member of the union’s executive subcommittee, and Dick Monfort, the CEO of the Rockies. of Colorado who chairs the MLB Labor Policy Committee.
Players and owners met as a group for just over half an hour later on Tuesday.
Major League Baseball has not had a work stoppage since 1994-95. More than $ 1 billion in contracts have been signed in recent days as players and teams try to strike deals ahead of a possible sign freeze that could accompany a lockout.
AP Baseball Writer Ronald Blum contributed to this report.
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