MLB lockdown news: Details of MLB’s latest proposal to players’ union as talks resume Wednesday

MESA, Ariz. — Absolutely furious with his pitch in the dirt, Liam Hendriks yelled at himself. There may be no CBA resolution and no immediate plans for a regular season. But the fiery intensity of Hendriks was in regular season form.

” I do not do it. I don’t do that in the regular season, it doesn’t matter,” Hendriks said of possibly being limited with the uncertainty over the start date of the season. “Everything I do, I do to train as hard as possible.”

The White Sox closest spoke to reporters after completing a bullpen at the Bell Bank Park facility on Tuesday afternoon. The Major League Baseball Players Association has secured fields in Arizona, while major league facilities are populated with minor league players and locked down for everyone on the 40-player roster.

Among the attendees on Tuesday were Hendriks and Dodgers relievers Blake Treinen and Brusdar Graterol. Also in attendance was Mariners slugger Mitch Haniger. So did Giants outfielder Austin Slater and Cubs first baseman Patrick Wisdom, among several others.

Among the notable attendees was Dodgers starting pitcher Trevor Bauer, who entered with a camera to document his appearance.

Bauer declined to speak to reporters. He had been on paid administrative leave since last July following allegations of sexual assault. The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said in February it would not press charges against Bauer. Still, his place on the Dodgers and in the game remains a question mark.

The day took place against a background of very substantial negotiations between the players’ association and the MLB. AthleticismEvan Drellich and Ken Rosenthal reported Monday that Tuesday was a new deadline — imposed by the league — to complete a deal that would salvage a full 162-game season. If an agreement is not reached, a second week of games should be canceled.

“It feels like a recurring storyline,” Slater said. “I just told myself not to expect too much. We let them negotiate. I want a deal done. I hope the owners want a deal done. As players, we stick to our points. We just want a fair deal.

Slater was also asked about the potential long-term damage an extended lockout could have on the game, and the league’s ability to retain fans and find new ones.

“I’ve been saying this for a few days now,” Slater said. “I don’t know if we’re going to have another era of steroids to save the game.”

The players apparently agreed to allow a process that would allow for significant rule changes. Negotiators reportedly allowed MLB to need only 45 days to allow rule changes to be implemented, starting in 2023.

This would likely lead to changes such as banning lag or creating a pitch clock to speed up the pace of play.

“NFL games are three hours long and change too, and nobody talks about limiting the time on that,” Treinen said. “…Me, personally, I am against (the launch clocks). There is a place to speed up the game with launches in between. The quality of the game could also change, who knows. You put launchers there and they are more concerned with a clock than execution.

This is just an opinion on a potential change. But it highlights all the factors that go into bargaining and a work stoppage. No matter what the ABC will look like when finished, there will be significant changes.

It’s just a matter of how many changes, and who will benefit the most.

“From our joint account with the White Sox, he’s been pretty much unanimous in what we’re trying to achieve, what we’re looking for,” Hendriks said. “It hasn’t broken people’s spirits. We’re ready to dig in.”

Although there was a sign at the entrance stating that the facility was restricted to player access only, it was still a fairly open operation.

Inevitably, fans made their way to the park. A man handed a ball to Hendriks, asking for a signature. He said it was his 60th birthday and he was going to make it a present.

Haniger told reporters he hopes fans who have booked spring training trips will at least come to watch MLB players practice, even though the games have yet to be scheduled.

“You feel for the fans. I’ve been a fan longer than I’ve been a player,” Treinen said. “I put myself in their shoes. And I know people can judge and say the money factor on both sides. But they’re just fans, and we want the season to go. We miss them. Fans make baseball great. And we’re just trying to do good for those ahead of us.