Fifty-one days and counting since Major League Baseball owners locked out their players over disputes for the new collective bargaining agreement.
On Monday, the MLB Players Association will present a counter-offer to the owners during an in-person bargaining session.
Until then, big leaguers like Harrison Central alum Bobby Bradley, now first baseman for the Cleveland Guardians, are stuck playing the waiting game.
That’s nothing new to anyone drafted before 2020, having just dealt with the coronavirus uncertainty when spring training was shut down just under two years ago. “Just trying to be as ready as possible, especially just with the uncertainty, like the lockout, things like that, just always being ready for that one call and just staying on go. Having the COVID year helped us learn to deal with those adversities and things like that. Being with a season that was pushed back only half a season, so just things like that, guys know what they need to do to just kind of stay in shape now.”
A 2014 third round pick of the then Cleveland Indians, Bradley hit 16 home runs across 74 games last season.