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Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred speaks during a news conference in Arlington, Texas, Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021. Owners locked out players at 12:01 a.m. Thursday following the expiration of the sport's five-year collective bargaining agreement. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

MLB’s spat with union points to lengthy lockout

- Associated Press

Hours into Major League Baseball’s first work stoppage in 26 years, Commissioner Rob Manfred and union head Tony Clark presented diametrically opposed views of each side’s negotiating positions that point to a lengthy lockout.

Then-Chicago Cubs' Javier Baez sports an MLB logo tattoo and logos on his hat and jersey as he waits to take batting practice. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File) **FILE**

Player images scrubbed from MLB websites

- Associated Press

Shortly after the sport’s first work stoppage in 26 years began Thursday at 12:01 a.m., MLB removed all current player photos and highlights off MLB.com. Major League Baseball said in an email to The Associated Press that “every action we are taking is at the advice of legal counsel per the National Labor Relations Act.”

This still image from video shows New York Mets pitcher Max Scherzer, left, and agent Scott Boras as they participate in a news conference, Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021. The Mets and the three-time Cy Young Award winner finalized a $130 million, three-year deal Wednesday, a contract that shattered baseball's record for highest average salary and forms a historically impressive 1-2 atop New York's rotation with Jacob deGrom. (AP Photo)

Mets owner’s drive to build winner convinced Scherzer to sign record deal

- Associated Press

The Mets and three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer finalized a $130 million, three-year deal Wednesday, a contract that shattered baseball’s record for highest average salary. Scherzer said he was convinced during a video call with Steve Cohen last month that the second-year Mets owner was going to do whatever it took to build a winner in Flushing.

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Atlanta Braves' Ronald Acuña Jr. runs to first base after hitting a double during the fifth inning of the team's baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019, in Atlanta.   World Series champions for the first time in 26 years, the Atlanta Braves were all set to cash in. Perhaps no team was hurt more than Atlanta when Major League Baseball locked out its players on Dec. 2. The move put the start of the 2022 season in jeopardy and scrubbed Acuña and company from the Braves' business plans — for now.  (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File) **FILE**

Lockout hurts Braves' chance to cash in on championship

- Associated Press

Perhaps no team was hurt more than Atlanta when Major League Baseball locked out its players on Dec. 2. The move put the start of the 2022 season in jeopardy and scrubbed Ronald Acuna and company from the Braves' business plans -- for now.