COLUMBUS, OH- With Major League Baseball and the Players Association still embroiled in a negotiation on a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA), some Clippers fans may be wondering what the current impasse means for the Clippers season.
The Triple-A schedule will be unaffected by the labor dispute, but there could be some differences for the Clippers and other minor league teams. Minor league players will begin their spring training as scheduled; and on April 5th, when the Clippers go to Lehigh Valley to take on the IronPigs for the first time since 2019, they will have a full roster. The difference is that the roster may not include any players from the Cleveland Guardians 40-man roster.
All players on a Major League 40-man roster are members of the MLBPA and are subject to the CBA with Major League Baseball and the current lockout. Any player not on the 40-man roster, but under a minor league contract can currently workout in the team spring training facilities, rehab from injuries and receive coaching. MLBPA members cannot.
When an agreement is reached, the players will need a period of several weeks to ramp up to readiness for the season, so there may be a period of days or weeks where minor league teams continue to play with no 40-man roster players in games while Major League spring training takes place.
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Triple-A Triple Championship Weekend Sept. 30 - Oct. 2
Las Vegas Ballpark and the Las Vegas Aviators (Pacific Coast League) will host the inaugural Triple-A Triple Championship Weekend Sept. 30–Oct. 2, 2022, as Minor League Baseball unveils a new playoff format.
The three-game series will begin with the division winners of the Pacific Coast League squaring off for the league championship on Friday, Sept. 30 at 7:05 p.m. PST.
On Saturday, Oct. 1, the International League division winners will meet to determine the International League champion at 6:05 p.m. PT.
The two league champions will play on Sunday, Oct. 2 at 4:05 p.m. PT to crown the overall Triple-A National Champion.