Although Major League Baseball and the players' union continue to discuss possible changes or clarifications to the new home-plate collision rules, union chief Tony Clark told ESPN.com that accomplishing that in-season would be "tough."
Wednesday was supposed to be the day the commissioner's office finished a proposed schedule for the 2012 postseason and shipped it to the Players Association for consideration. But sources told ESPN.com that deadline wasn't going to be met.
Baseball's labor negotiators have reached a "handshake agreement" on all major issues, and the sport's new five-year collective bargaining agreement is likely to be announced Tuesday, sources told ESPN.com Friday.
With a new labor deal still stuck in negotiating limbo, management and the Major League Baseball players' union have to negotiate a new luxury-tax agreement and determine whether it will go into effect for 2012.
Despite the withdrawal of 15 players from the All-Star rosters, union chief Michael Weiner told ESPN.com Sunday that this year's mass all-star exodus is more about "circumstance" than an indication that players don't care about the All Star Game.
St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said Tuesday morning he believes the players' union is attempting to "beat up" Albert Pujols and his agent, in an attempt to get Pujols to sign a record-setting contract.