Reds Opening Day now postponed until at least April 14 versus the Dodgers

Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager (5) is picked off by Cincinnati Reds infielder Jonathan India.
Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager (5) is picked off by Cincinnati Reds infielder Jonathan India. / David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

"Late night Reds" may debut earlier this year than anticipated. After the owners and the Player's Association failed to come to terms on a new collective bargaining agreement, Major League Baseball announced that no games will be played before April 14th at the earliest. That means the Cincinnati Reds first opponent of the 2022 season would be the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The Reds were supposed to open play on March 31st versus the Chicago Cubs, but due to lack of progress in negotiations between the owners and the MLBPA, that series was cancelled, as was Cincinnati's three-game set against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Reds Opening Day is postponed again.

The negotiations appeared to be going well yesterday until the owners brought the idea of an international draft to the table. That was said to be a non-starter for the players, and after the two sides continued to bicker back-and-forth, ultimately the curtain fell on Wednesday evening with no deal in place.

The owners cite logistical realities as their reasoning for cancelling more games, while the Player's Association calls the decision to cancel games completely unnecessary. At the end of the day, both sides are now losing the PR battle and it's the fans who are suffering the consequences.

Regardless of where you come down on the majority of issues being discussed during these negotiations, I think we can all agree that postponing Opening Day and cancelling games is detrimental to the sport of baseball.

The good news is that it appeared as though the union and the owners closed the gap significantly on a number of core economic issues. However, with hopes of a 162-game season now all but lost, the question of service time and player pay is sure to come to the forefront.

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It seems as though negotiations will continue today with hopes of the two sides finding common ground on the international draft, qualifying offer, and draft pick compensation. Hopefully, Reds fans won't have to wait much longer, as it now appears that Cincinnati's home opener will be April 22nd versus the St. Louis Cardinals