First Pitch: Day Fourteen

How many days do you think the lockout will continue?

For reference, here are some key dates, along with how they correspond to the lockout length:

January 1st: 31 days

February 1st: 62 days

March 1st: 90 days

The assumption before the lockout was that Spring Training games would be a threat if a deal isn’t in place after February 1st, and regular season games could be impacted if it’s after March 1st.

I personally wouldn’t expect anything to happen before the calendar year turns to 2022. I also wouldn’t be surprised if we don’t hear negotiations until near the end of January, as both sides use these dates as artificial deadlines.

How long do you think it will last? Leave your guess in the comments below.


This week’s articles will focus on the Pirates’ rebuild, while also focusing in on the ZiPS projections that were released Monday. I’ll also have some lockout thoughts each night in First Pitch.

Over at Pirates Prospects, we’ll keep you updated on the winter league results each day. As I mentioned yesterday, I’ve got a series of articles coming on the changes to the Pirates’ player development system.

If you haven’t pre-ordered yet, we’ve got two books coming out in the next few months. The first one, John Dreker’s history book on the 1890 Pittsburgh Alleghenys, goes to the printer this week. Information on the books is below, and you can pre-order each at the PBN Shop.

First Pitch: PRE-SALE for The 2022 Guide and The 1890 Pittsburgh Alleghenys Books

Daily Links

**Winter Leagues: Jared Oliva and Tsung-Che Cheng Collect Two Hits Apiece on Tuesday Night

**Why Did the Pirates Decide to Move on From Their Veterans?

**The Shirtless Fan at PNC Park Doesn’t Impact the Outcome of the Game

**This Date in Pittsburgh Pirates History: December 14th, Adam Frazier, and the Haddix and Lieber Trades

**Card of the Day: 1996 Leaf Signature Extended Autographs Jon Lieber

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