At 11:59 p.m. Eastern on Wednesday, the document that governs baseball — the five-year collective bargaining agreement between the owners of the 30 Major League Baseball clubs and the players — expired. Two minutes later, M.L.B. Commissioner Rob Manfred announced that the league had enacted a lockout, which brought the sport to a halt. Teams are not allowed to talk to players, make major-league signings, or swing trades.
This is the ninth work stoppage in M.L.B. history and the fourth lockout. Here is what’s going on: Read full sports article here.