MLB cancels Winter Meetings that had been scheduled for Dallas

The COVID-19 pandemic ultimately led to MLB bringing the World Series to Arlington. It also has led to the cancellation of in-person MLB winter meetings, which had been scheduled for Dallas’ Omni Convention Center Hotel from Dec. 7-10. It is typically baseball’s biggest convention.

The in-person meetings were canceled as a concession to rising COVID-19 numbers. When asked last week, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said the winter meetings would be “a post-World Series issue.” The World Series ended Tuesday night. As the series ended, news was breaking that the Dodgers’ Justin Turner was removed from the final game after testing positive for the virus. Turner then caused controversy by returning to the field after the game to celebrate with teammates.

The winter meetings are scheduled for Lake Buena Vista, Fla., in 2021, though a potential work stoppage could impact those. The collective bargaining agreement between owners and the MLB Players’ Association expires after the 2021 season. There is significant concern that the game could shut down at that point. MLB is expected to return the Dallas area to the schedule soon, however.

In addition, MLB announced the cancellation of in-person ownership meetings that had been scheduled for Nov. 17-19 at the Live! By Loews Hotel in Arlington adjacent to Globe Life Field.

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