NEW YORK -- AP -- A work stoppage at the start of spring training 2022 seems increasingly likely after baseball players refused to negotiate with owners over a one-month delay for this spring training and regular season.

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The breakdown Monday came after the sides were unable to reach a deal last June over the start of the pandemic-shortened 2021 season. With the collective bargaining agreement set to expire Dec. 1, it is not hard to envision management instituting a lockout for baseball's first work stoppage since the strike that wiped out the 1994 World Series.

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