New York Yankees managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner, left, and San Diego Padres vice chairman Ron Fowler walk at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Fla., where baseball labor talks continue Thursday, Feb. 24, 2022. (AP Photo/Ron Blum)

With just over three days until Major League Baseball’s deadline for a deal that would ensure a 162-game season, commissioner Rob Manfred joined the talks Friday as negotiators met again during a week with no sign of significant progress.

This was the fifth straight day the sides talked, and the first time Manfred was seen at a session.

Union head Tony Clark led a delegation of players into Roger Dean Stadium — the spring training home of the St. Louis Cardinals and Miami Marlins — shortly before 1 p.m. The group that included Max Scherzer, Andrew Miller and Zack Britton from the union’s eight-man executive subcommittee.

At one point, Manfred left the area where management was caucusing and spent 20 minutes with the players’ group in the Cardinals’ clubhouse beyond the right-field fence.

Bargaining resumed shortly after 5 p.m. when a management delegation walked over to the players, a group that included Yankees managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner, Colorado CEO Dick Monfort, Deputy Commissioner Dan Halem and Executive Vice President Morgan Sword.

 

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