Tuesday was a dark day for baseball. After MLB and the MLBPA failed to reach an agreement on a new CBA, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred officially cancelled the first two series of the regular season.
It was the culmination of a frustrating situation for MLB players, MLB fans, but perhaps not MLB owners.
The owners installed a deadline and then weaponized it.
The players let their thoughts on the matter be known, including former Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling. Stripling, the Blue Jay’s union rep, shed some light on the league’s deadline tactics in an interview with reporter Shi Davidi.
— Joe Siddall (@SiddallJoe) March 2, 2022
Alex Wood, another former Dodgers hurler, provided additional commentary.
FWIW MLB has pumped to the media last night & today that there’s momentum toward a deal. Now saying the players tone has changed. So if a deal isn’t done today it’s our fault. This isn’t a coincidence. We’ve had the same tone all along. We just want a fair deal/to play ball.
— Alex Wood (@Awood45) March 1, 2022
Michael Lorenzen of the Reds took exception to Manfred chuckling during this press conference.
Have no clue how he has the ability to laugh about anything right now. Mind is blown. pic.twitter.com/xxwHnF9cUW
— Michael Lorenzen (@Lorenzen55) March 1, 2022
Free agent first baseman Anthony is hoping the MLBPA’s decision today leads to a better future for the sport overall.
To the fans we will miss you most. To the younger generation of baseball players, this is for you.
— Anthony Rizzo (@ARizzo44) March 1, 2022
Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner wasn’t the only one who noticed that the MLBPA press conference broadcast was handled a little differently than MLB’s.
Both ESPN and MLB Network cutting away from the MLBPA press conference is as symbolic as you're going to get.
— Katie Woo (@katiejwoo) March 1, 2022
Cubs starting pitcher Marcus Stroman kept it short and sweet.
Manfred gotta go.
— Marcus Stroman (@STR0) March 1, 2022
Marco Gonzales of the Mariners also vented his emotions about Manfred.
Probably uses iron covers. https://t.co/P35nDbZvP6
— Marco Gonzales (@MarcoGonzales_) March 2, 2022
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