- Since Major League Beseball locked out all of the players they are legally free to go join any team in the world.
- One player, Fernando Tatis Jr., has already been contacted by a team in the Mexican League.
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It looks like Bryce Harper may have started something.
On Monday, after Major League Baseball and the Players’ Association reached yet another stalemate, ensuring that regular season games will be canceled, Harper reached out to Japan’s Yomiuri Giants with a tweet showing himself in their uniform.
Later that day, Atlanta Braves pitcher Luke Jackson fired off a tweet to Toros De Tijuana of the Mexican League to see if they were looking for players.
Apparently they are.
On Tuesday, Toros De Tijuana even fired off a recruitment tweet to one of the game’s biggest stars: Fernando Tatis Jr.
Tatis, who by then knew with certainty that games will be canceled thanks to MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred’s tone-deaf press conference on Tuesday, replied back and appeared to show some interest.
👀🤷🏽♂️🔥🔥— Fernando Tatis Jr. (@tatis_jr) March 1, 2022
Toros De Tijuana, a team based out of Tijuana, Baja California, is only about 20 miles or so from San Diego so it would be no big deal for Tatis to travel there for games.
Fernando Tatis Jr. and other players are being recruited by foreign baseball leagues
Also, because Major League Baseball’s owners locked out the players, they are legally free to go play for any team they want to right now.
For those wondering, MLB players can play in foreign leagues (KBO, NPB, etc.) during a lockout.
So, theoretically, #BlueJays SP Hyun Jin Ryu could stick with the Hanwha Eagles for the start of their season.
— Ethan Diamandas (@EthanDiamandas) February 28, 2022
This is something that teams like Toros De Tijuana are well aware of because Fernando Tatis Jr. isn’t the only current Major League Baseball player they’ve been hitting up on social media. They’ve also tried recruiting stars like 2020 American League Most Valuable Player Jose Abreu, Washington Nationals catcher Tres Barrera (who retweeted), Brewers infielder Luis Urias, Blue Jays catcher Alejandro Kirk,
Here’s to hoping that these players and more do decide to go play elsewhere and line the pockets of the owners of these smaller teams who actually appear to appreciate the sport.