- Major League Baseball player have been very active on social media complaining about the owners’ lack of willingness to negotiate.
- Among them is Bryce Harper who is so fed up with the lockout that he contacted Japan’s Yomiuri Giants on social media.
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According to Major League Baseball’s team owners, Monday, Feb. 28 was the drop dead date for a new collective bargaining agreement with the players or else the opening of the regular season is going to be delayed.
So, because baseball’s gonna baseball, the owners and MLB’s inept commissioner Rob Manfred failed to come to any sort of agreement with the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) on Monday.
let’s just get this straight
we are currently being locked out …
they did not meet with us for a month once this lockout was instituted …
now we are being threatened that games will be missed if we don’t make a deal by Monday https://t.co/OARJaCudEY
— Jack Flaherty (@Jack9Flaherty) February 24, 2022
MLB today indicated a willingness to miss a month of games and took a more threatening tone than yesterday, sources briefed on the day’s first meeting between MLB and the Players Association tell me, @Ken_Rosenthal and @FabianArdaya. Full context of conversation not yet known.
— Evan Drellich (@EvanDrellich) February 28, 2022
As a result, the MLBPA announced that since there thus far has been no Spring Training this year they have organized a “fully staffed” stadium and facility for players to train in Mesa, Arizona, reports MLB writer Robert Murray.
Some players, however, appear to have other ideas for playing some baseball this year, and it includes baseball leagues in other countries.
Bryce Harper, for one, sent out a message on social media to Japan’s Yomiuri Giants, writing, “Aye @yomiuri.giants you up? Got some time to kill. I know you got @borascorp number. Let’s talk.”
MLB players have been quite active on social media today. Here’s Bryce Harper: pic.twitter.com/HicvVhOZcU
— Britt Ghiroli (@Britt_Ghiroli) February 28, 2022
Think Harper, the 2021 National League MVP, is joking? He might be, but he also has every right to actually go and do it.
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
if major-league players go play all over the world during a lockout, they'll be growing the game in ways MLB never could https://t.co/il5oK5Ak12
— keithlaw (@keithlaw) February 28, 2022
MLB players like Bryce Harper are allowed to play in other leagues during a lockout
Braves pitcher Luke Jackson sent out a tweet to Toros De Tijuana.
Yankees slugger Joey Gallo took a more conventional route, creating a new LinkedIn profile, complete with a list of hilarious “special skills.”
Basically, like the fans want, Major League Baseball players just want to be able to play some dang games.
Owners should consider putting a runner on second to end the lockout. #problemsolved
— Tyler “Nutsack” Matzek (@TylerMatzek) March 1, 2022
Players are used to their “threats”. Owners actions have made it clear all along that they have a set # of games where they still make profits/get TV money. They don’t want to play. It’s sad that these are the guys who drive the direction and “future”of our amazing sport.
— Jameson Taillon (@JTaillon50) February 28, 2022