Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Ross Stripling revealed MLB’s tactics in a social media post.
Less than an hour before the 5pm ET deadline set by Major League Baseball on March 1, the Players’ League rejected the league’s ‘final’ proposal.
The result is, Commissioner Rob Manfred addressed it publicly on Monday night and issued a threat to cancel the league’s Opening Day. The first two series of the season have been canceled for all teams and will not be carried out after that, meaning the best case scenario now is a 156-match season.
What made this announcement even more disappointing was the hopes that had been raised the night before, when negotiations dragged on into the dead of night, with more than 10 rounds of meetings. Updates during late-night bargaining sessions made it appear that the parties would hash everything until they reached an agreement, with the federation even pushing the February 28 deadline to March 1.
According to pitcher Alex Wood, even the players are ‘cautiously optimistic.’
Instead, it was all a PR stunt, when the federation suddenly announced that the players had changed their tune during Tuesday’s meeting.
Blue Jays pitcher Ross Stripling exposes MLB
What followed was condemnation from players around the league, who refused to stay silent in the face of their employer’s adverse negotiating techniques. Probably most damning proof from Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Ross Striplingwho represents his team’s players’ union.
“It has to be like 12:30 and the fine print of their CBT proposal is something we haven’t seen before. They’re trying to sneak everything through us, like they think we’re dumb baseball players and we’re sleepy after midnight or something. It’s like that stupid football saying, they’re who we think they are. They did exactly what we thought they would do. They push us to a deadline they impose, and then they try to sneak past us on that deadline and we’re ready for it. We have been ready in five years. And then they tried to expose us today in PR, saying we changed the tone and tried to make it sound like our fault. That never happened.”
To borrow a fake word from former President George W. Bush, the owners seem to “underestimate” their opponents.
As much as we all like to pretend otherwise, baseball, at least in its Major League form, is a business. However, how that business (and every business, for that matter) is run says everything about the people who conduct it. In this case, the owner shows an insulting low rating to the players, but alongside it comes a clear lack of respect for them.
All in all, the lockdown – especially in the most recent days – has shown the world that the people in charge of baseball don’t take the game, the players or the fans seriously. They value the dollar above everything, even those that bring in the aforementioned dollar.
Unfortunately, while it’s important for Stripling and his players to expose their owners’ unscrupulous business practices, it’s unclear what can be done about these issues in the future. future.
https://fansided.com/2022/03/02/ross-stripling-exposes-mlb-lockout/ Ross Stripling shows that MLB has bad negotiation skills, sketchy PR tactics