Didi Gregorius, Rhys Hoskins among MLB players fighting back in latest lockout drama
Philadelphia Phillies stars are taking a stand in the tense MLB lockout negotiations
The MLB lockout has reached new heights of tension, and Philadelphia Phillies players and other stars around the league aren’t staying quiet.
This is the ninth work stoppage in league history, but the first since 1994-95, and the world has changed a lot. Namely, social media exists, and MLB players are flocking to it to tell their side of things, which is terrible news for the owners’ side, and great for them and the rest of us.
On Thursday, MLB officially requested the assistance of a federal mediator, under the guise of wanting to expedite Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiations.
However, the Players’ Union rejected the ‘intervention of a federal mediator,’ since MLB has not made good on their promise earlier this week to provide a counter offer. In short, MLB is not negotiating in good faith, and players are extremely displeased.
Didi Gregorius was one of several players to weigh in on the drama on Friday:
While Gregorius’ tweet was vague enough that he could’ve been reacting to something else, the timing of his tweet is notable in the context of the mediation news, especially given that he hadn’t tweeted anything else in over a month.
Rhys Hoskins wasn’t as subtle, retweeting and liking tweets from several current and former players:
Several of their teammates shared the MLBPA’s announcement to their Instagram stories or retweeted it, including Matt Vierling and current free agent, Archie Bradley.
Here are some more reactions from around the league:
Ultimately, the owners do not have a leg to stand on. They chose to lock out the players when the CBA expired, and they alone can end the lockout. Any false overtures or PR statements to suggest otherwise are bogus distractions, and it’s great to see players calling them out.