Negotiations in the Major League Baseball are going pretty badly since Rob Manfred and his owners have already canceled the first two series of the season. Who knows if they really expected or even wanted the players to agree to their “best deal” on Tuesday, but, according to Ross Stripling of the Toronto Blue Jays, they were trying to sneak past the players under cover of darkness. Here is Stripling in an interview with SportsNet:
As Monday passed into Tuesday and negotiations continued until late into the night, some players had the impression that the owners underestimated them.
“It was supposed to be around 12:30, and the fine print of their CBT proposal was something we’ve never seen before,” Stripling said. “They’ve been trying to sneak through us as if they think we’re stupid baseball players and we get sleepy after midnight or something. It’s like that stupid football quote, they’re who we thought they were. They did exactly what we thought they would do. They pushed us to the deadline they imposed and then they tried to move past us in that deadline and we were ready for it. We were ready for five years. And then they tried to point at us today in PR, they say, we changed the tone and tried to make it as if it was our fault. This has never happened before. “
This confirms yesterday’s feeling that this week the owners negotiated in bad faith and then tried to change the story in the press to make the players look bad. In fact, it is the owners who have to look bad.
Ross Stripling of the Blue Jays says the owners thought “we’re dumb baseball players and we slept after midnight”
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