Marcus Stroman unloads on Rob Manfred, MLB owners over inevitable delay

Marcus Stroman, Chicago Cubs (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
Marcus Stroman, Chicago Cubs (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images) /

Marcus Stroman didn’t shy away from voicing his displeasure with MLB owners and Commissioner Rob Manfred over the forthcoming delay.

In the least shocking development of all time, the negotiations between Major League Baseball and the Players’ Union are not going well.

In fact, they’re going terribly.

On Tuesday, Jeff Passan reported that “little progress” has been made in the meetings between the two sides. Worse yet, he confirmed what anyone with foresight feared long before the lockout began, that the inevitable stalemate when the Collective Bargaining Agreement expired in December 2021 would delay baseball in 2022:

"“The on-time opening of spring training at this point is in grave danger and, frankly, would take a miraculous deal coming together to rescue. A delay feels inevitable.”"

At this point, pretty much everyone besides the team owners and the commissioner has had enough. But for the first time in the history of MLB work stoppages — this is the ninth — players have a platform to express themselves. In January, several players criticized Commissioner Rob Manfred for having MLB Network fire well-respected reporter Ken Rosenthal.

Marcus Stroman goes off on Twitter over MLB lockout, coming delay

Now with the season in jeopardy, Chicago Cubs pitcher Marcus Stroman isn’t holding back.

Stroman also retweeted several tweets, and replied to another user who endorsed Theo Epstein for commissioner:

The newest Cubs pitcher also liked several NSFW tweets criticizing team owners for not caring about the fans.

Will MLB Spring Training be delayed due to the lockout?

Wednesday, Feb. 2 marks two full months since MLB owners locked out the players. Befitting of Groundhog Day, it feels like we will all be trapped in this endless cycle of penny-pinching, fraught negotiations, and no baseball.

Most infuriating of all, Manfred and the owners seem unbothered by the fact that they are driving MLB into the ground. After all, they didn’t need to lock out the players when the previous CBA expired, but they chose to do so anyway. Now, instead of locking themselves in a room with the union and hammering out a deal, they seem content to let the season be delayed.

Stroman ended his Twitter tirade on a poignant note:

At least Stroman feels bad for baseball fans; the owners and commissioner clearly don’t.

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