MLB lockdown: Ross Stripling rips MLB over negotiation tactics

Several top MLB players took to social media on Tuesday in the wake of commissioner Rob Manfred’s decision to cancel regular season games, and they didn’t mince words about what they think about it. On Wednesday, Blue Jays pitcher Ross Stripling explained his frustrations with the way negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement went, accusing the owners of not negotiating in good faith.

“That was an easy no, man,” Stripling said of the union’s decision to reject the league’s most recent proposal, according to Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi and Ben Nicholson-Smith. “Because we felt like we made them a fair offer and they just haven’t moved on it the whole time. Since Dallas in December [when the lockout was implemented]they barely moved at all.

Stripling, who is the Blue Jays’ union player representative, criticized the owners for using what he considered misleading bargaining tactics, particularly as Monday night’s bargaining session continued into the early hours. of Tuesday morning.

“It must have been 12:30 p.m. and the fine print on their CBT proposal was stuff we had never seen before,” Stripling said. “They were trying to sneak things through to us, it was like they thought we were stupid baseball players and we go to sleep after midnight or something… They did exactly what we thought we were going to do. they would do. They pushed us to meet a deadline that they imposed and then they tried to squeeze us a few s—out to that deadline and we were ready for it. We have been ready for five years. And then they tried to return it to us [Tuesday] in public relations, saying that we changed our tune and tried to make it look like it was our fault. It never happened.

Stripling arrived in Toronto in 2020 on a trade from the Dodgers. He pitched 24 games last season (19 starts), going 5-7 with a 4.80 ERA in 101 1/3 innings.

The 32-year-old right-hander said he was unsure of the next steps, but expressed hope the two sides could meet again soon and continue working towards an agreement. Currently, the first week of regular season games have been canceled and it is unclear when Manfred would decide to cancel any additional games.

“In a perfect world, they lick their wounds, go back to New York, both sides, and then start again in two or three days,” Stripling said. “I don’t see what it was like after Dallas, where it took six weeks before they spoke to each other again. I know we can’t wait to get back to the table and I like to think they are too. But the two sides need to come together again and figure out the next steps.

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