SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF / CNN) – If you went to the Major League Baseball website on Thursday, or the Oakland A’s and San Francisco Giants websites, and thought something was wrong disabled, you’re not alone.
The MLB website has become a sorry place lacking in news or images from baseball’s biggest stars. It’s because of the MLB lockout – the ninth work stoppage in baseball history, which took effect at midnight Thursday.
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“You may notice that the content on this site is a little different than usual,” MLB.com wrote in an article on the site Thursday morning. “Until a new deal is made, there will be limitations on the type of content we post.
“As a result, you’ll see a lot more content that focuses on the game’s rich history,” the post continued. “Once a new deal is struck, the breaking news and analysis you expect will continue as usual.”
So instead of MLB.com being inundated with stories about big free agent signings or updates on the upcoming season, the site instead has stories about the lockdown, an FAQ on the state of negotiations. and longer readings on baseball trips and the “Worst Team Ever.”
The most notable absence, however, is the image of the players.
On the MLB.com mobile site, you won’t find photos of the game’s top players like Mookie Betts or Freddie Freeman. Instead, you’ll be greeted with blank silhouettes alongside stats.
Some players have already adopted silhouettes, making their social media avatar on Twitter.
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“It’s amazing to see league players change their avi out of solidarity. The MLB can take away our image but never our LOOKING! New York Mets pitcher Trevor Williams tweeted Thursday. “I have no idea what the likeness means.”
The change is also apparent on the websites of all 30 teams, including the A’s and Giants. A check of both teams ‘websites on Thursday contained links to Commissioner Rob Manfred’s letter explaining the lockdown, various team lists such as “Best A’s out of Cooperstown” and “Giants’ best seasons at every position. “, as well as the highlights of the long seasons. since.
In his letter to fans, Manfred wrote: “We believe an offseason lockdown is the best mechanism to protect the 2022 season.”
“We hope that the lockout will restart negotiations and bring us to an agreement which will allow the season to start on time,” continued the commissioner.
The MLB Players Association also had a response Thursday, calling the lockout a “dramatic measure” and blaming the owners.
This lockout is the first work stoppage at MLB since the 1994-95 strike.
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