The Jays’ highest-paid position player went wild on his official Twitter account Friday night, accusing the owners of essentially playing one game to ensure a minimum season.
“Can (Commissioner Rob) Manfred just implement the 48-game season already since we all know what he’s trying to do here,” Grichuk tweeted. “These negotiations are brutal. All the owners do is waste time getting what they want. It sucks.
Grichuk commented in response to MLB’s latest offer that called for a 72-game season with players getting 80% of their salaries prorated. Under this proposal, a season would begin on July 14 and end at the end of September, resulting in an expanded playoff format.
In their most recent offering, players have called for an 89-game season and fully pro-priced salaries. But by sticking to a much shorter proposal and often taking several days to submit a counter-proposal, Grichuk believes the owners are “running down the clock to get what they want.”
Grichuk’s initial post led to a long back-and-forth thread on the social media site including more comments from the Texan.
“It’s not smart for owners to hit their product (players) in the media and make us look bad to have the audience on their side,” Grichuk wrote. “I don’t understand why it’s a good deal.
“We want baseball back more than anything right now, but we can’t be exploited in these times by billionaire owners. We hope the fans realize that … if only the owners saw it that way, we would be playing right now. Very frustrating.
Grichuk said he understood the frustration of supporters, especially given the economic climate created by the VOCIDE-19 pandemic. In fact, the veteran outfielder said he wouldn’t be surprised if fan interest suffers because of the mind-boggling inability for a workable deal to achieve.
Grichuk is not alone in this regard, of course. And the longer it drags on, the more baseball risks the fallout from the fans.
“I wouldn’t be upset if all the fans boycotted the game for a while or just had enough,” Grichuk said. LAN is going about it terribly and will lose a lot of fans. I don’t know what they’re thinking.
The game has already lost tons of fans before that and will lose so many more of that. I hope the owners have long regretted it.
Speaking of time, he lost far as both sides procrastinated in the late talks.
The owners informed MLBPA that it had until the end of Sunday to accept the latest offer. We don’t know what’s going to happen next, but Manfred has the ability to legislate a 48-game season, essentially the obligation of players back to work. With so much damage already done, this would serve to exacerbate tensions between the two sides probably lead to the potential of an unnecessarily ridiculous season.
Responding to a comment that suggested Manfred was deceiving players with overly dated offers, Grichuk agreed.
“It’s clear that he thinks he can,” Grichuk wrote. “People need to see that’s all they’ve done all the time.”
After a solid success at the plate before the spring practice closed on March 12, Grichuk was looking forward to bringing that form to a 2020 season. And the longer the impasse dragged on, the more frustrated he is.
“I don’t know how all the players feel, but I know I miss the game more than anything right now and I wish I could be on the field competing and doing what I love,” Grichuk wrote. “A ton of players are really sad that we’re not playing. We can’t take advantage of it. Long story between owners and players.