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NEW YORK – Minutes after players were locked out on Thursday amid controversial negotiations over the upcoming collective agreement, Major League Baseball erased all remnants of player likenesses from its official properties such as MLB.com, replacing photos of the players by generic silhouettes.
In response, the players decided to lean in fully.

Players have started changing their profile photos on Twitter to generic player silhouettes in solidarity and in response to the league’s action. The decision to do so was not an organized and calculated decision of the Major League Baseball Players Association, but rather began as a joke in a group chat with a small player, according to New York Mets pitcher Trevor Williams, one of the first to change his profile picture.

“It was just silly,” Williams told ESPN. “It’s a meme. When you think about it, by posting a photo of what MLB is doing, we are duplicating what they are doing. It’s not meant to be serious. “

In a press conference Thursday morning, Commissioner Rob Manfred said the league was legally obliged to remove all player likenesses due to the lack of a collective agreement.

Along with Williams, San Diego Padres pitcher Joe Musgrove, Chicago White Sox pitcher Lucas Giolito, New York Yankees pitcher Jameson Taillon and Mets pitcher Taijuan Walker were among the first players to change their profile pictures. on Twitter.

Due to the lockdown, players cannot use team facilities or work with coaches. Taillon underwent surgery in October to repair a partially torn ankle tendon and was due to miss five months.

“Since the MLB chose to lock us up, I have not been able to work with our incredible team of physiotherapists who have directed my post-operative care / progression,” Taillon tweeted. “Now that I’m in charge of my own PT, what should my first order of business be? I think I’m done with this boot. Can be OK. “

The bit quickly began to spread among those who weren’t in the initial group chat. When Mets reliever Trevor May woke up on Thursday, he noticed the players were changing their profile pictures and decided to join us.

“I saw it, and this is what I did,” May said. “Everything about Twitter, memes, I totally agree. I went there. It is not a strong message that I am trying to send. … This is one of the fun ways for players to push [the league]. It’s a funny way to point out that they really have nothing without us. “

Other players who participated included Chicago Cubs outfielder Ian Happ, free agent reliever Sean Doolittle, Minnesota Twins pitcher Randy Dobnak, Seattle Mariners outfielder Mitch Haniger and shortstop JP Crawford, Shed Long Jr. free agent second baseman and Mets closest to Edwin Diaz. .



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