BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Just after the clock struck midnight Thursday, Major League Baseball locked out the ballplayers, with the league office and players association unable to reach a deal on a new collective bargaining agreement.
In short, the deal establishing the pay and working conditions for the next baseball season expired, bringing about a work stoppage for the first time in 26 years.READ MORE: Bowie Shaken After Possible Tornado Uproots Trees & Knocks Out Power
One of the more bizarre side effects of the stalemate: Teams across the league scrubbed their websites of all images and stories associated with individual players, rendering their rosters a list of names with blank, baseball cap-wearing silhouettes in place of player pictures. MLB said teams are limited in the types of content they can display online until a new deal with the players union is reached.
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Welcome to the 2021 MLB lockout. https://t.co/EQMXVYU2pZ has removed all stories and images of current players on all teams’ 40-man rosters. Here’s a look at the Orioles’ roster. I know people have called it faceless before, but this time that claim is literal. pic.twitter.com/64ZfLGyDAB
— Dan Connolly (@danconnolly2016) December 2, 2021
Players across the league are now using the faceless images on social media as a form of protest, likely a response to what they see as the league minimizing their contributions to the sport.
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— Zac Lowther (@ZacLowther) December 2, 2021
Just before the collective bargaining agreement was set to expire, Means tweeted a picture of a T-shirt with the word “Brotherhood” across the front, no doubt a sign of union solidarity.
— John Means (@JMeans25) December 2, 2021