Tuesday, September 27 2022

Contreras: MLB ‘never wanted to start on time’ originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

Willson Contreras joined some of his Cubs teammates in weighing in on MLB’s decision to cancel the first week of the regular season due to its lockout.

“They never wanted to start on time,” Contreras wrote in an Instagram post. “They studied, [planned] and executed what they wanted to do with the 2022 season.

“They were never into a good faith [negotiation].”

Player reactions have flooded in after commissioner Rob Manfred announced Tuesday MLB has canceled the first two regular season series — the first time a labor dispute has cost games since the 1994-95 players strike.

The cancelations came after MLB’s self-imposed deadline for a new labor deal passed without an agreement Tuesday afternoon.

Union leaders voted unanimously to reject the league’s last offer, which had substantial gaps on key issues in negotiations with the players’ last proposal.

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Cubs outfielder Jason Heyward also weighed in on the cancelations in a lengthy Instagram post.

“They continued to make offers they know were in the players best interest to refuse,” Heyward’s post reads, in part. “Hoping both sides could continue to ‘disagree..’ and that they would get their end GOAL… their GOAL of delaying the 2022 MLB season.”

Cubs starter Marcus Stroman took aim at Manfred on Twitter, and outfielders Ian Happ and Clint Frazier also reacted to Tuesday’s news.

From ex-Cub Anthony Rizzo:

After nine straight days of negotiations in Florida, the players union headed back to New York after Tuesday’s meetings. With the travel period, the earliest negotiations could continue is Thursday.

The regular season now will start no sooner than April 8, though whether the league cancels more games remains to be seen.

The union has said they will push for any lost games to be rescheduled, and/or receive back pay for the canceled games.

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