The MLBPA is ready to get to work, whether or not Rob Manfred’s proposed Saturday offer from the ownership side is of any use to them. Count several Yankees stars among the group that showed up in union solidarity on Thursday night, prepared for the ongoing fight, but unified around a common cause.
Gerrit Cole got the train rolling on Wednesday night, noting how impressed he was with the sprawling group of players that attended the summit.
On Thursday, in the wake of Manfred’s press conference that announced nothing resembling a delay, but rather that everything was a-ok with the season’s start time and Spring Training report date, the players gathered again to hash out their response to whatever offer comes their way on Saturday.
The Yankees showed up in full force.
Spotted leaving the event were Aaron Judge, Luke Voit, Gleyber Torres, Luis Severino, and Gio Urshela.
Even Bombers with an uncertain future put that awkwardness aside to transcend team boundaries.
Yankees star Aaron Judge is ‘ready’ for MLBPA to cue Spring Training … when they get what they want.
When Judge was stopped on the way out of the event, he stood strong and tall, like the rest of his cohorts.
Don’t think for a second, though, that the slugger isn’t ready to participate in the action again whenever that bell is rung.
The players want what they’re owed, as well as clear proof ownership is willing to make concessions and not just axe games in the hope that their workforce caves.
Judge stood firm before he exited, stating, “We’re all ready” for Spring Training, whenever ownership decides to present a worthwhile compromise — or, at least, a starting point.
Is there much hope that this weekend will be any different than previous offers? Former Yankee Andrew Miller, leading the MLBPA’s side of things, seemed equally receptive to anything that serves as a genuine step forward, but admitted once again that he hasn’t seen one yet.
Whenever the campaign does begin, Judge had better be ready, physically, for the most important year of his career yet — a contract year, which could decide his Bombers future.
Congratulations to Judge on being so confident, because his baseball life remains unsettled in more ways than one.