Reporting on the MLB lockout hasn’t been always easy.
Sources trying to manipulate the truth through their statements to reporters, limited access to the negotiating room, and other situations have certainly made it difficult.
None of the regular writers and reporters have said anything about it, but we are sure they have had some difficulties.
For fans and neutral observers, however, it has also been hard.
A former MLB player, Will Middlebrooks, recently called out reporting on the collective bargaining agreement (CBA) talks, saying that it does not always spread the truth.
“I just wish the truth got reported more often than it does. Too many notable source’s tweets and articles are persuaded and guided by those who either employ them or supply them with inside information throughout the season,” he said.
I just wish the truth got reported more often than it does. Too many notable source’s tweets and articles are persuaded and guided by those who either employ them or supply them with inside information throughout the season.
— Will Middlebrooks (@middlebrooks) March 2, 2022
Be Careful Who You Trust
Indeed, there have been many tweets that any person with minimal knowledge of the situation would think the account or person sending them had to be persuaded in some way.
The truth, as a result, has become a distorted reality.
That’s why fans no longer trust every piece of news or recent development if it doesn’t come from reliable sources with vast knowledge of the CBA negotiations and no intentions to “operate” in favor of anyone.
Players, particularly, know which reporters are the most reliable ones and which ones, well…not so much.
The notable thing to remember is that negotiations are not done, and fans will have to be very careful who they trust when there are meetings.
The two sides in the conflict, MLB and the Players Association, are expected to keep talking about a new deal that would lift the ongoing lockout.
The two first series of the season have already been cancelled, and if there is no agreement soon, more games could be called off.