This time, he delivered.
After MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred cancelled the first two series of the 2022 season (with more cancellations potentially on the way depending on the dynamics of the collective bargaining agreement negotiations), the Los Angeles Angels’ star released a statement on his official Twitter account.
“I want to play, I love our game, but I know we need to get this CBA right. Instead of bargaining in good faith – MLB locked us out. Instead of negotiating a fair deal – Rob cancelled games. Players stand together. For our game, for our fans, and for every player who comes after us. We owe it to the next generation,” he wrote.
Regarding The MLB Lockout: pic.twitter.com/QQUC1pWr5F
— Mike Trout (@MikeTrout) March 2, 2022
Trout And Current Players Owe It To The Next Generation
Trout is, in fact, right, especially in his last line: “we owe it to the next generation”.
The most pressing details of the CBA talks – minimum salary, competitive balance tax, and bonus pool for pre-arbitration players – are not going to have much of an impact on Trout’s finances.
He is already set up for life, having signed a 12-year, $426 million extension with the Angels in 2019.
However, he is pushing for the young players (and stars) of tomorrow.
The Players Association wants a fair deal, with increased minimum salary, so players can make a difference.
The career of an athlete is extremely short, and there is nothing wrong if they try to seek more money from an industry that minimizes them.
After all, they are the stars of the show!
They have a right to be listened to, and not only that, to stand firm for what they believe in.