The MLB lockout is in full effect and players are not allowed to go to work.
Some joined in on social media to call out the fact MLB removed player headshots from the official team websites.
While silly, it was a legal move regarding player likenesses.
Since MLB chose to lock us out, i’m not able to work with our amazing team Physical Therapists who have been leading my post surgery care/progression. Now that I’m in charge of my own PT- what should my first order of business be? I’m thinking I’m done with this boot. It can go😎
— Jameson Taillon (@JTaillon50) December 2, 2021
Taillon underwent ankle surgery in October and now has to stop working with his team of physical therapists.
This battle about money has real negative effects that some owners either glossed over or simply did not think about.
Players Left In The Dark
Taillon is now put in a tough position to handle his own recovery.
So think about how bad it is for players without such star power dealing with offseason injuries.
A young player may have just undergone a major surgery, only to be told to go home and figure it out until the lockout ends.
This could lead to long-term problems for any player trying to get back on track this offseason.
Feels really weird to pack a suit case with only shoes for my left foot 😂 #BootLife
— Jameson Taillon (@JTaillon50) November 21, 2021
Surely, the physical therapy teams prepared for this and left players with at least a plan for the next few months.
But this reality represents another reason why fans are going to have a tough time finding any sympathy for the owners in this labor battle.
Fans of every MLB team enter a new season with hope that their favorite players are healthy and ready to compete.
2022 may present challenges if the labor battle drags on.
Owners may wait until the last possible second to resolve this, and expect the players to just show up and be ready to go on a moment’s notice.
This is unfair and does not make much logical sense for owners whose goal should be to keep their players healthy and taken care of in order for them to compete at a high level.
But in the end, money is king and that is why there is a lockout in the first place.