‘High Solidarity”- The Yankees Star Gerrit Cole on the Players’ Association’s Unity and Stand Against the Owners

Published 02/10/2022, 8:00 AM EST
Oct 5, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Gerrit Cole (45) throws against the Boston Red Sox during the first inning of the American League Wildcard game at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

The ongoing lockout is now over two months old. And even after all this time, the MLB players stand firm in their demands from the owners. Earlier this week, the players’ association declined the request from the owners to include a Federal Mediator for any further negotiations. They did so as they do not want to bring any third party to the table. 

However, recently, the players’ association had a meeting in Arizona regarding their demands to the MLB owners. And the Yankees pitcher, Gerrit Cole, said that it was exciting to see the solidarity among all those present.

Not only Gerrit Cole, but players like Marcus Stroman, Whit Merrifield, and Max Scherzer have also been vocal against the owners’ approach for the new CBA deal. Notably, if the two parties do not find the solution for a new deal at the earliest, then not only spring training but MLB will also lose some of the league games.

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Earlier this week on Tuesday, the MLB Players’ Association held a meeting in Arizona regarding the MLB lockout. And as per the New York Yankees ace pitcher, Gerrit Cole, the solidarity and unity among the players were at the highest, meaning they do not intend on backing down from their demands.

As per Cole, over 100 players attended the meeting to protect the integrity of the game. Cole took to Twitter to share his experience of the meeting in Arizona.

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Sep 29, 2021; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Yankees starting pitcher Gerrit Cole (45) throws a pitch against Toronto Blue Jay in the first inning at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

“I was at our PA meeting in AZ and it was exciting to see solidarity this high. We had 100+ players show up and are united to protect the integrity of the game,” said Gerrit Cole.

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Apart from the players’ union meet, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred and the owners also met in Florida, and reports suggested that Manfred will be addressing the media on Thursday.

Considering the current situation in MLB, the next couple of days are very crucial for the league. Apart from Manfred’s media address, the players’ union is also reportedly meeting this week in Florida. Since the lockout came into existence on December 2nd, the owners and players have met four times. However, a deal is yet to be agreed upon.

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Abhishek Kumar

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Abhishek Kumar is an MLB author at EssentiallySports. After completing his Master’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication, Abhishek has been working in the media industry since two years. Before joining EssentiallySports, he previously worked at APN News as a sub-editor, where he has written articles on sports and politics.

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