Cubs players are using their social media platforms to blast MLB commissioner Rob Manfred, who Monday said he's "not confident" there will be a 2020 season despite saying last week MLB will "100 percent" play this year.
Willson Contreras pulled no punches with his response.
What a JOKE 🙃— Willson Contreras (@WContreras40) June 15, 2020
Jason Kipnis rhetorically asked NBA commissioner Adam Silver, who has a solid relationship with players, what he's up to. Steven Souza asked whether baseball could bring Bud Selig - Manfred's predecessor - back as commissioner.
Dear Adam Silver,— Jason Kipnis (@TheJK_Kid) June 15, 2020
... you up?
- MLB Players
Can we bring Bud Selig back?— Steven Souza Jr. (@SouzaJr) June 15, 2020
Anthony Rizzo is ready to play ball.
Tell us when and where! We are ready!— Anthony Rizzo (@ARizzo44) June 16, 2020
Yu Darvish poked fun at Manfred's guarantee from last week, then posting a photo of Popeyes fried chicken. He followed that with a screenshot of his own October tweet, which translates in English to "Eat fried chicken until death."
Darvish clarified the meaning of that statement on Twitter in October.
His twitter name is fried chicken, and he said some weird things to me, so I told him to eat fried chicken for every meal until he dies— ダルビッシュ有(Yu Darvish) (@faridyu) October 11, 2019
The players union ended financial negotiations with MLB over the weekend, asking the league to tell them "when and where" to report for the season. Manfred has the ability to mandate a schedule in the range of 50 games, per a March agreement between the two sides.
Canceling the season over financial haggling amid a pandemic would be a horrible look for MLB, and playing some semblance of one is better optically than the alternative. Reds starter Trevor Bauer shared his theory behind Manfred's comments in a lengthy Twitter thread.