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MLB players troll league after removing photos due to lockout originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago
As of Thursday morning, Major League Baseball has officially entered into a lockout.
As a result, MLB has removed all images of active players from their official website following the lockout announcement, and the players are not happy about it.
The league is not allowed to use any player's name, image, or likeness in any capacity on all online sites. That means that if you take a look at a MLB team's official website, or MLB.com, it looks different.
The players decided to stand in trolling solidarity and change their current Twitter avatars to the same faceless photos that are currently being used on the website.
Some A+ trolling here from @itsFatherJoe44, @JTaillon50 and @MeLlamoTrevor changing their profile pictures to the blank avatars https://t.co/cML1faFwBH is using in lieu of player images, which it has scrubbed from its website in the wake of the lockout. pic.twitter.com/sp59sRacce
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) December 2, 2021
Cubs' Ian Happ participated in using the blank avatar.
Dane Dunning even had some fun editing his blank avi. Dunning was a part of a Chicago White Sox trade to Rangers for Lance Lynn last year December.
Pirate's Trevor Williams tweeted how amazing it was to see players stand in solidarity.
It’s amazing to see players around the league change their avi in solidarity. MLB can take away our image but never our LIKENESS!
— Trevor Williams (@MeLlamoTrevor) December 2, 2021
Not only were images removed but current stories were replaced with content about Hall of Famers, retired players and moments in franchise history.
— Pete Abraham (@PeteAbe) December 2, 2021
But it doesn’t stop there. Teams are being forced to remove signage from ballparks that feature players.
— Travis Hughes (@_travishughes) December 2, 2021
In a press conference that was held on Thursday, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said these changes are a result of a legal issue about labor law.