Astros players are changing their Twitter profile pictures, as Major League Baseball wipes all player photos from online rosters.
If you haven’t been on Twitter today or have been strong enough to not download the application, you are missing out on a new movement from Major League Baseball players, including some Houston Astros.
With the latest Collective Bargaining Agreement expiring on Wednesday, Major League Baseball removed all images, articles and advertisements of current players from all their websites. Some have called it petty, others have pointed out that they can no longer profit off them without a CBA.
But, the teams still sell merchandise that is tied to the players employed by the franchise, so all around, it is a weird situation. What makes it weirder is that MLB removed all the images of players on the roster and replaced them with generic user images.
While many saw it amusing, the players took to Twitter to make it their profile picture in support of the Player’s Association. A few Astros were in that group as Alex Bregman, Martin Maldonado and Ryne Stanek all changed their profile pictures. Even former Astros pitcher and now free agent Collin McHugh joined in.
Here is what the image looks like:
It is a clever trolling from the players, while many look to poke fun at the pettiness of Major League Baseball. Even businesses have jumped on the fun with Apollo Media creating shirts of the image that say “I’m with them.”
Michael Schwab has reported more on the players’ side of the issue, as one anonymous Astros player stated, “[MLB] isn’t interested in negotiating or coming to a reasonable CBA.”
Schwab also reported that MLB wasn’t looking to come out of the most recent meeting with the Player’s Association with a new negotiation. MLB just wanted to look like they were trying, a source with insight on the CBA negotiations told him.