Rob Manfred and Tony Clark have very different takes on the offseason standoff

Four seasons remain on the CBA, but rhetoric has been escalated between owners and players.

You all know this offseason has been quite quiet regarding free-agent signings.

And we now stand just a little more than a week before the first pitcher and catcher workouts for most teams.

You can almost hear the crack of the bat, right?

No, instead you can hear a war of words starting. Tuesday morning, MLB Players Association chief Tony Clark issued this statement:

Statement of #MLBPA Executive Director Tony Clark Regarding the Integrity of the Game

Declaración del Director Ejecutivo de MLBPA Tony Clark Sobre la Integridad del Deporte

— #MLBPA (@MLB_PLAYERS) February 6, 2018

“Race to the bottom”? “The very integrity of our game?” Well, Rob Manfred isn’t having any of that!

Major League Baseball issued the following statement today in response to the comments made by MLBPA Executive Director Tony Clark:

— MLB Communications (@MLB_PR) February 6, 2018

Yikes. Those are fightin’ words, I’d say, and we’re still four seasons away from any potential work stoppage. I’d say these statements upped the chances of that happening by quite a bit. Fortunately, the two sides have four years to calm …Read the Rest

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