MESA, Arizona – As Blake Treinen pondered whether major league players would be ready to go with reduced spring training, he just needed to remember what he had just seen from his Dodgers teammate Brusdar Graterol.
“I just saw a teammate throw 100,” Treinen said, “so I feel like we’re going to be fine.”
The Dodgers relievers were two out of a dozen Major League players working in the facilities that the players union opened to all Major League players who want to work together while waiting for the blockade to end. Graterol faced batsmen while Treinen threw a bullpen session.
The complex on the outskirts of the Phoenix area has artificial turf fields and what Seattle Mariners gardener Mitch Haniger described Tuesday as “the best gym I’ve ever trained.”
Players scattered across the four fields during the morning, while their representatives continued to meet with Major League Baseball executives in New York.
The two sides hope to reach an agreement that will put an end to the blockade, which has been going on for more than three months. Tuesday was the 96th.
“I want an agreement to be made,” San Francisco Giants gardener Austin Slater said. “I hope the owners want an agreement to be made. As players, we are still on our toes. We want something that is an equitable part of the pie. That’s all we’re asking for right now. Hopefully there’s movement today. If not, let’s stay until there is “.
Chicago White Sox quarterback Liam Hendriks has acknowledged the tight schedule. Although Commissioner Rob Manfred canceled the first week of the regular season last week, there was hope on Tuesday that a quick deal could give time for those games to be rescheduled.
League officials said a four-week spring training is the minimum. Haniger said he would only need two or three weeks, but admitted that pitchers need more. Treinen suggested that three or four weeks might be enough, because that’s what the players had in 2020.
The sooner the lock is completed, the faster they can begin to heal the game. All players were disappointed, however.
“You feel for the fans,” Treinen said. “I’ve been a fan for a long time than a player, so I put myself in his shoes. I know people can judge and say the money factor on both sides. We want fans in the stands. And we want the season to pass because we miss them. Fans make great baseball. We’re just trying to do good for those (players) ahead of us. “
After the players’ strike in 1994-95, attendance was delayed. The sport began returning in 1998, when Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa fought an epic home run duel, one that was later shown to be steroid-fueled.
“I don’t know if we’ll have another era of steroids to save the game,” Slater said. “If you look back at ’95, ’96, attendance went down, fans were less interested. Baseball became the biggest sport in America. But the league was lucky. There was a homer chase like no one had ever seen before. I can’t predict the future. Maybe it will happen again. But I would say the chances are very low. “
Dodgers right-hander Trevor Bauer, who was sacked last season pending an investigation into an alleged sexual assault, made a brief appearance Tuesday at the Bureau complex. Bauer, who was acquitted of criminal charges, declined to speak to reporters. He played catch-up, signed autographs and recorded some videos, presumably for his personal social media. ⁇
Former Angels right-hander JC Ramirez, now a free agent, threw a bullpen session. After the Angels released Ramirez, he launched last year in Taiwan. Ramirez said he is completely healthy and hopes to return to adulthood. ⁇
Right-hander Janson Junk was the only Angels player on a list of those expected to participate in the Mesa camp, although a union official said the list was fluid. Players come and go without a formal schedule.
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