In the last few months and especially in the last 2+ months because of the MLB lockout, MLB players have been taken to social media to express their discontent with MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred. Former Colorado Rockies reliever and 2021 World Series Champion Tyler Matzek has been one of the biggest voices against Manfred in recent weeks but this time, one of Matzek’s former teammates is the voice this time.
Former Colorado Rockies catcher Dustin Garneau took to Twitter late on Thursday night in response to the reports from earlier in the day that MLB wants a federal mediator for negotiations.
Former Colorado Rockies catcher Dustin Garneau didn’t need PhotoShop but he got his point across
Catcher Dustin Garneau, who played for the Colorado Rockies in the majors or minors from 2009 through 2017 and again in 2021, posted this altered picture of Rob Manfred on Twitter in response to MLB owners wanting a federal mediator for negotiations.
Garneau is one of the fortunate players this offseason as he already is with a team as he is currently with the Detroit Tigers as they tendered him a contract before the lockout put an embargo on transactions on December 2.
Garneau started the season out with the Detroit Tigers in Triple-A Toledo as a backup catcher but they released him in mid-July. Within a week, the Rockies signed him as a depth piece in Triple-A. However, he was only with Albuquerque for a little under a month (where he played in 11 games) but the Tigers purchased him from the Rockies by the end of August.
The Tigers immediately called him up to the majors, where he hit .210/.250/.581 with an OPS+ of 123 with six homers and 11 RBI in 20 games.
Since players are barred from talking to the media on the record, Twitter is one way that makes this lockout different than the last MLB work stoppage (in 1994-95). Now, we can see what players think from themselves on social media, and as long as the lockout is still in place and, frankly, as long as Manfred is still commissioner, MLB players will be chastising him on social media, and for good reason.