Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo pulled no punches Friday describing negotiations between Major League Baseball and the players union to resume play amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
"I think it's just flat-out embarrassing for me to be searching through Twitter and seeing the updates because that's how fast they got out there," Rizzo told reporters in Friday's Zoom session. "There's a lot of leaks on [MLB's] side, seems like there was leaks whenever we sent in a proposal, to the point where it kind of turned into a joke with the media battle."
The squabbling between MLB and the MLBPA continued into late June before commissioner Rob Manfred unilaterally imposed a 60-game season. Rizzo pointed out how billionaires and millionaires fighting over money during a pandemic is a bad look, and many have speculated baseball's fan interest could take a hit in the short- and perhaps long-term.
Rizzo believes MLB has an opportunity to capture a new generation of fans during this unique 60-game season, however.
"But when it's all said and done and baseball's on the field and we play with our emotion like we know how to do, that's how we're gonna capture a new fan base through this tough time," he said.