Stroman: ‘Manclown' needs to ‘stop ruining' baseball


New Cubs starter Marcus Stroman took aim at MLB commissioner Rob Manfred on Twitter as an on-time start to the regular season appears in jeopardy due to MLB's lockout.

Stroman tweeted Sunday Manfred needs to "figure it out" and "stop ruining the game of baseball." 

Teams are scheduled to report to spring training next week but a delay is inevitable. There have been no reports of significant progress on key issues during contentious labor negotiations between MLB and the players union since the league implemented the lockout on Dec. 2.

The two sides have met four times since the lockout began, the first meeting coming last month — over 40 days after the lockout started.

Last week the union declined MLB's federal mediation request, releasing a statement that reads in part, "The clearest path to a fair and timely agreement is to get back to the table. Players stand ready to negotiate."

MLB also released a statement regarding the rejected mediation request.

MORE: Players union rejects MLB's federal mediation request

Stroman, who has been vocal on Twitter in recent weeks, isn't alone among players criticizing Manfred.

Said Mets reliever Trevor May in a livestream on his Twitch channel this past weekend: "This is not going to be a good-faith negotiation. Not a single negotiation with [Manfred] has been in good faith. He doesn't do good-faith things."

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