Arizona Diamondbacks scrub website of current players amid MLB lockout – AZCentral.com

Frequent visitors of the Arizona Diamondbacks’ website, dbacks.com, may have noticed some huge changes to the website from Wednesday to Thursday.

The team removed all references and photos of current players from its site after the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the league and its players expired.

The homepage of the team’s website now features more evergreen content, such as the Diamondbacks’ all-time single-season team and the 10 biggest trades in Arizona history.

It does not include any recent transactions, such as the team’s agreement with reliever Mark Melancon, which was reached before the CBA expired on Wednesday.

A story on the team’s site explains the shift in content:

It says: “You may notice that the content on this site looks a little different than usual. The reason for this is because the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the players and the league expired just before midnight on Dec. 1 and a new CBA is currently being negotiated between the owners and the MLBPA. Until a new agreement is reached, there will be limitations on the type of content we display. As a result, you will see a lot more content that focuses on the game’s rich history. Once a new agreement is reached, the up-to-the minute news and analysis you have come to expect will continue as usual.”

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The Diamondbacks are not alone in the changes to its website. The other MLB team sites and MLB.com underwent similar transformations when the MLB lockout began.

This is the league’s first work stoppage since 1994-95.

The league’s 30 owners voted to lock out players beginning Thursday after the CBA expired.

Commissioner Rob Manfred, at the behest of owners, will freeze all league business until an agreement is reached. That means no trades, no free-agent signings and no players allowed inside club facilities.

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Manfred released a letter to fans on MLB.com and the MLB team sites blaming the players for the stoppage.

He wrote: “This defensive lockout was necessary because the Players Association’s vision for Major League Baseball would threaten the ability of most teams to be competitive,” says Manfred, who helms a league that’s seen 21 of 30 franchises reach the World Series since 2001. “It’s simply not a viable option. From the beginning, the MLBPA has been unwilling to move from their starting position, compromise, or collaborate on solutions.

“…Regrettably, it appears the Players Association came to the bargaining table with a strategy of confrontation over compromise. They never wavered from collectively the most extreme set of proposals in their history, including significant cuts to the revenue-sharing system, a weakening of the competitive balance tax, and shortening the period of time that players play for their teams. All of these changes would make our game less competitive, not more.”

USA TODAY Sports’ Gabe Lacques and Bob Nightengale contributed to this story.

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