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Indianapolis – Indianapolis native and current Tiger Catcher Tucker Barnhart finds himself in a familiar place. Two seasons ago, in the midst of COVID-19 interrupting professional sports around the country Barnhart was the player rep for the Reds, keeping other players in the loop regarding negotiations between the MLB Players Association and the Owners. Fast forward to 2022 the MLBPA and Owners are once again in a lockout that is now officially affecting the 2022 MLB season.

 

February 15th was supposed to the be 1st day pitchers and catchers reported to Spring Training. Instead, according to Barnhart:

 

“the way the other side is going about negotiating, or lack thereof, reminds me a lot of 2020.”

 

While discussing the deadline for when a deal would need to be struck for the MLB regular season to start on time, JMV had to ask, is there anything said in these closed doors meetings between the players and owners that’s entertaining?:

 

“Oh ya it’s great. Max Scherzer for lack of better terms was Mother effing people on there a couple weeks ago. It was good!”

 

With only a couple weeks left before the lockout threatens the start of the scheduled regular season, Barnhart is optimistic that the two side will be able to come to an agreement. If you missed any of Tucker and JMV’s conversation, listen to the podcast below!