UKRAINE - 2021/08/30: In this photo illustration a Major League Baseball (MLB) logo is seen on a smartphone screen. (Photo Illustration by Pavlo Gonchar/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

UKRAINE – 2021/08/30: In this photo illustration a Major League Baseball (MLB) logo is seen on a smartphone screen. (Photo Illustration by Pavlo Gonchar/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

After an article misrepresented what Jeff Passan reported about the MLB lockout, ESPN’s MLB insider took to Twitter to set the record straight.

ESPN’s Jeff Passan is a respected, knowledgeable reporter covering Major League Baseball for the Worldwide Leader in Sports. He’s good at what he does and is a great source of information for anyone trying to keep up with the sport. That includes stuff like the MLB lockout, which is unfortunately continuing on and keeping baseball from happening.

The lockout is still around after negotiations broke down earlier Thursday. Passan provided details about what went down, but apparently his tweets weren’t clear enough as the information he provided was ultimately misrepresented.

And so, Passan made sure everything was straightened out and that he wasn’t misquoted anywhere.

I most certainly did not report that. So please fix your headline, delete your tweet or take me entirely out of this poor excuse for whatever you’re trying to do.

— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) January 13, 2022

The tweet Passan responded to no longer exists, so what did it say?

The article in question has also been scrubbed from existence. It’s simply not on the internet any longer. If you go to the URL where it once existed, it’s no longer there.

So, what did Passan report?

MLB lockout update: Jeff Passan sets record straight on MLB lockout reporting

According to Passan, Both sides reportedly sat down to address the lockout. This would be the first time in 2022 that they’d come together. MLB made some sort of proposal, but it doesn’t appear that it was actually a serious one as folks on both sides of the issue apparently believed the deal wouldn’t actually be made today.

And, well, the talks ended with no real progress. Now, according to Passan, the baseball world will await a response from the MLBPA on the matter.

Baseball labor update: There is no deal. There never was going to be one today. MLB made a proposal. The reaction among the players was not positive. Few on either side expected it to be. The question is how soon the MLBPA counters. Spring training starting on time is in peril.

— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) January 13, 2022

Generally, if a proposal is being made and nobody expects it to go over well, it’s probably not going to be a proposal that solves the issue at hand. And it seems like everyone will wait for a response from the union and hopefully some sort of progress to be made along with it.

This is very important to understand: Bargaining is not linear. Sometimes it’s big proposals. Others it’s incremental. The union will counter — likely sooner than later.

This is a long process. Significant progress before March 1, when games are threatened, could be minimal.

— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) January 13, 2022

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