Several Reds alter their social media profile pics amid MLB lockout

Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher Art Warren (77) reacts.
Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher Art Warren (77) reacts. / David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

In case you haven't seen it, there's a bit of a trend among players amid the MLB lockout. Several players, including a few on the Cincinnati Reds roster, have changed their social media profile pic.

Art Warren, Tejay Antone, and Jeff Hoffman have all changed the profile picture on their Twitter accounts to reflect the images now found alongside their names on the team's website.

Several Reds changed their profile pics amid MLB lockout.

You will notice, if you peruse any official team website or, that all images and likenesses of any Major League Baseball player has been removed.

No longer is a popup banner featuring NL Rookie of the Year, Jonathan India, inviting you to buy Cincinnati Reds season tickets.

Generic images have popped up all over official team websites throughout MLB and every website offers a note about the limited content being displayed during the MLB lockout.

In a show of solidarity with the MLB Player's Association, several players throughout Major League Baseball have banned together and changed their profile picture on their social media accounts.

The new images reflect the current avatar featured on the team websites which are basically little more than a grey shadow that appears to be the outline of a baseball player wearing a ball cap.

Reds right-handed reliever Art Warren teasingly suggested that it looks as though someone hit him with 'Grey Spell" from the Disney movie Halloweentown.

A trio of former Pittsburgh Pirates, Jameson Taillon, Joe Musgrove, and Trevor Williams got in on the act as well.

Atlanta Braves hurler Tyler Matzek has garnered a lot of attention on social media for his recent post comparing MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred to the snake "Hiss" from Disney's Robin Hood.

There's a bit of gamesmanship and tomfoolery in all of this, but the bottomline is that the owners and the Player's Association are rather far apart on many issues.

Until a new collective bargaining agreement is put in place, Reds fans should not expect to see their favorite team using the name, image, and likeness of their players.

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The MLB lockout has ground the very active offseason to a virtual halt. I don't expect this deadlock to resolve itself anytime soon.