More and more MLB players have descended upon the MLBPA’s temporary training facility in Mesa, Arizona. Dodgers reliever Blake Treinen is among the group of players training at the fully staffed facility while the lockout rolls along.
In an interview with The Orange County Register’s Bill Plunkett, Treinen commiserated with the scores of baseball fans who are understandably irked by the current state of the MLB.
“You feel for the fans. I’ve been a fan longer than I’ve been a player, so I put myself in their shoes. I know people can judge and say the money factor from both sides. We want fans in the stands. And we want the season to happen because we miss them. Fans make baseball great. We’re just trying to do right for those (players) ahead of us.”
Treinen’s comments align with those of fellow big leaguers Anthony Rizzo and Mike Trout. In their opinion, the MLBPA’s continued opposition to the league on key issues is about helping future generations of MLB players.
Plunkett also asked Treinen about whether or not players would be prepared for the regular season with a shortened spring training if a deal is reached. Treinen made reference to his Dodgers teammate Brusdar Graterol, who’s also working out at the MLBPA facility, in his reponse.
“I just saw a teammate over there throwing 100 so I feel like we’re going to be OK.”
Last season, Treinen posted a 1.99 ERA and a 0.98 WHIP. He was one of the best relievers in baseball. It was his finest season since his other-worldly 2018 with the Oakland A’s. ESPN’s Buster Olney ranked Treinen as the fourth-best reliever in baseball heading into the 2022 season.
If the Dodgers don’t re-sign Kenley Jansen, there’s a strong chance that Treinen could be a major part of a closer-by-committee approach.
But before any of that happens, there needs to be fans in the stands and players on the field.
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