Players take social-media stand after MLB removed images, stories from website

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Major League Baseball has removed all images and news stories of active players from their official website following the lockout announcement, and the players are not happy.

Several players showed their dissatisfaction with the changes by switching their Twitter avatars to the same faceless photo being used on the website.

Clubs replaced news stories of active players with content about Hall of Famers, retired players, and great moments in franchise history.

Some of the changes led to interesting content appearing as lead stories.

Additionally, promotional items involving current players no longer have names attached. The giveaways have been replaced with generic titles.

During a press conference on Thursday, commissioner Rob Manfred said the changes were made for legal purposes.

MLB entered a lockout after the league and players' union could not agree on a new collective bargaining agreement before Wednesday's deadline, forcing baseball's first work stoppage in 26 years.

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