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Irritated MLB players band together on social media after denying mediation

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The Major League Baseball Players Association rejected MLB's request for federal mediation on Friday, leading to a large contingent of players irritated with the league's negotiating tactics during the work stoppage.

Max Scherzer, Zack Britton, and James Paxton - three of the eight players who make up the MLBPA's executive subcommittee - tweeted their frustrations moments after the union announced the rejection.

A number of their peers commented on the situation as well, most of whom tagged their posts with #AtTheTable.

While some players were blunt with their responses about the lockout, others like Ian Happ, Steven Souza, and Trevor Williams poked fun at the contentious situation.

Even former big-league pitcher Dallas Braden got involved by lashing out at the league in a video, calling MLB's negotiating tactics "laughable."

MLB and its players have been in a work stoppage since the last collective bargaining agreement expired on Dec. 1. The two sides have made little progress in negotiations since, putting the mid-February start of spring training in jeopardy.

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