Major League Baseball and its players union are currently at a stalemate when it comes to plans for restarting the 2020 season amid a worldwide pandemic — both economically and logistically.
The owners' proposed 50-50 revenue split has irked the players, and Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Blake Snell is no exception. He explained that, with the inherent risk of injury in addition to the coronavirus, players should not take that deal, while also critiquing the argument that baseball should return for society's sake.
"I'm not splitting no revenue, I want all mine," Snell said on his Twitch channel Wednesday. "Bro, you all got to understand, too, you're all like, 'Play for the love of the game, man, what's wrong with you?'"
"I'm risking my life. What do you mean it should not be a thing? It should 100 percent be a thing. If I'm playing, I should be getting paid what I signed to play (for). I should not be getting half of what I'm getting paid because the season's cut in half, on top of the 33 percent cut of the half that's already there, so I'm really getting 25 percent. On top of that, it's getting taxed. So imagine how much I'm actually making to play, you know what I'm saying? … I ain't making (expletive)."
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Here’s Blake Snell discussing MLB’s revenue split proposal this afternoon on Twitch. pic.twitter.com/CCyCai42Aj
In March, players agreed to a prorated salary for 2020. With MLB attempting to play between 78-82 games this season, players would make half. The 50-50 revenue split would be a further reduction; Snell was set to originally make $7 million in 2020 as part of his five-year, $50 million contract.
"So all that money's gone, and now I play risking my life," the 2018 Cy Young winner continued. "If I get the (coronavirus), guess what happens with that? That stays with me forever, that's in my body forever. The damage that was done to my body, that's going to be there forever.
"Y'all got to understand, for me to take a pay cut, it's not happening, because the risk is through the roof, it's a shorter season, less pay. Yeah, man, I got to get my money. I'm not playing unless I get mine, OK? That's just the way it is for me. I'm sorry if you guys think differently, but the risk is way higher, and the money I'm making is way lower. So why would I think about doing that? So, I'm sorry."
Snell wasn't the only frontline starter airing grievances Wednesday. Cincinnati Reds right-hander Trevor Bauer called MLB's return-to-play proposal "laughable." Snell said he's prepared to spring back into action, but part of his mentality has already shifted to 2021.
"It's super weird," he said.
Snell wrapped up his thoughts: "It just doesn't make sense to me to lose all of that money, and then go play, and then be on lockdown, not around my family, not around the people I love, and get paid way-the-hell less.
"It's not worth it. It's just not. I love baseball to death, it's just not worth it."
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