Rays Pitcher Blake Snell recently made comments saying that he has no desire to take a pay cut for MLB during the coronavirus pandemic. With MLB players and owners at odds during this unprecedented times, SI's Robin Lundberg explains why this news is the latest example of why fans could care less and the financial hurdles in professional sports.
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Robin Lundberg: In a time where it is nearly impossible to reach a consensus on anything, it seems everyone is in agreement on one thing, no one wants to hear about baseball players and team owners fighting over money. Keep it behind closed doors. Shut up, all of you. That goes for Scott Boras, Blake Snell, Bryce Harper and every single owner. Safety concerns are one thing, salary ones another. Of course, Snell’s comments saying “I’m not splitting no revenue. I want all mine”...and continuing…”Money should not be a thing.’ Bro, I’m risking my life. What do you mean, ‘It should not be a thing?’ It 100% should be a thing.” are just the latest example.
And while Snell has a point regarding what players are going out there and risking vs what already wealthy owners risk losing, it’s not one that is going to resonate with the general public at the moment when people are losing their jobs left and right. NBA commissioner Adam Silver reportedly called this the greatest challenge of our lifetime and he’s probably correct. Which is going to have to lead to compromises somewhere. So, if MLB is attempting to play ball, now is not the time for Moneyball, at least not publicly.