MLB pitcher Blake Snell: I will not risk my life and take a pay cut
MIAMI: Tampa Bay Rays star pitcher Blake Snell he says risking his life playing Major League Baseball During the coronavirus pandemic for a reduced salary it just isn't worth it.
The 27-year-old left-hander said Wednesday on his Twitch social media channel that he was concerned about possible long-term health damage if he contracted the deadly virus he prevented. MLB since it opened in March as planned.
The risk is much higher and the amount of money I earn is much lower. Why the hell would he think of doing that? Snell said.
Not worth it. I love baseball and that, but it's just not worth it.
MLB has pitched a reopening plan to the MLB Players Association, but wants players to take a further pay cut from the pro-rated rates agreed upon in April for a season expected to be shortened to about 82 games per club - if it can be played at all.
That's a step too far for Snell, the 2018 American League Cy Young Award winner as the best pitcher with 21 major league wins.
For me, taking a pay cut is not happening, because the risk is through the roof, Snell said.
It is a shorter season. Less salary. I have to get my money. I'm not playing unless I get mine. So it is for me. Sorry if you guys think differently.
The Wall Street Journal and ESPN reported Thursday that MLB has given the players union a detailed safety plan that includes all players, managers, umpires and staff virus-tested multiple times a week, with results available within 24 hours.
Despite the lack of daily testing, teams would not be quarantined if a player tested positive, but rather closely monitored and given rapid test results to try to contain any major outbreaks within a club.
Spitting would be prohibited in stadiums with locker rooms and other areas reconfigured for social distancing, some players sitting in empty stands.
MLB was confident it could obtain enough tests for personnel without an impact on medical workers.
The MLB plan counts upon all involved to practice social distancing and other safeguards away from teammates.
Snell, who was set to make $ 7 million for the 2020 campaign, ripped MLB 's plan for a 50-50 split of reduced revenues this year, sharing financial losses with players while extra profits went unshared in better times.
You all must understand. Everyone is going to say, 'Blake plays for the love of the game, man. What's wrong? Why should that be a thing? 'Snell said on Twitch.
Brother, I am risking my life. What do you mean, it shouldn't be a thing? It should be 100% one thing. If I go to play, I should receive the money I signed to get paid.
I shouldn't get half of what they pay me because the season was cut in half, plus a 33% cut from the half that's already there, so I'm really getting, like, 25%.
On top of that, he is collecting taxes. So imagine how much I'm winning to play, you know what I'm saying?
All that money is gone and now I play risking my life. And if you give me the 'rona (virus), guess what happens to that? That stays. That is in my body forever. That damage that was done to my body, that is I will be there forever. So now I have to play with that.
In post-Tampa Bay Times text messages, Snell said his stance is on safety and health rather than money, saying that the owners of salary cuts want it super frustrating because players are much more at risk.
I mean, honestly, it's scary to risk my life for COVID-19, as well as not knowing and spreading it to others, Snell told the newspaper.
I just want everyone to be healthy and return to our normal lives because I know I miss mine.