20 May 2020, 23:34 IST changed
Major League Baseball is working on plans to start the 2020 season, but Tampa Bay Rays star Calcy Blake Snell is counting on not being paid in full.
Excluding protection against coronavirus epidemics, one of the biggest obstacles in the way of starting the season is paying players.
In late March, the MLB and the Players’ Association agreed to an agreement that would provide players with a protracted share of their salaries based on part of the 122-game season.
Teams are now saying they will lose money if they play games without fans in empty ballparks and owners are now asking for a 50-50 split in revenue.
If Snell doesn’t get everything he already agreed on, he won’t pick baseball.
“I’m not splitting any revenue. I want all I have,” Snell said in a twitch. “Bro, you understand, too, because you’re always going to be like this:‘ Bro, play for the love of the game.
“Man, what’s wrong with you, brother? Meaning shouldn’t be a thing. ‘Brother, I’m risking my life. What do you mean,’ It shouldn’t be a thing? ‘It should be a hundred percent thing.”
The 2018 ALC Young Award winner added: “You have to understand, my, for me to go, my salary cut isn’t happening, because the risk is through the roof, it’s a low-paying salary in a short season.
“I’ll get my money, I’m not playing if I don’t get it, okay? And it’s just right for me. Like, I’m sorry you guys think differently, but the risk is that the higher the amount of hell I’m making, the less money I’m making. Why should I think about it? As you know, I’m fine, I’m sorry. “
Entering the second year of the five-year, $ 50 million, Snell was originally set to make 7 million in 2020. He’s coming off a disappointing 2019, where he went 6-8 with a 4.29 ERA at the start of the 23rd while spending two in the league in 2018. Months on the injured list after going 21-5 with a top 1.89 ERA.
Although Snail’s biggest argument for not playing with the money was, the left-hander was concerned about his health and many unknown things surrounding the coronavirus.
“If I get Rona [coronavirus]Guess what? Um, of course, yes, I know this, why it’s something known in advance. The damage done to my body will last forever. So now I have to play with that top.
“So, you’ve got it all – I mean – you understand, man, you have to go, the pay cut isn’t happening for me because the risk is through the roof, it’s a short season, low pay.
“Like, bro, this – yes, man, I got it, no, I got my money. I’m not playing if I don’t get mine, okay? And that’s the way I am.
“Like I’m sorry. If you guys think differently, the risk is hell more and the way I make less money. Why would I think about doing it?”