Rays’ Blake Snell Won’t Play For Less Pay [VIDEO]
The reported rift between the MLB players and the MLB owners was confirmed by the Cy Young award-winning ace pitcher of the Tampa Bay Rays. Blake Snell was on his Twitch channel and made it very clear that he has no intention of taking a pay cut to play baseball during the COVID-19 pandemic.
During Snell's appearance on Twitch he laid out the concerns he has when it comes to playing during the Pandemic. Snell feels the risk far out ways the rewards of playing for less than the money he agreed to in his contract.
https://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/29174318/rays-ace-blake-snell-says-refuses-play-reduced-salary says the concerns that Snell broadcast on Twitch are echoed by many other players."No, I gotta get my money. I'm not playing unless I get mine, OK? And that's just the way it is for me. Like, I'm sorry you guys think differently, but the risk is way the hell higher and the amount of money I'm making is way lower. Why would I think about doing that?"
Though I don't agree with Snell's stance here I fully respect it and can understand why he would feel this way. Clearly the burden is on the league to prove they have figured out how to safely return to play. My hopes are that if the MLB can prove the risk is not as high as Snell fears possibly the money won't be such a major issue.