Blake Snell slams MLB coronavirus plan: ‘Risking my life’

Take much less cash to play baseball in 2020? Blake Snell will see you in 2021.

The Rays’ Cy Young Award winner made little secret about how he feels relating to a possible 50-50 income cut up that MLB house owners are anticipated to suggest to the union with a purpose to resume its season, saying it’s “just not worth it” to play on a decreased wage.

“Y’all gotta understand, man, for me to go, for me to take a pay cut is not happening, because the risk is through the roof, it’s a shorter season, less pay,” Snell said Wednesday night on his Twitch channel.

“I gotta get my money. I’m not playing unless I get mine, okay? 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? Like you know, I’m just, I’m sorry.”

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Money is anticipated to be the main level of rivalry between MLB and the Players Association, past simply the well being issues that include re-starting the season within the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. The two sides agreed in March on a deal that will pay the gamers a prorated wage, however with potential video games having no followers, the house owners are searching for additional concessions.

The 27-year-old Snell, who was scheduled to earn $7 million in 2020, later told the Tampa Bay Times he is aware of his feedback could also be perceived as grasping, however insisted in any other case.

“I mean, honestly, it’s just scary to risk my life to get COVID-19 as well as not knowing and spreading it to others,” he texted the newspaper. “I just want everyone to be healthy and get back to our normal lives ’cause I know I miss mine!”

While Snell advised the Times he would take into consideration sitting out the season even when a deal was agreed on, the left-hander indicated on Twitch he’s already “preparing for next season” in his head.

“If I’m gonna play I should be getting the money I signed to be getting paid,” Snell stated. “I shouldn’t be getting half of what I’m getting paid as a result of the season’s reduce in half, on high of a 33% reduce of the half that’s already there — so I’m actually getting, like, 25% — on high of that, it’s getting taxed. So think about how a lot I’m really making to play, you understand what I’m saying?

“Like, I ain’t making s–t. and on top of that — so, all that money’s gone, and now I play risking my life. And if I get the ‘rona — on top of that, if I get the ‘rona — guess what happens with that? Oh yeah, that stays, that’s in my body forever. That damage is not gonna be like — the damage that was done to my body? That’s gonna be there forever.”