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COVID-19: MLB Star Says He's Not 'Risking His Life' to Play For Less Money

Blake Snell: “I’m not splitting no revenue, I want all of mine. Bro, ya’ll gotta understand too, cause ya’ll gonna be like ‘bro, Blake, play for the love of the game! Man, what’s wrong with you! Money should not be a thing!’ Bro, I’m risking my life, what do you mean money isn’t a thing? It 100% should be a thing. If I’m going to play, I should be getting the money that I signed to get paid. I should not be getting half of what I’m getting paid cause the season is cut in half, and on top of a 33% cut of the half that’s already there. So, I’m really only getting like 25%. On top of that, it’s getting taxed, so imagine how much I’m actually making to play? You know what I’m saying? I ain’t making sh*t, and on top of all of that money gone, now I play risking my life. And if I get the rona, guess what happens with that? Oh yea, that’s in my body forever. The damage that was done to my body is going to be there forever, so now I have to play with that on top. For me to take a paycut is not happening because the risk is through the roof… I’m not playing unless I get mine… In my head I’m preparing for next season.” (Full Video Above)

Listen to MLB All-Star pitcher Blake Snell voice his objections to Major League Baseball’s recent revenue split proposal, as Snell said in a livestream video on Twitch that he’s not ‘risking his life’ to play for half his contract in a season that would be only 82 games, and roughly half the length of a normal 162-game season.

MLBPA head Tony Clark has said the players will not agree to anything resembling a salary cap, and told The Athletic “the league is trying to take advantage of a global health crisis.”

Major League Baseball has been extremely optimistic in their belief they could have their regular season underway by July 1st, but that belief seems to be hanging in the balance, as the owners and players remain at a standstill during a season which could see zero stadium attendance all year from the coronavirus pandemic, and thus far fewer revenue.

Snell is 27-years-old and won the American League Cy Young Award in 2018 with the Tampa Bay Rays. He was set to make $7 million in 2020.

Check out the video above as Snell says he already preparing for ‘next season.’

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