Blue Jays: How many others share the same opinion as Blake Snell?
As the Toronto Blue Jays fans remain hopeful for a 2020 season, you have to wonder how many players harbour the same point of view of that of pitcher Blake Snell?
Earlier last week, Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Blake Snell sounded off about his personal stance on the possibility of the playing for less money while risking his safety. Snell towed a hard-line and point blankly said he will sit out the season before taking a pay cut.
The pitcher has been chastised by media and baseball fans alike since the comments, however, how many other MLB’ers support his stance but just do not have the intestinal fortitude to come out publicly and reveal their thoughts.
As you can see in the video below, Snell pulled no punches.
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The MLB and MLBPA have yet to reach a deal and it appears that money is the sticking point with owners reportedly poised to lose $640,000 a game if the games are played in empty stadiums. This may be a tough obstacle to overcome if the MLBPA is not willing to meet owners in the middle on proposed salaries.
Former major leaguer Adam Jones who is now playing in Japan chimed in on the discussion with a recent tweet. Jones pretty much called out the “Big Guys” in the majors to speak up regardless of what they make. You have to figure he was looking in the direction of Mike Trout and other players of his ilk to stand up and support Snell.
Blue Jays players have been pretty quiet on the issue but we should know more when the MLB proposal is put to a vote. It will be interesting to see when push comes to shove if the players are prepared to walk away rather than take a pay cut.
For the sake of the game, I sure hope there is baseball in 2020 and am fully content with an 82 game schedule. Some baseball is better than no baseball.