Former Toronto Blue Jays hurler Marcus Stroman took to social media earlier today informing his followers that a season does not look promising.
In what should be no surprise to anyone, former Blue Jays personality Marcus Stroman chimed in on the current state of the baseball season on Twitter. Stroman is notorious for pulling no punches and voicing his opinion on social media and today was no exception.
According to Jon Heyman of the MLB Network, the MLB made a proposal to the MLBPA that is consistent with the economic realities facing the sport and was looking forward to a responsive rebuttal from the players association.
There will undoubtedly be some back and forth between the two sides before a deal gets sorted out, however, recent comments from Blake Snell and now Stroman create cause for concern.
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Recently, Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Blake Snell voiced his concern about playing this season and flat out stated he would not take a pay cut. Snell took a ton of heat for the comments but it made me wonder how many other players around the league felt the same way but just weren’t equipped with the same intestinal fortitude to come out publicly with their opinions.
Everything always comes down to the almighty dollar and these negotiations will be no exception. MLB owners are already forecasting they will lose in excess of $640,000 per game if fans are not permitted to attend games.
The Blue Jays in particular won’t even be permitted to play in their home country, let alone stadium. The current border restrictions will force Toronto to play their home games in Dunedin in the event a season does get underway.
There is still lots of work to be done on both sides, but you can read between the lines and assume the players association was not happy with the current proposal that was hurled their way. Thankfully, we have the likes of the “Stro-Show” to keep us in the loop.