There has been a lot of talk about money over the past few days, with some baseball experts suggesting players should agree to take a pay cut, while others are simply painting them as greedy, and no one seems at all interested in mentioning that the billionaire team owners are not the ones putting themselves at risk by taking the field.
Two particular stories stood out, the first being former Yankee Mark Teixiera going on the show Get Up to lambaste the brotherhood of players he once belonged to. Among the sentiments mentioned in the article by Andrew Bucholtz, Teixiera said, “I would rather make pennies on the dollar and give hope to people and play baseball than not make anything and lose an entire year off their career.”
Pretty easy thing to say for someone who can safely watch the games at home and isn’t risking his family or his own health.
The other most-shared topic of money came courtesy of Cy Young winning pitcher Blake Snell of the Tampa Bay Rays. On a live Twitch stream, Snell seemed to have the exact opposite stance from Teixiera as he said, “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. I gotta get my money. I’m not playing unless I get mine, okay?” (as reported by Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times)
It’s hard to say who is right and who is wrong, but it doesn’t seem to be as clear-cut as plain greed when personal safety is on the line.
- Alden Gonzalez spoke to Dan Kurtz about the enormous uptick in traffic on his KBO site.
- Once Red Sox pitching coach Dave Bush played in the KBO, he spoke to Jason Mastrodonato about his fond memories.
- Catch up on the happenings of the potential new Angels stadium in this piece from Bill Shaikin.
- It’s not often we have amusing Astros stories lately, so this history piece by Jake Kaplan about an Astros GM trolling umpires on the scoreboard is a lot of fun. (The Athletic subscription required.)
- A five-round draft is stupid, let Craig Edwards explain why.
- Henry Schulman asks, “Should MLB just call the 2020 season a wash and come back in 2021 when they’ve got their business in order?”
- It’s strange days for everyone, including broadcasters like Fox Sports and ESPN, reports Andrew Marchand.
- From Travis Sawchik at FiveThirtyEight, there’s doubt as to whether the players and owners will be able to come to an agreement together.
- On Wednesday we talked a bit about Armando Galarraga’s would-be perfect game, and now baseball commentary enthusiast Jomboy has his take on it.
And tomorrow will be a better day than today, Buster. Make it so.