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MLB Bullets says “Show me the money!”

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Are players rightly nervous or just being greedy?

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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.

And tomorrow will be a better day than today, Buster. Make it so.