Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY
Published 1:00 p.m. ET May 15, 2020 | Updated 1:01 p.m. ET May 15, 2020
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Blake Snell isn’t the only Major League Baseball player concerned with a potential revenue split with the owners if baseball does come back this year. Several fellow stars agree with the Tampa Bay Rays lefty, including Bryce Harper.
The Philadelphia Phillies slugger said Thursday on his Twitch channel that Snell’s comments were not off base.
“He ain’t lying. He’s speaking the truth, bro,” Harper said. “I ain’t mad at him. Somebody’s gotta say it, at least he manned up and said it. Good for him. I love Snell, the guy’s a beast. One of the best lefties in the game.”
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On Wednesday, Snell delivered an explanation as to why baseball players may be apprehensive when it comes to playing an abridged season amid the coronavirus pandemic.
“Y’all got to understand, for me to take a pay cut, it’s not happening, because the risk is through the roof, it’s a shorter season, less pay,” Snell said. “Yeah, man, I got to get my money. I’m not playing unless I get mine, OK? That’s just the way it is for me. I’m sorry if you guys think differently, but the risk is way higher, and the money I’m making is way lower. So why would I think about doing that? So, I’m sorry.”
Harper, who signed a 13-year, $330 million deal with the Phillies last offseason, isn’t the only one who voiced his support of Snell on Thursday. Nolan Arenado of the Colorado Rockies told The Athletic, “(Snell) made a lot of good points.”
“I think he was being honest, just being real,” Arenado, who is on an eight-year contract worth $260 million, told The Athletic. “There are some points he made that were true, that are facts. A lot of it gets misperceived. Trying to get the public to understand us, it’s not going to work very well in our favor.”