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MLB pitcher Blake Snell says he won't play if salary is reduced
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Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Blake Snell has decided he will sit out this season if the MLB's reduced salary proposal is successful, explaining that the pay cut, coupled with the already prevalent risk of catching the novel coronavirus, is “just not worth it,” he said on social media.
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Snell made the comments, which were first reported by ESPN, on Wednesday during a livestream on Amazon-owned Twitch, where he slammed MLB for the new revenue proposal.
"For me to take a pay cut is not happening, because the risk is through the roof," Snell said. "No, I gotta get my money. I'm not playing unless I get mine, OK?… the risk is way the hell higher and the amount of money I'm making is way lower. Why would I think about doing that?"
Owners gave the go-ahead Monday for a proposal that players receive the percentage of their 2020 salaries based on a 50-50 split of revenues MLB receives during the regular season and postseason, a person familiar with that plan told the Associated Press earlier this week.