Blake Snell #4 of the Tampa Bay Rays celebrates his team's win.

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Dunlap: MLB Players Better Realize Consequences

Colin Dunlap
May 14, 2020 - 11:18 am
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This has to have a good ending. It just has to. 

Or else Major League Baseball --- and especially the players --- will come out looking super, super, super bad here. 

That’s just the way it always works out. No one will care to look at or take a deep dive into the particulars. No, when there is a labor dispute or a disagreement about money in professional sports, it will always come down to the same thing as far as the American sports-consuming population is concerned …  

They will always just say “you get rich playing a sport – shut up and take the money and get out there and play.” 

That’s the way it always is. 

Many times, such an assertion is wrong. Many times, I side with the players who are often in a grossly inferior position than the owners. 

This isn’t many times. 

This is a unique time both in sports and society. 

This is a time where we could see unemployment rates hit numbers akin to the Great Depression. 

This is a time where people who were on firm financial footing just a few months ago and had vacations and the such planned for this summer are now worried about where their next meal might be coming from. 

Yeah, it is that bad for the Everyday Joe in America right now. 

Then you got this Blake Snell character. 

My, what a terrible look. 

How out of touch. How ridiculous. 

The Tampa pitcher is apparently not planning on playing in 2020 for a 50/50 revenue split (if it comes to that) because the Rays ace currently in the second season of a five-year, $50 million contract will be just too damn oppressed by having to take a paycut. 

“Y'all gotta understand, man, for me to go -- for me to take a pay cut is not happening, because the risk is through the roof," Snell said on Twitch. "It's a shorter season, less pay.

"I gotta get my money. I'm not playing unless I get mine, OK? And that's just the way it is for me. Like, I'm sorry you guys think differently, but 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?”

You don’t have to think about doing it, Blake. 

Heck, you don’t have to do it. Don’t take one red cent less than what you are worth if you feel that way. 

But know this as we are in times most of us have never seen before and might never see again: If the deciding factor as to why there is no baseball season this year is money, you will be looked at as a greedy and gluttonous pig. That’s just the way it is. 

Your words will be remembered for a long, long time as emblematic of the entitled and disconnected athlete. 

If there is no baseball, the players will be the ones who get blamed. And, more so, a lot of people in this country might move on from baseball for good. Many fans might look at players unwilling to take a paycut when so many other Americans had to as an unforgiveable sin. 

This is a time that calls for extreme measures because, well, it is an extreme time. 

Blake Snell and his brethren can do what they wish --- but they better understand the ramifications if they don’t compromise.