If you asked me who my favorite current player is, the finalists would all be triple-threat guys. Guys who can hit, field and run at elite levels are just who I’m into today. That gives us Mike Trout and Andrew McCutchen at the top. A notch down from them is Puig. If Michael Brantley strings together a couple more years like last year he’s up there too. I have a type these days.
Because of time zones I see McCutchen play more than the other guys, so I’d guess he’d be the one I’d have to say is my favorite current player. But if there was any doubt about that before, his answers to these random questions over at The Players’ Tribune may end it.
His least favorite song at the ballpark is “Centerfield.” He calls it “Put me in Coach,” but he clearly means “Centerfield.” It’s horrifying. And it’s played almost every single baseball game you go to, spring or regular season. The guy is subjected to that song pushing 200 times a year, I imagine, and it has to be the worst thing in the world.
Also: I like his favorite sandwich. And his choice of Bugs Bunny as the best cartoon character of all time is objectively correct.
This is why he is an MVP, people.
MLBPA player representative Max Scherzer sent out a short statement late Wednesday night regarding the ongoing negotiations between the owners and the union. On Tuesday, ownership proposed a “sliding scale” salary structure on top of the prorated pay cuts the players already agreed to back in March. The union rejected the proposal, with many worrying that it would drive a wedge in the union’s constituency.
Scherzer is one of eight players on the MLBPA executive subcommittee along with Andrew Miller, Daniel Murphy, Elvis Andrus, Cory Gearrin, Chris Iannetta, James Paxton, and Collin McHugh.
After discussing the latest developments with the rest of the players there’s no reason to engage with MLB in any further compensation reductions. We have previously negotiated a pay cut in the version of prorated salaries, and there’s no justification to accept a 2nd pay cut based upon the current information the union has received. I’m glad to hear other players voicing the same viewpoint and believe MLB’s economic strategy would completely change if all documentation were to become public information.
Indeed, aside from the Braves, every other teams’ books are closed, so there has been no way to fact-check any of the owners’ claims. Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts, for example, recently said that 70 percent of the Cubs’ revenues come from “gameday operations” (ticket sales, concessions, etc.). But it went unsubstantiated because the Cubs’ books are closed. The league has only acknowledged some of the union’s many requests for documentation. Without supporting evidence, Ricketts’ claim, like countless others from team executives, can only be taken as an attempt to manipulate public sentiment.
Early Thursday morning, ESPN’s Jeff Passan reported that the MLBPA plans to offer a counter-proposal to MLB in which the union would suggest a season of more than 100 games and fully guaranteed prorated salaries. It seems like the two sides are quite far apart, so it may take longer than expected for them to reach an agreement.