Yesterday Tampa Bay Rays starter Blake Snell made a lot of news when he said that accepting further pay cuts to play in 2020 was not worth the risk. His specific words, among others: “Bro, I’m risking my life. What do you mean it should not be a thing? It should 100% be a thing. If I’m gonna play, I should be getting the money I signed to be getting paid . . . it doesn’t make sense for me to lose all of that money and then go play.”
A lot of people trashed Snell for that, saying that he was only motivated by money. Others defended Snell noting that, while he probably could’ve worded the sentiment better, the notion that ballplayers are the ones taking the risk, so they shouldn’t be asked to make even more concessions, was a valid one.
At least one big star has Snell’s back on that. Bryce Harper. Via NBC Philly:
“He ain’t lying, he’s speaking the truth bro. I ain’t mad at him. Somebody’s gotta say it, at least he manned up and said it. Good for him.”
Here are his full comments:
Yesterday Major League Baseball outlined a COVID-19 testing plan. Commissioner Rob Manfred also claimed that the game would lose $4 billion in 2020 playing without fans. The Major League Baseball Players Association has submitted “a slew” of requests for economic data which would back up that claim and any claim that players should have to take further pay cuts in order for the season to take place.
PHILADELPHIA – Phillies slugger Bryce Harper will miss the start of the 2023 season after he had reconstructive right elbow surgery.
The operation was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles.
Harper is expected to return to Philadelphia’s lineup as the designated hitter by the All-Star break. He could be back in right field by the end of the season, according to the team.
The 30-year-old Harper suffered a small ulnar collateral ligament tear in his elbow in April. He last played right field at Miami on April 16. He had a platelet-rich plasma injection in May and shifted to designated hitter.
Harper met Nov. 14 with ElAttrache, who determined the tear did not heal on its own, necessitating surgery.
Even with the elbow injury, Harper led the Phillies to their first World Series since 2009, where they lost in six games to Houston. He hit .349 with six homers and 13 RBIs in 17 postseason games.
In late June, Harper suffered a broken thumb when he was hit by a pitch and was sidelined for two months. The two-time NL MVP still hit .286 with 18 homers and 65 RBIs for the season.
Harper left Washington and signed a 13-year, $330 million contract with the Phillies in 2019. A seven-time All-Star, Harper has 285 career home runs.
With Harper out, the Phillies could use Nick Castellanos and Kyle Schwarber at designated hitter. J.T. Realmuto also could serve as the DH when he needs a break from his catching duties.