Bryce Harper on Blake Snell’s comments: ‘He ain’t lying, he’s speaking the truth, bro’

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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.

Clayton Kershaw to make Opening Day start for Dodgers

Clayton Kershaw Opening Day
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Dodgers manager Dave Roberts confirmed it in March and he confirmed it again on Tuesday: Clayton Kershaw will start on Opening Day, Jorge Castillo of The Los Angeles Times reports.

The Dodgers are one of four teams that will open the 60-game regular season schedule on July 23; everyone else begins play on the 24th. With a 10 PM ET start, the Dodgers will host the Giants at Dodger Stadium.

Johnny Cueto will likely pitch opposite Kershaw for the Giants. Cueto was named the Giants’ Opening Day starter on March 11, before the league shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic. Manager Gabe Kapler hasn’t yet officially named an Opening Day starter for the makeshift season.

Kershaw, 32, made the Opening Day start eight consecutive times for the Dodgers from 2011-18. Hyun-Jin Ryu, now a Blue Jay, pitched on Opening Day last season for the Dodgers. Last year, Kershaw logged 178 1/3 innings over 28 starts and one relief appearance, his highest innings total since 2015. He went 16-5 with a 3.03 ERA, 189 strikeouts, and 41 walks.