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Former Cy Young Blake Snell Blasts MLB's Proposal For Playing A Shortened Season

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By Clark Sparky

Major League Baseball is desperately trying to come up with a plan to play at least part of a season this year amid the coronavirus pandemic. This week, the team owners approved a plan that includes a 50/50 revenue split with the players. On Thursday, Tampa Bay Rays pitcher made it clear he's not playing for a reduced salary.

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"Bro, I'm risking my life," Snell said. "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. I should not be getting half of what I'm getting paid because the season's cut in half, on top of a 33% cut of the half that's already there -- so I'm really getting, like, 25%," Snell said while answering questions on Twitch.

"On top of that, it's getting taxed. So imagine how much I'm actually making to play, you know what I'm saying?"

"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 added."It's a shorter season, less pay.

"No, 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?" he added.

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Snell's manager, Kevin Cash, responded tonhis pitcher's concerns.

"I guess we all have a right to say what we want to say and believe and feel what we want to believe," Cash said. "But I can assure you that stance of the prioritization of health and safety among everybody affiliated with baseball, and certainly our fans and our communities, and all of the first responders that have been out there working currently through this rough time, we support and continue to support."

Snell, who won the A.L. Cy Young award in 2018, was slated to make $7 million this season.

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Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

Stay home when you are sick.

Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

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