Another former New York Yankees star has joined Mark Teixeira in choosing to side with MLB owners after their proposal to kickstart the 2020 season was widely ridiculed by players.
On Friday, Alex Rodriguez took to Twitter to implore the MLBPA to acquiesce to the owners' bold overture and accept a 50/50 revenue split that requires significant salary concessions.
Do we really have to go through this again? A-Rod is an intelligent guy, but he made the easily avoidable mistake of asking Twitter for its thoughts on his pro-owner stance.
He might just have checked off every stereotype in the book, too.
Like clockwork, the former 14-time All-Star was ripped apart, and the critique started with the fact that he himself pocketed over $450 million in salary across his 22-year career. Of course, that was capped with a 10-year, $275 million contract with the Yankees, which he signed back in 2007. As of this time, he's still the highest earner in baseball history.
Calling for the players to sacrifice now that he's out of the league and more than set for life is easy for him to say.
Rodriguez failing to acknowledge that there is no chance he would have made as much as he did under these circumstances, even with a 50-50 revenue share, is ridiculous. The owners are literally asking to trim players' salaries even though they aren't the one's risking anything by playing amid a global pandemic. Why is the former three-time AL MVP okay with this?
As expected, a number of fans didn't hesitate to rip into Rodriguez's controversial past (despite it not being fully relevant to this economic discussion).
That's just what happens when you give Twitter an excuse to let loose.
We did, too, but opinions are bound to change after you flirt with buying a team and becoming an owner yourself, right?
A-Rod acting like an owner in light of all this is tough to level with. It's easy to see why he's getting destroyed on social media.