Just a few days ago, Tampa Bay Rays lefty Blake Snell seemed like a lone wolf with his comments about playing in 2020, claiming he would rather sit out than play during the coronavirus pandemic at a discounted rate. Luckily for Snell, despite some criticism, his opinion was echoed by one of the game's most prominent names.
Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Bryce Harper claimed that a lot of MLB players, including himself, share Snell's opinion, adding that the Rays pitcher "manned up" and made his feelings public.
That's exactly what the players needed and the MLB didn't -- a star player with a $330 million contract speaking out against a pay cut and in opposition against the owners. Sure, Bryce will undoubtedly be criticized for this because he's one of the highest-paid players in the sport, but when you boil it down, it's the players risking their livelihood. The billionaire owners, who are making money regardless, are not.
Hopefully big names like Harper and Snell speaking out against a revenue sharing play that prorates salary or institutes more pay cuts forces the league and the owners to consider a proposal that's more slanted in the player's favor. It only makes sense. The fiscal argument seems futile, but when you consider who is taking the most risk and who has endless amounts of money, it's more sensible to side with the players rather than the suits in the suites collecting money doing nothing.
Props to Bryce for backing Snell amid the criticism. The Phillies slugger is no stranger to getting called out, so this will be a walk in the park for him.