Lou Merloni rips Blake Snell: 'I hope he realizes how stupid he sounds'

May 15, 2020 - 10:58 am

Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Blake Snell caused quite a stir this week when he said he wouldn't pitch this season if he has to take a pay cut.

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MLB owners and the MLBPA had agreed to prorated salaries if the season has to be shortened back in March, but owners have recently pushed for a 50/50 revenue split and possible further reduction in salary to account for the lost revenue that would come with a season played without fans in the stands.

That did not sit well with Snell, who said in part: "For me to take a pay cut is not happening, because the risk is through the roof. 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?"

Snell's comments, in turn, have not sat well with a lot of fans, many of whom just want to see baseball return and don't have much sympathy for players complaining about salary reductions.

On Ordway, Merloni and Fauria Thursday, former MLB player Lou Merloni weighed in on Snell's comments.

"I can't defend him," Merloni said. "He signed a five-year, $50 million deal a few years back. It really kind of kicks in this year, because he makes $7.6 million this year. In his first two years in the league, he made league minimum, $560,000. You start doing the math, 7.5 down to 3.75, they want me to take some out of that, 'So I'm gonna make like 2.5, bro. 2.5 bro! I ain't making nothing.' But you were making 500 the first two years. Even if they take 33 percent, your ass is still making $2.5 million. So to a guy that walked into the league making league minimum for two years, now all of a sudden to jump up and say you're getting screwed by only making $2.5 million, I hope he realizes how stupid he sounds. I hope he woke up today, heard everybody playing his sound, and said, 'Man, I sound like an ignorant fool, an uneducated fool.'"

While some MLB players surely agree with Snell -- with Bryce Harper the most notable to come out in support of him -- Merloni said people shouldn't assume that Snell speaks for all of them, or even a majority of them.

"I'm not going to sit there and say Blake Snell speaks for 750 guys," Merloni said. "I'm sure a lot of guys in the league are sitting there saying, 'I can't believe this imbecile is saying this kind of stuff.' Go check out Sean Doolittle's Twitter account. He's talking about the right things. He ain't mentioning money. He's talking about safety. This guy, you think he cares about safety? He doesn't care about safety. He only cares about his money. That whole thing was about money. Period. End of story. I don't want to hear this whole thing, 'I'm risking this.' It's about Snell making money. Sean Doolittle, Andrew Miller, these guys are talking about health. They're talking about the risk. This guy, he's not. He's talking about cash."

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