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Dodgers: Clayton Kershaw Understanding of Blake Snell’s Comments on Pay



Earlier this week, Rays’ pitcher Blake Snell made some interesting comments on the state of Major League Baseball and what it would take to get him to play. Snell was adamant that the league would make sure that their contracts are paid out, and that he would not play without that money. Dodgers pitchers Clayton Kershaw wasn’t willing to go as far as to agree, but he understands. 

Making an appearance on the Dan Patrick Show, the Dodgers ace commented on Snell’s outburst on Twitch. 

He was probably a little bold in what he said but we’ve already made a pay concession. We’re going to get paid prorated based on the shortened season and I thought that was what we decided as a union. Obviously, not having fans changes things for some owners but we’re still playing the same game.

It’s not that Kershaw directly agrees with the sentiment communicated by Snell, we want to make that clear and have no desire to put words into his mouth. However, he is right when he says that the league and players already came to an agreement on player pay reductions based on the length of the season. And now, the league wants to reduce pay even further. 

It seems to be a sore subject all-around baseball, as some fans side with the players and some feel that they should play for whatever they are paid. The Dodgers’ southpaw was set to pull in $31 million in adjusted salary for the 2020 season, which will almost certainly change. 

If it deems medically that we’re able to play and the two sides can’t figure out the business side of it…it’s not going to look good on anybody. If we can figure it out medically I’m optimistic that we can play.

It’s important to note here that Kershaw felt it was the responsibility of the two sides to come to an agreement. Like he said, if medically they are given the all-clear but still cannot figure out a way to play, it’s going to be bad for baseball. Hold onto hope Dodgers fans, it’s all we have right now. 

 

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Written by Brook Smith

Brook is the Senior Editor of Dodgers Nation, with several years of experience in sports journalism. He is an avid Dodgers and Lakers fan, and can be spotted fairly often at Dodger Stadium and Staples Center.

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  1. So if Snell gets all $7 million, the risk is worth it? Crazy!!! As for his tax whining, Florida doesn’t have income taxes. Snell is a fool. Stick to pitching!!!

    • Players get taxed based on the stated where they live the majority of the year. Obviously, only not to you, Snell doesn’t live full time in Florida.

  2. Players are way over paid! If there is no one in the stands how can the owners make money? TV revenue only? Players have to give more. The average fan will never make a million. The players are beginning to sound like spoiled brats! What about all the people out of work!

  3. We need to pull together and make it work….players as well as owners. We (the fans) need baseball to help us get thru this, and whether you guys know it or not, you (owners and players) need us as well. Git er done and let’s get on with it!!!!!!

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