“#Max Scherzer takes another shot at MLB owners amid contentious talks”
June 11, 2020 | 4:41pm
The three-time Cy Young winner, who serves as a member of the MLBPA’s executive subcommittee, continues to be outspoken in the midst of salary disputes between the players union and MLB. Scherzer took to Twitter Wednesday to unload another jab at team owners.
“Some owners have mentioned that owning a team isn’t very NET profitable.. You know what other company isn’t very NET profitable? Amazon,” the 35-year-old tweeted.
Cardinals owner Bill DeWitt recently claimed “the industry isn’t very profitable, to be quite honest,” and Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts said “the league itself does not make a lot of cash.”
Considering the players and owners’ dispute centers around an economic disagreement, Scherzer opted to go after the financial profits owners are claiming during the ongoing labor negotiations. The league is claiming it will lose $640,000 per team for each regular-season game played in empty ballparks because 40 percent of revenue is from stadium traffic.
The union, however, doesn’t believe this to be true but claims it has not been given the necessary information to make an accurate evaluation.
Scherzer spoke out at the end of May to declare that players would not be amenable to a pay cut beyond their prorated salaries.
“After discussing the latest developments with the rest of the players there’s no reason to engage with MLB in any further compensation reductions,” he wrote on Twitter. “We have previously negotiated a pay cut in the version of prorated salaries, and there’s no justification to accept a 2nd pay cut based upon the current information the union has received.
“I’m glad to hear other players voicing the same viewpoint and believe MLB’s economic strategy would completely change if all documentation were to become public information.”
The league hopes to start the season by early July, with spring training starting in mid-June, but players and owners will have to come to some agreement in the next week.
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