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Tampa Bay pitcher Blake Snell hit a nerve with fans when he said it's not worth risking his life for a reduced salary. The MLB players already were looking at around a 50 percent reduction in salary and the owners are asking for more concessions because of the lack of ticket sales. Many fans are saying players need to stop being greedy and play baseball. Others are saying the players have conceded enough and should think of their health, which is their meal ticket. What do you think? ⚾

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First responders, medical workers and supply chain laborers are actually risking their lives providing people with lifesaving labor. And we have this baseball player talking about risk when he's already making multiple millions even at a reduced salary. That is a new level of tone deaf.

It's not ideal that baseball players will make less money, but many of them will still be making multiple millions of dollars even at a reduced salary. The average MLB salary was about $4.3 million in 2019. At the same time, millions of people have had their salary reduced, picked up side jobs to make ends meet or lost work altogether.

If baseball players have a problem making fewer millions of dollars while people are literally struggling to live, they need to look in the mirror.

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People siding with billionaires over millionaires is astounding. Owners have windfalls and had plenty of positive seasons to save their profits. Yet, people blame athletes fighting for a fair share while actually risking their longtime health, which is their livelihood.

MLB players are already looking at reducing their salary by half. Now the owners want them to take even more of a cut because of the lack of fans. $4.3 million average salary is an accurate number, but that doesn't tell the whole story. The median salary in MLB was $1.4 million in 2019. This means half of the league is not going to be making a million dollars at the reduced rates. Then they will be taxed on top of that.

For the millions of dollars they are making for owners, that kind of reduction isn't worth risking an infection that could kill them. Coronavirus has taken over 86,000 American lives as of May 14. MLB players shouldn't be criticized for protecting themselves and their financials because it's what most people would do.

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