Tampa Bay Rays ace Blake Snell took to the popular streaming platform Twitch late Wednesday night emphatically declaring that playing baseball in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic would be risking his life. He is the second player to make a similar statement in recent days along with Cincinnati Reds pitcher Trevor Bauer.
“I’m mentally prepared to just come back next year,” Snell said in the two minute video clip. “Y’all gotta understand man, for me to go, for me to take a pay cut is not happening, because the risk is through the roof.”
The 2018 American League Cy Young winner adds that he knows people will disagree with him and that he should just play for the love of the game, but says the risk is too great without adequate compensation.
“If I play I should get the money I signed to be paid, (7 million dollars in 2020),” Snell said. “Not half of it because we play half a season, plus another 33 percent cut and that is going to be taxed. Imagine how much I’m getting paid to play then. I ain’t making shit. The risk is way the hell higher and the pay is way lower. Why would I think about that (playing)?”
One of the biggest detractors of Snell’s statements was Fox Sports Radio’s Ben Maller. The host of The Ben Maller Show called Snell “The King of all douchebags” on Twitter Thursday morning before addressing the issue on his show.
“The whole thing was cringe-worthy and a masterpiece at the same time,” Maller said. “It was riveting for all the wrong reasons.”
Maller went on to compare Snell’s comments to those made by NBA star Patrick Ewing during a labor dispute where Ewing said, “Athletes make a lot of money because they spend a lot of money.”
“It’s like Blake went to Patrick and said ‘Here, hold my beer.'” Maller said. “This guy is a super hero dum-dum.”
Other pundits were also critical of Snell’s statement. but were gentler in that criticism. In his latest For the Win column, USA Today’s Nick Schwartz calls Snell’s math questionable and points out that Snell is still set to make a lot of money if he plays in 2020.
“Snell is in the second year of a back-loaded five-year, $50 million contract with the Rays,” Schwartz writes. “He was set to earn $7 million in 2020. By his (questionable) formula, that would be reduced to approximately $1.75 million, but he does have the benefit of playing in a state with no state income tax.”
Snell later clarified his comments in the Tampa Bay Times, saying he knows people will view the comments as him being greedy, but “that’s not the case at all” and his concerns are rooted more in the health and safety issues.
Jacob Conley writes about news/talk radio BNM. He can be found on Twitter @GWUJake or reach him by email at email@example.com.
Bomani Jones: I’m Better At Talking About Political, Social Issues Than Most In Sports Media
“I personally am better at talking about those things than most people who work in this industry. Like I feel like I can say that fairly and then it not really be an arrogant thing.”
Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James found himself in a few headlines last week when he questioned reporters for not asking him about the recent Washington Post story and photo surrounding Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, and ESPN commentator Bomani Jones took the opportunity to discuss the revelation.
Jones was pictured as a 14 year old among a crowd during an early stage of integration of public schools in Arkansas during the civil rights movement.
LeBron pointed out that he would field questions when there’s a controversy surrounding a Black person and spoke about the situation with former Cavaliers teammate Kyrie Irving, but he found it curious that no one had asked his opinion on the Jerry Jones story. LeBron had long considered himself a Cowboys fan, but in recent years he’s stopped supporting the team over Jones’ mandate that Dallas players stand for the National Anthem.
On his ESPN podcast The Right Time, host Bomani Jones talked about LeBron and circled it around to how he and other ESPN personalities caught a ton of flack for speaking about political or societal issues that often don’t fall within the confines of sports.
Jones said that being able to talk about political and societal issues comes easier to him than it does to most members of the sports media.
“I personally am better at talking about those things than most people who work in this industry,” Jones said. “Like I feel like I can say that fairly and then it not really be an arrogant thing.”
Jones said it comes down to the fact that there’s a bias at play. Are people going to take offense to what you’re saying because they disagree, or are they going to like what you’re going to say because they agree?
“They’re reinforcing the fact that you’re reinforcing what it is that you want to hear,” Jones said. “But the truth is that most people are not qualified to talk about these things before the world, because talking about these things before the world is very, very difficult.”
Jordan Bondurant is a features reporter for Barrett Sports Media. He works full-time as a multimedia specialist at the Virginia State Corporation Commission, while also putting in part-time work for News Radio WRVA and 910 The Fan in Richmond. Additionally, you can find Jordan contributing coverage of the Washington Capitals for the blog NoVa Caps. His prior media experiences include working for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the Danville Register & Bee, Virginia Lawyers Weekly and ABC 8News. He can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter @J__Bondurant.
John Jastremski Fires Back After Craig Carton Criticism
“I’m not listening to a crook. So you know what? Go take a f—ing hike. How about that.”
Earlier this week, WFAN afternoon host Craig Carton said John Jastremski — a former WFAN host now hosting a podcast for The Ringer — “shunned” his radio career advice.
During his New York New York podcast Thursday, Jastremski strongly condemned Carton’s remarks.
“I don’t like going here with this stuff, ’cause I know this plays right into what this guy likes to do,” Jastremski said. “This is his M.O. This is what he’s done his entire career. It’s what he’s done for his entire career and he’s had success doing it. He lives for this stuff. But it really set me off. It set me off because I gotta see it on Barrett Sports Media while I’m on vacation. Like I wanna be bothered with this shit, number one. Number two, it’s just tone-deaf, insulting, and flat-out rude every which way.
“Number one: going after people who work at McDonald’s? Who the hell are you to do that? Number two: You’re insulting a multi-billion dollar company where I work. I have a great job, a great platform, a great producer. I have two great jobs, I might add. And you’re insulting both of them. By the way, you’re on that network. Five days a week. And you’re insulting that network. How stupid are you? Taking shots at people of the network you’re on, I’m on. And I could tell you, it pays well. I do ok.
“As for career advice? Guess what? I listen to legends. Bill Simmons, you ever hear of him? Worth a lot more than you. Mike Francesa? My boy Adam Schein? I listen to those guys. I’m not listening to a crook. So you know what? Go take a f—ing hike. How about that.”
Calling Carton a crook harkens back to the WFAN afternoon host’s stint in federal prison for participating in a ponzi scheme that scammed investors out of $5.6 million that he in turn used to pay off gambling debts. Carton was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison before serving just over a year in prison before being released in 2020.
The Dan Le Batard Show With Stugotz Moving To New Studio
The show continued to be recorded inside the studio at the Clevelander after it departed ESPN Radio’s national lineup in 2021.
The show continued to be recorded inside the studio at the Clevelander after it departed ESPN Radio’s national lineup in 2021. It has remained the home for the show since Le Batard and John Skipper formed Meadowlark Media.
After a $50 million distribution deal with DraftKings was secured, the Meadowlark podcast network has grown in both reach and talent, allowing for an expanded studio space.
No immediate details were given on where the new studio space would be located.