Major League Baseball is staring at the possibility of a canceled season as the players and owners struggle to find common ground on compensation. Wednesday afternoon, during his SiriusXM show, Christopher “Mad Dog” Russo didn’t hold back in blaming the players.
Although the players union agreed to prorated salaries shortly after it was realized the 2020 season would not start on time, MLB argues the deal would need renegotiation if games are to be played without fans in attendance. MLB has floated the idea of a 50-50 revenue split which doesn’t appear to have much support from the players union. That’s where Russo’s rant comes in.
“I don’t want to hear another word. I don’t want to hear another player moan and groan,” Russo said. “I don’t want to hear Clayton Kershaw on Dan Patrick. I don’t want to hear Ian Snell or Blake Snell or whatever his name is. I don’t want to hear Bryce Harper, I don’t want to hear Boras, I don’t want to hear another word. The union knew that if they we’re gonna play games in an empty stadium, they knew they were gonna have to take a price reduction. They knew it. So all of them can go to hell. Go to hell. That’s garbage.”
Russo cited Tuesday’s New York Post report from Joel Sherman, which stated the players union may have known the proposal they agreed to in March for prorated salaries could potentially need to be adjusted.
“What a disgrace. They knew right from the get-go, that the letter and the exchange and the agreement that was made in March regarding the whole thing and the 50-50 revenue split, that they knew it would have to be renegotiated and changed if there was a situation,” Russo said.
While these comments were made on his SiriusXM channel, Russo does also host a show on MLB Network, which is primarily owned by Major League Baseball.
“And I got [players’ union executive director] Tony Clark telling the whole world how dare [commissioner Rob] Manfred try to jam a salary cap by us during a global pandemic when they asked for confirmation” Russo added, referring to the email clarifying that another negotiation may be needed. “And now since then they’ve made a big stink about the 50-50 thing. Go to hell. All of you.”