Alex Wood hasn’t lost his fastball, even two months after coronavirus suspended MLB’s season.
The Dodgers pitcher reacted to Mark Teixeira’s suggestion that players should take less money than expected to play baseball this year, slamming him for the take on Twitter.
“I refuse to judge someone I don’t really know off of one comment but damn this statement is just so stupid lol,” Wood tweeted Tuesday night.
Wood — who was set to make $4 million this season — fired back at Teixeira as MLB began to negotiate with the Players Association over a deal that would try to restart the season. The expected hangup is the money, as the owners want to have a 50-50 revenue share with the players instead of the prorated salaries they agreed to in a deal in March.
Teixeira, who made more than $200 million across his 13-year career, did his former teammates and fellow players no favors when he encouraged them to take the deal.
“Players need to understand that if they turn this deal down and shut the sport down, they’re not making a cent,” the former Yankees first baseman and now ESPN analyst said on “Get Up” on Tuesday morning. “I would rather make pennies on the dollar and give hope to people and play baseball than not make anything and lose an entire year off their career.”
Teixeira said he was making an exception by not siding with the players.
“This is unprecedented in the history of the Major League Baseball Players Association,” Teixeira said. “And every other year, I would stand together and say, ‘The owners aren’t going to do this to us and we’re going to get paid our full fare. If I’m going to put myself out there, I’m going to get paid a full day’s wage.’
“The problem is you have people all over the world taking paycuts, losing their jobs, losing their lives. Front-line workers putting their lives at risk. These are unprecedented times, and this is the one time I would advocate for the players accepting a deal like this. A 50-50 split of revenues is not that crazy.
“If I’m a player, I don’t like it, but I’m going to do whatever I have to do to play and that means taking this deal.”
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