Anthony Rizzo Makes National News Saying He’ll Take Pay-Cut for MLB Change
It's not every day we see a story about a Major League Baseball player saying they'd take a pay-cut for a change in the league, but Chicago Cub Anthony Rizzo did just that.
And get this, he says he'd take that pay-cut in order to play fewer baseball games each season.
Yep, you read that right, Rizzo wants to play less baseball each year.
Anthony Rizzo has been on the DL for almost the entire baseball season so far this year because of a back injury, but he hasn't missed that many games due to the crazy winter weather we've had across the country.
Now that he's back on the field, he's back doing interviews, most recently with ESPN 1000 yesterday.
In that interview Rizzo made some bold statements about the length of the MLB season that started a conversation about how much is too much baseball for the players.
Rizzo said, 'I think we play too much baseball.'
He is referring to the length of the season, especially when you compare the amount of MLB games played to other professional sports, and this year, the weather hasn't been helping.
Obviously if the season was shortened, players would be paid less, which is when Rizzo offered this statement, 'Yes, guys are going to take pay cuts. But are we playing this game for the money or do we love this game? I know it's both, but in the long run it will make everything better.'
He suggests more double headers and a later start date for Opening Day.
This is where I will interject that last Saturday's game against the Atlanta Braves was, in fact, treacherous for fans.
No one really wants to go to the game in that kind of weather, but when the tickets were more than $75 a piece, you feel the need to freeze your butt off in the bleachers.
But is it a fluke Spring this year and we (including the players) should just suck it up? Or should the MLB really look into Rizzo's suggestion.