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Snake Bytes 5/15: No More Progress

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Over the past week, not only has there been no visible progress towards baseball, we seem to be going backwards, at least based off how MLB players are speaking up

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Increased signs of life around Phoenix this week. I even went to a sit down restaurant yesterday. Wasn’t a fan. Don’t think I’ll be doing it again soon, but it was interesting to see how the city is reacting as we start to open back up. Anyway, quite a bit of baseball opinions this week, mostly coming from the players as they react to the... suggestions from the owners about how to proceed with the season starting back up. They don’t seem to be fans either.

(ESPN) Rays ace Blake Snell says he refuses to play for reduced MLB salary

“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,” Snell said while answering questions on his Twitch channel. “It’s a shorter season, less pay.”

Can’t say I blame him. If my employer tried to say I had to take a pay cut to put myself in more risk, so that they wouldn’t lose as much money, I’d probably tell them to F— right off too.

(New York Post) Rob Manfred: MLB could lose up to $4 billion if there is no season

Counter point, 4 billion dollars is a lot of money. The owners absolutely have every right to try and prevent that. However, and I can’t believe I’m about to quote him, but as Scott Boras says you can’t privatize the good times, and socialize the bad times.

(ESPN) Former MLB manager Art Howe in ICU due to coronavirus

Howe, 73, told KPRC 2 that he first felt COVID-19 symptoms on May 3 and learned he was positive two days after being tested. After trying to recover at home, he was transported to a hospital by ambulance on Tuesday after his symptoms grew worse, and he remained in the ICU on Thursday night.

(Yahoo!) Bob Watson, the first black general manager to win a World Series, dies at 74

Bob Watson, a former Houston Astros star and the first black general manager to win a World Series title in MLB history, died on Thursday night after a long battle with a kidney disease, his son announced on Twitter.

He was 74.

Diamondbacks adjacent news

(AZ Central) Diamondbacks’ Ken Kendrick appointed to National Baseball Hall of Fame Board of Directors

The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum announced Thursday that Arizona Diamondbacks Managing General Manager Ken Kendrick has been appointed to its board of directors.

(SB Nation) Some kid snuck into a ballpark, and recorded a fairly pleasant message on a camera

Andrew Chapman, announcer for the Jackson Generals, Arizona Diamondbacks’ Double-A affiliate, was looking through his files on his work computer when he discovered an unusual file.

While baseball, and having fans at ballparks, is still on pause due to the coronavirus pandemic, a random kid decided to sneak into the ballpark, recorded a video of himself, and saved it if and when someone would discover it.

Be safe. Be Kind. Just wear a damn mask.