J.B. Pritzker Apologizes For Criticizing MLB Players

By 670 The Score
(670 The Score) A day after criticizing MLB players for taking a hard stance in bargaining for higher salaries in labor talks with owners as baseball tries to reach an agreement on a return-to-play framework in 2020, Illinois governor J.B. Pritzker on Wednesday apologized for his comments.

"I want to apologize for leaving the impression that baseball players shouldn’t have the right to bargain to protect their health and safety," Pritzker said at his daily press conference addressing the coronavirus outbreak in the state. "I absolutely support that right, and I should have made that more clear."

Pritzker offered his apology on his own accord just before he began taking questions from reporters. On Tuesday, Pritzker had sided with owners in the labor negotiations when he expressed his disappointment that players weren't willing to sacrifice in these trying times.

"I must say I’m disappointed that players are holding out for these very, very high salaries and payments during a time when I think everybody is sacrificing," Pritzker said then.

"I realize that the players have the right to haggle over their salaries, but we do live in a moment where the people of Illinois, the people of the United States deserve to get their pastime back to watch on television. If they’re able to come up with safety precautions as has been suggested by Major League Baseball that works, I hope that the players will understand that the people of our United States need them to recognize that this is an important part of the leisure time that all of us want to have during the summer to watch them play baseball, to root for our favorite teams. We need that back, that normalcy back. I hope they’ll be reasonable as they negotiate."