There are reasons why potential Hall of Fame starter Max Scherzer is known as 'Mad Max.'
Eddie Matz of ESPN dove deep into his career, his attitude and his behavior to discover why. It's his obsession with getting better and better and better, even after a dominant performance (though Scherzer himself refutes the notion that his habits are obsessive). It's his insane attention to detail, his absurdly meticulous approach to manning the mound. Matz didn't say this, but I have a feeling it might even have to do with his multi-colored eyes due to the condition heterochroma iridis.
But 'Mad Max' doesn't translate literally to 'Angry Max,' though you wouldn't necessarily know it from his Twitter as of late. He's not alone, though, as multiple baseball players are taking a stand for their justice and their rights as ballplayers, as employees, and as people throughout the ongoing salary negotiations with the league.
Late Wednesday night, Scherzer sent out a jab toward the owners on Twitter.
Not a particularly active user, the Nationals ace must have taken exception to statements recently made by MLB owners regarding the profitability of owning a baseball team. Cardinals owner Bill DeWitt said that "the industry isn't very profitable, to be honest" in a radio interview (h/t Jesse Rogers of ESPN). Scherzer wasn't the only notable pitcher to express negative feelings on DeWitt's statement at a time like this.
Flaherty also commented on Diamondback owner Ken Kendrick's comments, which echoed DeWitt's sentiments.
Catcher Chris Iannetta saw Kendrick's call for a salary cap as a way for owners to use the current global crisis to "overpower players... (to) further increase profits and our franchise values," in a post which Flaherty retweeted.
Scherzer had sent out a statement on behalf of the players in late May as a response to MLB's continuous pitches for reduced salaries, saying that "there's no reason to engage with MLB in any further compensation reductions" and claiming that the league's economic strategy would have to change if they were to reveal documentation to the public. This message, insinuating MLB is holding back information, is what DeWitt additionally alluded to in his claim that the game isn't very profitable, saying that "they (the players) think owners are hiding profits."
While we feel that Scherzer's reference of Amazon in his latest tweet was used as a biting bit of irony to get his point across, it's also true that Amazon's profits have long been a reason for the skepticism of many of the company's critics, as noted by Rani Molla of Vox. I'm a sportswriter, so I'm not going to try and dive into the financial aspect too much here, but Molla basically suggests that profit isn't everything, as Amazon's free cash flow continues to grow and the low profits could actually contribute to the success of the major corporation as a whole.
In any event, Scherzer's tweet represents the tiresome conflict between players and owners that continues to rage on, and many are nearing the conclusion that the only way a season could occur is if the league mandates a shortened season, which commissioner Rob Manfred has the ability to do. Manfred himself said before the draft on Wednesday that there will "100 percent" be a 2020 season.
Whether or not that season will include guys like Max Scherzer is one of the many questions that has yet to be answered.