Max Scherzer leads charge against MLB owners

By 106.7 The Fan

Max Scherzer is leading the charge for MLB players in their public stance against league owners.

The Nationals ace issued a statement late Wednesday evening – voicing the opinion of many players – in refusing to negotiate a second round of pay reductions with MLB owners.

In the latest reported proposal sent to players, owners – rather than insisting on a revenue share, to which the players strongly objected – introduced a sliding pay scale that would see the players making the most take the largest salary cuts.

"After discussing the latest developments with the rest of the players there's no reason to engage with MLB in any further compensation reductions," Scherzer said. "We have previously negotiated a pay cut in the version of prorated salaries, and there's no justification to accept a second pay cut based upon the current information the union has received."

"I'm glad to hear other players voicing the same viewpoint," he said, "and believe MLB's economic strategy would completely change if all documentation were to become public information."

Max Scherzer, the Nationals’ union rep and a member of the executive committee, voices his opinion here on the owners’ latest proposal. Scherzer is one, if not the most, influential players in baseball when it comes to league/union discussions.

— Jesse Dougherty (@dougherty_jesse) May 28, 2020

The players have reason to be suspicious. Aside from learning from the sport's own history, going through the 1994 strike, the owners saying a second round of salary cuts to offset losses incurred by the coronavirus is dubious, at best.

The Atlanta Braves are the only publicly traded club in Major League Baseball, and as such, the remaining clubs' financial records aren't subject to the same level of public scrutiny. This is likely what Scherzer 's getting at with the last line of his statement.

If the owners are so downtrodden after missing out on two months of ticket sales, then why not open their books to the public?