Chipper Jones is losing hope that Major League Baseball will have a 2020 season due to the growing divide between team owners and players.
The Atlanta Braves legend then called out everybody involved for their complaints while regular folks are out of work and facing real problems.
“In all honesty I’m a little less optimistic than I was 10 days, two weeks ago after listening to some key players coming out and speaking out on it. They continue to squabble over dollars and cents, salaries, revenue sharing and all that kinda stuff. There’s 30 million people out there that’s outta work and the last thing they wanna hear is a bunch of millionaires and billionaires squabble over maybe getting 30-35 percent of their salaries this year.
“Squabbling over money is probably seventh or eighth on the list of most important things to talk about first. Obviously the health measures and whatnot are the most important thing.”
Jones, who retired after the 2012 campaign, also took some time to personally call out Blake Snell on his comments.
“Blake Snell came out last week and, as a former player, it was not a great look for the players,” Jones said. “I think if he would’ve stuck to the narrative of the health issues and his concerns over that as opposed to ‘I’m not gonna play because I’m not gonna get my money,’ that was a little bit of a bad look.
“I’m still hopeful that we can get something started the first week of July, July 4th, something like that, 80-90 ballgames by October and a strong postseason. This season’s always gonna have an asterisk by it, but the bottom line is the American people clamor for baseball on TV whether fans are present or not.”
The 48-year-old spent 19 seasons in the league where he hit .303/.401/.529 with 468 home runs, 549 doubles, and 1,623 RBIs. Jones won the 1999 NL MVP and was a key part of the 1995 World Series champion Braves.