After Rob Manfred announced the cancellation of the first two series of the MLB season, several players have expressed their concern over the whole situation. Chicago Cubs third baseman Patrick Wisdom joined The Parkins & Spiegel show on 670 The Score to discuss the stagnant negotiations.
“There’s no Opening Day because the league has not negotiated in good faith,” Wisdom said. He also expressed how difficult it has been in the past for the two sides to meet, as well as the extended amount of time it took for the two sides to negotiate.
“I think that’s another reason why we’re at where we’re at right now. If we would’ve had this week of negotiating 40 days ago, we’d be in a much better spot.”
Wisdom, who will be entering his age-30 season this year, finished fourth in NL Rookie of the Year voting in 2021. He slashed .231/.305/.518 with 28 home runs and 68 RBI. As MLB history indicates, nothing comes easy for a player entering the league late in his 20s or early 30s, especially when it comes to contract negotiations. Wisdom explained his confliction with the situation but understands why it’s happening.
“I understand [why] we’re doing this and why the two sides need to come together and what they’re arguing about,” Wisdom said. “But my old self is like, ‘Yeah, but we need to play. I need to play games and earn money and provide for my family and put food on the table.’”
Patrick Wisdom will enter the 2022 season making the league minimum salary. After his stellar 2021 campaign with the Cubs, he deserves a raise. It’s pretty crazy to hear stories about the sacrifices minor league players must make, the living situations they go through, and the minuscule salaries that most earn just for a chance at an MLB roster spot. Wisdom, a 2012 draft pick, didn’t make it to the show until 2018.
It’ll be interesting to see what the MLBPA and owners finally agree on and how it will affect players such as Wisdom.
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