Alex Rodriguez walks back salary cap remarks after criticism by MLBPA head
Alex Rodriguez’s controversial comments this week that seemingly suggested MLB players should accept a salary cap unsurprisingly ignited a firestorm. Amid the blowback, including from MLBPA executive director Tony Clark, A-Rod has walked back his remarks.
Rodriguez, who currently serves as an analyst on ESPN’s “Sunday Night Baseball,” took to Twitter to backpedal from his stance, stating he never specifically used the term “salary cap.”
pic.twitter.com/3XwNQIuNNS— Alex Rodriguez (@AROD) July 17, 2020
Rodriguez, along with fiancée Jennifer Lopez, are involved in a group currently in pursuit of purchasing the New York Mets. Addressing the current financial state of the league, Rodriguez told reporters Thursday on a conference call that players and owners “have to really work collaborative” in order to reassert MLB’s standing among other professional leagues.
“The only way it’s going to happen is if they get to the table and say the No. 1 goal, let’s get from $10 to $15 billion and then we’ll split the economics evenly,” Rodriguez said, per USA Today. “But that’s the type of conversation instead of fighting and fighting against each other because there’s too much competition out there right now.”
Clark called out Rodriguez by essentially pointing out the hypocrisy of his newfound stance given the former superstar earned upwards of $448 million in his career.
“Alex benefited as much as anybody from the battles this union fought against owners’ repeated attempts to get a salary cap,” Clark said. “Now that he is attempting to become an owner himself his perspective appears to be different. And that perspective does not reflect the best interest of the players.”
Among those also taking part in the pushback is a former MLB pitcher Brandon McCarthy, who eviscerated A-Rod and called him “a self-serving liar.”
I hope to god he's shouted out of every clubhouse he attempts to enter in this and future seasons. Call him a self-serving liar and make him explain himself to a room full of his former peers if he wants broadcast content. https://t.co/U3aehFCWnW— Brandon McCarthy (@BMcCarthy32) July 17, 2020
It remains to be seen whether Rodriguez’s efforts at damage control will limit the negative fallout to his polarizing comments.