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Max Scherzer calls out harsh realities plaguing MLB

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Max Scherzer is one of the most feared pitchers in MLB history. His voice, in turn, is also well-respected as one of the MLB Players Association representatives fighting for the welfare of his peers.

In a recent interview with the LA Times, Max Scherzer was vocal about the issues plaguing the MLB – and how the owners have been behind it, to the detriment of the players.

Via New York Post c/o LA Times:

“This negotiation is about the integrity of the game from our eyes,” Scherzer said in an interview with the LA Times. “We feel as players that too many teams have gone into a season without any intent to win during the past.

Scherzer called out the blatant tanking from teams that choose to keep their powder dry during the offseason rather than spend on players to help them compete. That’s been part of the reason why the players feel that the market is distorted against them.

Mad Max also expressed his frustration on the service time manipulation that’s become commonplace in today’s MLB. Teams are keeping some of their best young prospects out of the majors to ensure they can keep on cheap contracts for longer, or using it as leverage to get them to sign extensions.

“Teams are putting long-term discounted extensions in front of players before a player even makes his debut,” he said. “They’re told take the extension and you will be in the big leagues tomorrow, but if you don’t sign it, you will stay in the minor leagues.”

These issues are nothing new in the MLB stratosphere. But having Max Scherzer be the voice championing the cause helps keep them under an even brighter spotlight as the league and its players negotiate heading into next season.