Dodgers' Alex Wood Bashes Mark Teixeira's 'Stupid' Comments on MLB Pay Proposal

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistMay 13, 2020

PEORIA, ARIZONA - MARCH 09: Alex Wood #57 of the Los Angeles Dodgers delivers a pitch against the San Diego Padres during a spring training game at Peoria Stadium on March 09, 2020 in Peoria, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
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Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Alex Wood was critical of former MLB star Mark Teixeira, who argued MLB players shouldn't prioritize their earnings over potentially starting the 2020 season.Β 

Speaking with The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal and Evan Drellich, MLB Players Association executive director Tony Clark condemned a proposal by team owners to split league revenues 50-50 in lieu of prorated salaries.

During an appearance Tuesday on ESPN's Get Up,Β Teixeira lobbied for the MLBPA to accept the deal:

Get Up @GetUpESPN

"If [a potential 2020 MLB season] blows up over money, they will lose fans that they will never get back. And they will deserve it." @Espngreeny and @teixeiramark25 are urging MLB players to accept the return-to-play proposal. https://t.co/npOuO4kOFT

Wood responded later that night:

Alex Wood @Awood45

I refuse to judge someone I don’t really know off of one comment but damn this statement is just so stupid lol https://t.co/RoLeSVKEiF

MLB owners and the MLBPA struck an agreement in March to address some concerns created by the COViD-19 pandemic and the delay of the current season.

As part of the arrangement, players would accept a portion of their 2020 salaries tied to the number of games played. If the regular season is halved, then they'd collect 50 percent of their original payout.

According to USA Today's Bob Nightengale, the owners' new proposal lays out an 82-game season that would begin in early July.