What is your opinion of the A.J. Pierzynski signing?
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@ ansel - Be quiet... if you don't antagonize him, he won't squeal... and, I won't have yours and his drivel soaking up space in my blog (mine, in the sense that this is where I come for information and thought-provoking articles).
I never saw Jim Bouton say anything that can be taken as even mildly offensive or anti-business. I'm not sure where this attack is coming from.
@eric: "His agent isn't Satan." would have sufficed. Everything after that was absolutely unnecessary, irrelevant to the discussion, and can only be reasonably interpreted as an attempt to provoke people.
This is a fair point, and dually noted. However, would it not be equally offensive, and a bit antagonizing, to read the opposite? I'm saying, if what I said is a provokable offense -- being that I'm a nonbeliever -- then it's the same thing if someone posts pro-God content. Is it not?
I'm trying to keep all things in fairness.
Blame it on Curt Flood, who also was a good portrait painter and unfortunately passed away nearly 15 years ago. and Walter Matthau. Flood challenged the mlb and its reserve clause when he was traded by the Cardinals, but refused to be traded. He did not win his case that major league ball players were virtually bonded servants to their first signing team. Matthau , a renowned actor, once told a star bal player, to paraphrase: The stars in Hollywood are paid top dollar, everyone else gets minimum pay. Why is this not so in baseball. Taken to heart, that star player demanded a large raise in his next contract. These two well meaning and long called for developments led to the Free Agency System the MLB has today. Unfortunately, in baseball minimum wage is but a tad short of 1/2 million. Thereafter, team salaries started to escalate to the level and challenges they are today. And the fans in the stands had to assist heavily in the revenue of those teams. I am sure this rhetoric is getting boring. All this to make a point, and personal observation, discussions on how to run a personal business or some ones religious persuasion goes beyond the scope of this forum, and in my opinion should be minimized or not engaged in, in the first place.
What about a trade with the Tigers involving Andrus and Porcello as the cornerstone pieces? Just a thought that occurred to me recently, but would work to the benefit of both teams. THe Tigers get a young SS to help offset Cabrera's lack of range, and the Rangers clear up a spot for Profar without moving Kinsler to 1st and bumping Moreland to the bench. Also the Rangers get their 5th starter without moving Robbie Ross out of the bullpen or putting the unproven Perez back in the rotation.
If Rick Porcello is part of the contingency plan, we're going to need at least one other highly-coveted player as part of the return. I'm not high on Drew Smyly, or that OF who everyone wants to compare to Miguel Cabrera. If it's Elvis for Porcello, straight up, then they'll have to add in a couple high-ceiling lower-level prospects to justify the return.
The Rangers already have a ton of MORP's. If we're moving Elvis, we either need a TORP or a MOTOB.
I have my asbestos shirt on so feel free to flame away at this post.Please note I own a business and am a reasonably wealthy - not middle class or upper middle class but wealthy person.
I think the reason Boras get demonized is that fans, especially those in smaller markets often perceive him as constantly steering his clients to the richer teams with no regard to emotional investment that fan have made in team the player leaves. In some ways this is like that first love that stopped talking to you when she was asked out by the guy with a corvette.
I think that many fans ask themselves what possible difference it makes whether you earn 10 or 11 million a year? The amount of money made by players in a year is more than most people make in a lifetime. To many fans I think it appears that asking for ever more just looks somewhat crass and greedy especially when paying $20.00 for a ticket plus $10.00 parking and who knows how much for an over priced beer and hotdog is a significant expense for the average fan.
Fans follow teams but they also follow players. When players constantly take the highest offer it does in many fans mind at least diminishes the game because loyalty is a virtue and we follow sports not just for entertainment but help reinforce concepts like fair-play, sportsmanship and teamwork that are often hard to see in other areas of society. I can appreciate Jared Weaver giving the Angel's a break. It helped the team. It exhibits the attitude of Essau telling Jacob "Brother, I have enough" or that somethings are more important than money. I think that one of the reason Pudge Rodriguez was so loved in Arlington, in addition to being a HOF player was that he took a team friendly contract and did so against the advice of his agent. (Michael Young could have learned a lot from Pudge in that regard)
I think at some level people realize that while it really helps money does not actually make you happy beyond a certain point and just wish that players could be grateful for the admiration and support of the communities they play in.
It may be unfair to single out Scott Boras because other agents do it as well but by always pushing the envelope on salary they and the players turn Baseball, in the minds of many fans from something noble into just a business. I follow businesses I have stock in. I hope they do well. I do not look to them to remind me of personal virtues
That may not be fair but that is how I see it and I believe I am right in my observation
That said I heard Scott Boras speak once. He said that in every contract negotiation he always gives the owners the an opportunity to sign the player for less, sometimes several million less if the difference were to go directly to lowering ticket prices and no owner had ever taken that option.
Once again mu opinions are as worthless as yours flame away
That doesn't make any sense. The only reason players get demonized is because we know how much they make every year. We have no idea what owners make because their books are closed for the most part.I'm not going to sit here and say that owners don't have a right to make as much money as they can. I just think it's stupid for somebody to call Scott Boras "Satan" for doing the exact same thing. The market is the market.
That doesn't make any sense. The only reason players get demonized is because we know how much they make every year. We have no idea what owners make because their books are closed for the most part.
I'm not going to sit here and say that owners don't have a right to make as much money as they can. I just think it's stupid for somebody to call Scott Boras "Satan" for doing the exact same thing. The market is the market.
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