13 Days Til The Extinction of Baseball

439 words written by dylan
Posted August 17, 2002 @ 06:06 PM

I do not understand why people are so optimistic about a resolution. Thirty ownership groups who pay 750 players an average of $2.3 million per year to throw, hit, and catch a ball -- then charge fans $20 to park, $20 to get in the gate, and $5 for a hot dog. Truth is, these fools are so disconnected from financial reality that they are blind to shrinking attendance, falling TV ratings, increased economic substitution, and a future resembling the Professional Bowlers Association, which was saved from extinction only by a group of tech millionaires.

Here's some selected bits from this AP news item:

"I think a majority of owners, including me, would probably like to have even stronger cost-containment than we're talking about right now,'' (Rangers owner) Tom Hicks was quoted as saying in Saturday's editions of The Dallas Morning News....

Hicks, speaking from his yacht off San Diego, called the setting of the Aug. 30 strike date Friday "a maneuver for the benefit of public relations and not substance.''

Giggle. A baseball owner on "his yacht" speaking about public relations. Also:
"For the good of baseball, we need to have cost-containment....'' he was quoted as saying....

Hicks, who gave Alex Rodriguez a record $252 million, 10-year contract, said that if baseball winds up with a luxury tax, the Rangers would never exceed the threshold.

"Every team in baseball that has any kind of business sense would try to manage its payroll to stay under that tax threshold,'' Hicks said. "There might be one or two that wouldn't, but that's a decision those teams have to make. Certainly, I can assure you, the Texas Rangers wouldn't be among them. If this system is implemented, the Texas Rangers will be under the threshold.''

Um, Mr. Hicks, you DIDN'T have to sign ARod for $252M. You could have signed him for less money. You knew at the time the biggest offer on the table for him was $18M/year. You could have had him for $20M/year -- then plowed that other $5M into improving your minor league coaching or signing a decent pitcher. Heck, you could have not paid $18M and used that to sign two good pitchers, improve your scouting, and hiring the best instruction for your farm clubs -- and still had a few million left over. But you paid your money and made your choice. Luxury tax or not, you made the bed you lie in when you agreed to Scott Boras' outrageous demands.

I should note that Blogger Pro's grammar checker went nuts examining Hicks' quotes. Guess he pays someone else to use proper grammar.