Is Baseball that Stupid?

by Datechguy | February 3rd, 2018

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Is Baseball that Stupid?

Today at Drudge there is talk that base­ball play­ers upset that at a time of falling atten­dance are not spend­ing a for­tune on over­priced free agents are think­ing about tak­ing action:

One day after com­mis­sioner Rob Man­fred shrugged off the slug­gish free-​agent mar­ket for Major League Base­ball play­ers this win­ter as a blip, and one week after Dodgers closer Ken­ley Jansen sug­gested play­ers ought to con­sider whether to strike, one of baseball’s most promi­nent agents issued a man­i­festo Fri­day that hinted play­ers might not sim­ply ride out the remain­ing four years of the cur­rent col­lec­tive bar­gain­ing agreement.

“The play­ers are upset,” wrote Brodie Van Wage­nen, co-​head of CAA Base­ball. “No, they are out­raged. … Their voices are get­ting louder and they are unit­ing in a way not seen since 1994.”

That was the year of baseball’s last player strike. The cal­en­dar has turned to Feb­ru­ary, and more than 100 play­ers remain avail­able in free agency, includ­ing such stars as Jake Arri­eta, Yu Darvish, Eric Hos­mer and J.D. Martinez.

Van Wage­nen raised the pos­si­bil­ity of a boy­cott in spring training.

There is a ris­ing tide among play­ers for rad­i­cal change,” he wrote. “A fight is brew­ing. And it may begin with one, maybe two, and per­haps 1,200 will­ing to follow.”

I remem­ber the play­ers strike, it nearly destroyed the sport and at a time when fans have plenty of other alter­na­tives base­ball would be well advised to take advan­tage of Foot­ball piss­ing on their demo­graphic and rein­force their con­nec­tion with the fans rather than act­ing like spoiled brats. In fact they might even look worse that the foot­ball idiots who while wrong headed can claim to be kneel­ing on prin­ci­ple rather than strik­ing over a few mil­lion less.

If big mar­ket teams like the Red Sox are sen­si­ble enough to real­ize they have an excel­lent nucleus that scored a ton of runs and came back over and over again then the more power to them.

And if small mar­ket teams have decided that a sin­gle big free agent isn’t going to be enough to win that’s fine too.

Of course if a team thinks Arri­eta, Darvish, Hos­mer or Mar­tinez is worth the cash that’s fine too but con­sider this exam­ple:

Boston has actu­ally offered some­thing more in the vicin­ity of $125MM over five years, per Michael Sil­ver­man of the Boston Her­ald (via Twit­ter). Obvi­ously, that’s a far sight more than what had been reported a few days back — and gen­er­ally within the range of what might rea­son­ably have been antic­i­pated for Mar­tinez enter­ing the winter.

That sounds like an awful lot of money to me but appar­ently Mar­tinez thinks he’s worth more.

As we cov­ered recently, Jon Hey­man of Fan Rag reported less than a week ago that Mar­tinez is prepar­ing to wait for those num­bers to move north­ward. The vet­eran slug­ger is said to want six years with an annual value at or above the $30MM rate. That’s a mas­sive ask — well over the six-​year, $150MM pre­dic­tion that MLBTR made enter­ing the winter.

want to offer him $125 mil­lion that’s on them, and if Mar­tinez wants to decide that it’s not good enough that’s his right too.

But if the Major League play­ers are stu­pid enough to strike because a JD Mar­tinez isn’t get­ting that 6th year then they deserve all the trou­ble they are going to get from it.

Today at Drudge there is talk that baseball players upset that at a time of falling attendance are not spending a fortune on overpriced free agents are thinking about taking action:

One day after commissioner Rob Manfred shrugged off the sluggish free-agent market for Major League Baseball players this winter as a blip, and one week after Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen suggested players ought to consider whether to strike, one of baseball’s most prominent agents issued a manifesto Friday that hinted players might not simply ride out the remaining four years of the current collective bargaining agreement.

“The players are upset,” wrote Brodie Van Wagenen, co-head of CAA Baseball. “No, they are outraged. … Their voices are getting louder and they are uniting in a way not seen since 1994.”

That was the year of baseball’s last player strike. The calendar has turned to February, and more than 100 players remain available in free agency, including such stars as Jake Arrieta, Yu Darvish, Eric Hosmer and J.D. Martinez.

Van Wagenen raised the possibility of a boycott in spring training.

“There is a rising tide among players for radical change,” he wrote. “A fight is brewing. And it may begin with one, maybe two, and perhaps 1,200 willing to follow.”

I remember the players strike, it nearly destroyed the sport and at a time when fans have plenty of other alternatives baseball would be well advised to take advantage of Football pissing on their demographic and reinforce their connection with the fans rather than acting like spoiled brats.  In fact they might even look worse that the football idiots who while wrong headed can claim to be kneeling on principle rather than striking over a few million less.

If big market teams like the Red Sox are sensible enough to realize they have an excellent nucleus that scored a ton of runs and came back over and over again then the more power to them.

And if small market teams have decided that a single big free agent isn’t going to be enough to win that’s fine too.

Of course if a team thinks Arrieta, Darvish, Hosmer or Martinez is worth the cash that’s fine too but consider this example:

 Boston has actually offered something more in the vicinity of $125MM over five years, per Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald (via Twitter). Obviously, that’s a far sight more than what had been reported a few days back — and generally within the range of what might reasonably have been anticipated for Martinez entering the winter.

That sounds like an awful lot of money to me but apparently Martinez thinks he’s worth more.

As we covered recently, Jon Heyman of Fan Rag reported less than a week ago that Martinez is preparing to wait for those numbers to move northward. The veteran slugger is said to want six years with an annual value at or above the $30MM rate. That’s a massive ask — well over the six-year, $150MM prediction that MLBTR made entering the winter.

want to offer him $125 million that’s on them, and if Martinez wants to decide that it’s not good enough that’s his right too.

But if the Major League players are stupid enough to strike because a JD Martinez isn’t getting that 6th year then they deserve all the trouble they are going to get from it.

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