Bill James, Red Sox consultant, catches heat for comments Nov 9, 2018 10:00:52 GMT -5
Post by Don Caballero on Nov 9, 2018 10:00:52 GMT -5
That's why unionization was so important, not just in baseball, but in general: Because while no individual is bigger than the industry he works in, the players - the labor - are the game. And Bill James works for the team that has the best players. For him to pull the lucky-to-have-a-job baloney when he's on the same payroll of this group of players, the best assemblage of players in the 21st century, that's especially daft.
But that's how negotiations go. I ask you for money, you say that's too much, we start some proxy wars. We could argue forever on how questionable it was for James to side with the owners, but again, he's not philosophically wrong to say what he said. The best you can do is say that he sounded like an a-hole, which he did.
So would the players. And future players and a lot of them pretty much only have this option to escape poverty. I dislike that this conversation is always about the responsibility that owners or the teams or the SPORTS have in regards to the players, but never about the players among themselves. For an argument based on defending the economically weaker link in the relation, there sure is some "f*ck you, got mine" mentality.