I can’t get over this race by Major League Baseball to pay out so much money to win over big name players. Each week the number gets higher.
The bidding war started last month with the signing of former Oriole Manny Machado, a 10 years contact for the San Diego Padres for $300 million.
Followed a week later by the Phillies signing Bryce Harper for a record 13 yr deal worth $330 million. Mike Trice signed a week later a 12 yr deal with the Los Angeles Angels for a whopping $430 million.
What I don’t understand is neither of these players measure up to the greats of my era, and most of these recent contracts are guaranteed. They won’t be productive that long.
Harper has yet to get a hit in spring training, although his signing broke the teams record for season tickets.
Many of the players today with their puny batting and pitching records would have been sent to the minors back in my day.
A pitcher was expected to win 20 games each season. I remember when Phila A’s left-hander Bobby Shantz won 20 games, he asked manager-owner Connie Mack for a $500 raise, which he reluctantly gave. The next year Shantz won 19 games. Mack cut his pay by $500.
Player’s in my time had to have winter jobs to eek out a living. They played ball for the love of the game, certainly not for the benefits.
Performance doesn’t mean a cut today with the non-cut clause in their contracts.
If it were not for TV contracts, looking at the empty seats in most stadiums many would have to close their doors. Games today are too slow and too long…and too expensive to attend.