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Thanks for the entertaining article Bryan. I have two quibbles. I wouldn't call Walker's career average of .273 paltry. While not great it's certainly not paltry. Also, concerning the presidential election the winner did win, 306-232. (And no, I did not vote for Trump.)
I accept your challenge Dodger300. Here are a few tweets right after Andrew Breitbart died:
@darrenfiorello: Andrew Breitbart died? Is it wrong that I’m happier about that than when they got bin Laden and Saddam?
@readjunk: I wonder if the state of Douchery will lower it’s flags at half mast? #AndrewBreitbart
@johnkapp: Andrew Breitbart was a racist, sexist, homophobe. Good riddance. @towndrinker: good riddance to bad rubbish. no reason to mourn someone who made it their business to make this world a less pleasant place. #breitbart @Sttbs73: It is very hard to have sympathy for an evil person like Andrew Breitbart! I am done being NICE.
@jeffglasse: Andrew Breitbart now enjoying afternoon tea with Hitler #goodriddanceyouhack @darrenfiorello: People don’t die at 43 of natural causes. But if you’re going to live a lie, you may as well die one. #tcot #p2 @AlmightyBob: @AndrewBreitbart haha youre dead and in hell being a gay with hitler
@Chico Delainky: I wonder how #AndrewBreitbart died? If he was found with some type of foreign object in his butt., that would be really funny.
Good article Trevor. I still disagree with your conclusion, but there is nothing wrong with friendly disagreement. If my comment that instigated this article seemed "snarky" I apologize. It was not intended that way.
Fair enough Jason. We will have to agree to disagree on that issue.
Once again I'm going to take the contrary position and I'm sure I'll again be criticized for it. However, what do you all not understand about free market enterprise. And Trevor, you say that ownership could pay minor leaguers what they deserve. What exactly is that figure? I contend that the market has set the price. If minor leaguers think they are unfairly treated, they are not slaves and don't have to continue.
Thomas, I have a couple problems with your response. You say the article is about fair compensation for the minor leaguers, but who is to determine what is fair. I suggest that the players and their organization negotiate that figure. Also there is a huge difference between minor league players and illegal migrant workers. Minor leaguers are chasing a dream with a huge potential payoff. Migrant workers don't have that potential payoff.
I would also argue that it is OK to pay minor leaguers what they re being paid because, as I said earlier, they don't have to do it. They aren't slaves. That we disagree is perfectly fine, but I do disagree with the premise of this article, and it's not at all surprising that my initial comment has a negative rating. I'm sure this one will too.
If I may play Devil's Advocate here, if they (minor league players) don't like it they are welcome to go into a different profession. We are still a semi-free country after all. Not to get all political on you, but this article has a very Liberal slant to it. The author states that the league just made 1.16 billion dollars selling off part of itself to Disney. The problem with that argument is that Disney didn't pay that because of minor league players.
Concerning Brexit, "even supporters of the move regretted almost immediately." I don't think so! Maybe you've been watching a little too much MSNBC.
You say that the Rangers are playing in the weaker league this season, but the American League is 92-76 vs. the National League in inter league play as of the end of Friday's games. I'm hard pressed to say that the American League is the weaker league.
I agree with Noel, well maybe not the word salad maquerading as depth part, but the essence. If the runner comes off the bag, even for a split second, and the tag is on, then he is out. What's nit-picky about that?
Yes, Owings was one of the worse players in MLB last season, but he was playing through a shoulder injury. I think he deserves a chance to show what he can do now that he's healthy because I believe he still has the potential he showed in the minors.
Any benefit for the players should, of course, be considered part of the players split, therefore <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=1308">Tony Clark</a></span>'s assessment seems more appropriate than <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=80275">Scott Boras</a></span>'.
And the man who replaced Mr. Dombrowski in Detroit, Mr. Avila, is not off to such a good start, retaining <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=3">Brad Ausmus</a></span>.
I'm sorry to hear that you're leaving BP. I've enjoyed your work. Good luck in your future endeavors.
Actually it was not <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=102011">Matt Boyd</a></span>'s ML debut.
Except that the models of the climate scientists have been horribly wrong for many years. The scouts and prospect writers do a much better job.
Like poker, they are a game of skill with an element of luck involved. But then, what doesn't have an element of luck involved?
I can think of nothing the government does or says that is encouraging.
Good luck to you and your family. Your column is one of my favorites on BP. I hope you recover quickly.
Welcome. I agree with the premise of the article. I know I'm old school, but I hate the self-aggrandization that bat flips and flamboyant save celebrations actually are.
Our loss is the Cubs gain. Good luck to you Mr. Parks. I've greatly enjoyed your work at BP.
I signed up at Draft Sheet and turned in my first lineup today. I went with:
The vig is a bit steep but it's fun.
Great article. The same goes for announcers. As I believe I read on BP at one time, The skills it takes to play the game and the skills it takes to analyze the game, different skill set.
I'm a Tiger fan but I find the Astros a very intriguing organization and I'm rooting for them, and I'm sure they will succeed. Excellent article Ian.
I'm sorry for your loss.
This guy has to go. I can't read this stuff at the office without laughing out loud.
Another good call.
Mark "The Bird" Fidrych, for those of us old enough to remember.
You're not seriously espousing what that idiot Paul Krugman says, are you?
I found the article very interesting and enjoyed it. I do take exception to one premise, however. I know in these times of political correctness we don't want to blame anybody for anything, but take it from someone who has had addictions, addiction is a weakness, not a disease.
I know Pettite seems to have gotten a free pass on the steroid issue for some reason, but it has kept McGwire out of the Hall so far.
I am old and cranky, but when you combine the PED issue with the unethical way he forced his way out of Boston, Manny is no returning hero.
I hope you remain "a bit shrill" on this because there is nothing in baseball that irritates me more than the way managers use their bullpen. You are absolutely correct.