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Moderator disregard flagging - I muffed it.
I was laughing at the nattering nabob negativism of the ESPN trio while they preached the fundamentalism of pitch-count orthodoxy to Pedro, as if he were some prospect from high school - and not a mature man with credible judgment developed from his experience, surgery and recovery and his actual knowledge of his own physical capacity, but instead they chose to regard his as if he were a heedless fool bent upon his own destruction.
It's not a one-size fits all world.
Yes, an "idiot" that's managed to keep a horrible offense vying in contention.
Gose leads SB . . . . "There goes Gose."
I'm going to take this opportunity to relate a personal story, perhaps it may help someone.
I've ridden a bicycle about San Francisco Streets for many years -always without without a helmet. Too "geeky" I thought . . . A month ago, it occurred to me that brain damage or worse would be "geekier", so I bought one.
Two weeks later, I, wearing my helmet, I had my first bike accident ever - hit the lip of a recessed manhole cover - bike went left, and I went winging over the bars. The first thing to hit the road - the helmet (broke the helmet visor). I was very fortunate that there wasn't a vehicle behind me, and suffered only 6 broken ribs.
"Ah . . . Adam LaRoche, Andy LaRoche . . . . You seen one "rock" you seen them all."
Okay, what's the surgical procedure to repair, and what's the recovery time? I'd guess he's out for a month +/-
After the debacle in the Bronx, one might expect your comment on the Smoltz labrum "recovery"?
Kotchman's hitting almost 40% more grounds balls than LaRoche.
One might hope that folks that work to appeal to the "lowest common denominator" would welcome such statistical enhancements. . . . NOT!
Not to dispute your fine analysis, but to broach the problem as a purely practical matter; after all it is an arbitration (not a trial) and not defined and confined by legal doctrines. It concerns the (practical) functioning of major league baseball duopoly, and an agreed \"deadline.\" The parties drew a line, but how dark (\"dead\") was the line?
Surely, the CBA could have commanded an absolute deadline with the most mandatory language, but practicality was an underlying touchstone of their intents and informal waivers according to circumstance presumed would adapt to a particular signing negotiation -with changing the general rule; hence, the enters of \"Slack.\" Of course, for every \"Slack\" there must be a countervailing \"Gotcha\" - an the Union must express a grievance to confine \"Slack\" from eroding the CBA.
What\'s the harm to the union members and the particular players; and, if any, and what\'s the remedy? And, legal doctrine aside, what\'s the role of the of \"Slack\" and \"Gotcha\" in the scheme - and the functioning of the collective agreement in the business of the baseball duopoly.
Certainly, the parties contemplated that the deadline would be flexible in real time - if negotiations were on going and proceeding to final agreement (as indeed they were). Too, if the \"deadline\" were construed as absolute, it could work counter to the purpose of the CBA and foreclose negotiations if an agreement could not be final before the \"deadline.\" Or, as here create a \"loophole\" (\"Boras-hole\"?) for a \"good faith\" charade.
And, as regards estoppel and reliance, let\'s not forget that they arose from centuries of common law adjudication of real business disputes - and express a practical solution to advance rather than retard commerce and contracts and preclude (\"estoppe\") pettifogging gambits.
The instant purely \"black-and-white\" analysis - always yields to the \"collective unconscious\" of human transactions that is the product of the analog human conduct of business.
Outcome? (I\'d guess that) the arbiter will give the Union a sop by holding a technical violation - and requiring that the Owners advise the Union negotiations that are allowed to continue past the erstwhile \"deadline.\" The player signing should stand as agreed.