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Of your four points, I agree with one to a degree. That's the last point about PED's. I don't think Fehr did a good job with PED's, especially with the PR aspects of the issue. You can't hang the first two issues on Fehr. Owners have always been out to make as much money as possible (which is fine, as baseball is a business). Do you really think prices would be lower if someone like Gene Upshaw had been in charge of the MLBPA? I totally agree with Joe's contrast of the MLBPA to the other sports' players associations. As for labor unrest, there hasn't been any kind of stoppage in fifteen years. That's not bad at all.
Donald Fehr did his job, and for the most part he did it well. I wholeheartedly agree with Joe's column. CurseThis, I ask you only one question. Did Donald Fehr do what he was hired to do by the MLBPA?
I live near Danville, IL, home of the Danville Dans. Went to a game last week. They have been in the CICL for the past twenty years, but this year the CICL merged with another league from further east (Ohio, Pennsylvania, etc.) to create the 11-team Prospect League. I haven't scoured the rosters of all teams yet, but Danville features players from Pepperdine, LSU (after the CWS of course) and Ole Miss, among others. Thoughts on the Prospect League this year?
That is awesome. I've never seen any kind of a record like that broken in person. Great stuff.
1. My first major league game was actually a doubleheader in 1991 at Atlanta Fulton-County Stadium featuring the Braves and Pirates. At the time, the Braves were trailing the Dodgers by a few games in the NL West race (after being awful for several years). They swept the doubleheader and would of course to on to the World Series, beating the Pirates in the NLCS to get there. It was pretty cool being there in person to observe firsthand a team turning the corner and becoming the best NL franchise of the 1990's.
2. As a Cubs fan growing up, I alternately loved and hated watching Shawon Dunston play shortstop (and hit for that matter). The guy had good range and a cannon arm, but you never know when one of those throws would end up in the stands. At the plate, he could turn around anyone's fastball, but he was comically bad at laying off (or hitting) the low and away slider from a RHP.
Regardless of the "person" in which the interview was done, nice job David! Keep them coming. The Toby Harrah two-parter you did recently is my favorite.
Great interview. The young guys who have Toby as a coach are probably learning a lot about how to play the game in all phases.
Hang in there. We're all rooting for you.
Bryan...I live in Big Ten country. Not exactly the hotbed of college baseball, but can you see the conference getting more than one team in the NCAA's this season? Illinois and Minnesota seem to be having pretty good seasons, along with usual suspect Ohio State.