Saturday, November 09, 2013
Yeah, yeah, I’d love to know how you emphasize “in” in “in July”.
in July, [Scott Boras’] name appeared in a tune by rapper Shawn Carter, aka Jay Z. The song “Crown,” on the CD “Magna Carta Holy Grail,” includes the following lyric:
“Scott Boras, you over baby
“Robinson Cano, you coming with me.”
In April, Cano dropped a big one, revealing that he had left Boras and would be represented in his baseball dealings by Creative Artists Agency and in his off-field endeavors by Carter’s Roc Nation sports…
Jay Z… recently made news for hosting an elaborate birthday bash for Cano in Antwerp, Belgium, during which multiple bottles of Armand de Brignac Ace of Spades champagne were consumed. When Cano received a $33,900 watch as part of the festivities, it sent out alarm bells among other agents and the people at the players association who drew up the game’s agent regulations.
The glitz and glam notwithstanding, it would be a mistake to underestimate Jay Z’s vision or brilliance as a businessman…
“This guy is mega-wealthy and uber-successful,” said a prominent baseball agent who asked not to be named. “He’s probably negotiated his own deals with record executives who are more cut-throat than any GM of a baseball team. You want to talk about big business—that’s big business.
“This isn’t rocket science. The guys at CAA have put a ton of time into it and know every variable in every contract constructed. They have that template laid. Sure, there are certain nuances in negotiating in this environment, and Jay Z has none of them, but I don’t think he’s going to have any problem getting his phone calls returned.”
For baseball writers and club executives who might be wondering, Jay Z’s schedule appears to preclude him from attending MLB’s annual winter meetings in Orlando, Fla., in December. He’ll be in Los Angeles, Fresno and San Jose, Calif., on his “Magna Carta World Tour” that week, so the chances of him renting out a suite at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin resort and making a surprise appearance with his wife, Beyonce, are remote…
Boras [client Matt] Holliday… spoke to ESPN.com at length about the impact that Boras has had on [his career], and tried to debunk certain widely held notions about Boras and his approach.
Misconception No. 1: It’s only about the money.
Holliday recalled an encounter with Boras during a trip to Los Angeles in late May. He was hitting a respectable .270 with six home runs, but felt out-of-sorts and uncomfortable with his swing and his approach. Boras arrived at dinner with notes from previous conversations with Holliday and reams of data that showed how Holliday fared when he expanded his strike zone and swung at balls off the inside corner of the plate. At heart, Boras is a baseball dweeb who loves to talk about “bat drag” and “swing planes” as much as franchise values and the ramifications of the luxury tax…
Cano’s upcoming deal has big ramifications for the Yankees, future marquee free agents and the men who negotiate their deals. If Jay Z hits paydirt, it could be a foothold to more Robinson Canos down the road. If Cano’s deal is light, he’ll have some proving to do within the industry.
Boras, meanwhile, is viewed in a whole new light by some of his players since the release of “Crown.”
“I called him and said, ‘You’re in a rap song?’ You finally made it,” Holliday said.
Friday, August 30, 2013
The union believed they were weaponizing guarantee language to use against the players. Maybe this was excessive worry, but even with nearly two decades of labor peace, the union refuses to trust in whatever the best intentions of teams may be. Just as players would look to exploit loopholes to their advantages, teams would do the same.
And in this case, the union believed this sort of guarantee language was leading to an unthinkable place, one where teams are going to try to turn a baseball contract into a football contract….
Take, for example, section C(2) of the Cubs’ guarantee language. It says the Cubs may convert a player’s contract “If Player is injured in any Prohibited Activity.”
The prohibited activities are as follows:
“(A)uto racing, motorcycling, piloting, co-piloting, learning to operate, or serving as a crew member of, an aircraft, being a passenger in a single engine airplane or private plane, hot air ballooning, parachuting, skydiving, hang gliding, bungee jumping, horseback riding, horse racing, harness racing, fencing, boxing, wrestling, karate, judo, jujitsu, any other form of martial arts activity, use of an All Terrain Vehicle (‘ATV’), skiing (water or snow), snowmobiling, bobsledding, luging, ice hockey, ice boating, field hockey, squash, spelunking, basketball, football, softball, white water canoeing or rafting, kayaking, jai-alai, lacrosse, soccer, tennis, rodeo, bicycle racing, motor boat racing, polo, rugby, rodeo, handball, volleyball, in-line or other roller skating, surfing, hunting, paddleball, racquetball, archery, wood chopping, mountain climbing, boating, any weightlifting not prescribed by or approved in advance by Club (said approval not to be unreasonably withheld), participation in the ‘Superteams’ or ‘Superstars’ activities (or any like activity) or other made-for-television or made-for-motion picture athletic competitions, or any other sport, activity, or negligent act involving a reasonably foreseeable substantial risk of personal injury or death.”
Twerking, apparently, is the only thing a baseball player is allowed to do.
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