Albert Pujols Newsbeat
Saturday, August 24, 2013
Though he has spent millions on players, including a record $153 million on this year’s payroll, many people both inside and outside of the Angels organization agree that Moreno’s reign of terror has created obstacles not only impossible for the club to overcome, but ones that have shifted the Angels into reverse.
When the decision was made to pursue Vernon Wells from Toronto before the 2011 season, a move Scioscia is said to have endorsed, it was Moreno, one source says, who threatened then-GM Tony Reagins with a firing if Reagins didn’t consummate the deal within 24 hours. Moreno is described as being chapped at having lost free agent Adrian Beltre to the Rangers roughly two weeks earlier, and that helps explain why, in an agreement that utterly stunned almost everybody in the game, the Angels agreed to pay all but $5 million of the $86 million to a player that Toronto was so eager to offload that the Jays surely could have been persuaded to pay millions more.
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Baseball in particular and sports in general need victories in this game. In the past, even when there seemed to be a chance, we ended up with something like a Roger Clemens trial, where government lawyers fumbled and struck out, Clemens misremembered but still won, and most of us felt the need to take a shower.
Sports fans need a public exposure, a legal case with discovery and depositions, an unraveling of facts and testimony that logically slaps down all the naysayers and Internet experts (all anonymous, of course).
Here are samples, both on the mark, in reaction to Clark-Pujols, from a website called Just One Minute:
• “History doesn’t inspire confidence in adamant big league denials.”
• “I hope Pujols wasn’t using PEDs; unfortunately, that is like hoping a Chicago politician isn’t a crook.”
Pujols is in a position to change that tone. He needs to push ahead with the lawsuit, make sure it is very public, and that it becomes an answer to the current universal shrug of sarcasm by all sports fans that says: “They all cheat.”
Monday, August 05, 2013
Last sentence is classic.
[Alex Rodriguez] is almost halfway through a 10-year, $275 million contract with the New York Yankees. Signed in December 2007, it replaced a 10-year, $252 million deal with the Texas Rangers…
“Ten, 20 years from now, if we’re sitting around talking about the worst contracts, those are the two that will immediately come to mind,” said Wayne McDonnell, an assistant professor of sports management at New York University. “Just in terms of dollars and cents, I think the two Alex Rodriguez deals will probably go down in history as being the worst.”...
“When the contract was signed, there was a lot of concern among not just Major League Baseball, but all sports for the dollars that were involved,” said Harvey Schiller, who was the chief executive officer of YankeeNets LLC, the team’s broadcast arm, when Rodriguez was acquired… “Whether he’s given the true value in terms of marketing, I would say no, especially when you compare him to Derek Jeter or even the value you get out of guys like (Curtis) Granderson or (Mark) Teixeira,” Schiller said. “For the Yankees, you’d have to say that dollar for dollar, there was a better investment in the rest of them.”
Determining the worst sports contract depends on whose perspective you are taking and at what point you are taking it, according to Andrew Zimbalist, an economist at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, who has written a dozen books on the business of sports.
In looking at the most problematic U.S. sports deals from the vantage point of the day they were signed, “I’d say A-Rod’s was on top,” Zimbalist said of the Yankees’ contract.
From the perspective of how the signing helped build a franchise, the Rangers’ contract was worse, according to Andy Dolich, who has held operations-management positions in all four major U.S. sports leagues.
“You’re always going to look for a player to build the team around and increase net value,” Dolich, a sports business consultant for the London-based executive search firm Odgers Berndtson, said in a telephone interview. “I don’t think you could say he necessarily did that with the Rangers, and whatever the ultimate payout is going to be here at the end of these negotiations, it will really be a correcting error in the Yankees’ overall financial structure.”
The issue with both Rodriguez deals is their length, Zimbalist said… “It’s really problematic whenever you sign a player for 10 years,” Zimbalist said. “If A-Rod didn’t prove that, Albert Pujols is proving it now.”...
“I thought the Albert Pujols contract was a really good one at the time,” said J.C. Bradbury, a professor in the department of exercise science and sport management at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw,
Georgia. “This guy has fallen unexpectedly. It’s bizarre.”
Bradbury, who’s analyzed contract values and written books including “Hot Stove Economics: Understanding Baseball’s Second Season,” said statistically Rodriguez’s deal in 2009, when the Yankees won their most recent World Series, was the worst in baseball.
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Posted: August 05, 2013 at 03:32 PM | 23 comment(s)
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