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Saturday, November 09, 2013

Crasnick: The growing rivalry between Scott Boras and Jay-Z

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.

The District Attorney Posted: November 09, 2013 at 07:08 PM | 27 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: agents, business, dead presidents, jay-z, robinson cano, scott boras

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   1. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: November 10, 2013 at 12:35 AM (#4597249)
Oh no, not another bloody east coast/west coast feud. Every clause you pitch, every bum gets rich, every Heyman snitch, I'll be missing you.
   2. Dale Sams Posted: November 10, 2013 at 12:57 AM (#4597252)
B***h I got more clients than Santa got ho's
You just Jerry Maguire plus two mo.

You think yo s**t don't smell funny
Until you make a deal,Z,'show ME the money!'
   3. The Ghost of Sox Fans Past Posted: November 10, 2013 at 01:20 AM (#4597255)
If he helps Holliday with his swing, he'll be a better player, and he'll tell his fellow players.
So, it's all about the money.
   4. Shock Posted: November 10, 2013 at 01:32 AM (#4597256)
This has to be the number 1 most unexpected rivalry in history.
   5. Russ Posted: November 10, 2013 at 05:35 AM (#4597268)
This has to be the number 1 most unexpected rivalry in history.


It's like a crossover special edition comic book.
   6. AJMcCringleberry Posted: November 10, 2013 at 07:11 AM (#4597273)
This is the greatest headline ever.
   7. Lassus Posted: November 10, 2013 at 08:14 AM (#4597286)
I have to admit, I did not expect a Sting lyric to come after Gonfalon's first sentence.
   8. AJMcCringleberry Posted: November 10, 2013 at 08:41 AM (#4597295)
He used the Puff Daddy lyric.
   9. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: November 10, 2013 at 09:14 AM (#4597302)
#7: To be precise, the "Biggie's dead" song, recorded at the height of Puffy's "take someone's entire chorus and say "uh" over it" period.
   10. TRBMB Posted: November 10, 2013 at 09:21 AM (#4597306)
Highest ranking crack dealer ever, absolute brilliance, highly admired.
   11. TRBMB Posted: November 10, 2013 at 09:27 AM (#4597308)
As for Bore-ass, top notch egotist.
   12. cardsfanboy Posted: November 10, 2013 at 06:22 PM (#4597632)
With this type of rivalry, you just hope both party destroy each other.
   13. The Yankee Clapper Posted: November 10, 2013 at 07:04 PM (#4597651)
This is the greatest headline ever.

Maybe for MLB, but it isn't even in the same ballpark as HEADLESS BODY IN TOPLESS BAR.
   14. Monty Posted: November 10, 2013 at 07:08 PM (#4597652)
I'm partial to this review of Tim Burton's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
   15. cardsfanboy Posted: November 10, 2013 at 07:29 PM (#4597660)
Maybe for MLB, but it isn't even in the same ballpark as HEADLESS BODY IN TOPLESS BAR.

How does he only get 25 years to life for that?
   16. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: November 10, 2013 at 07:34 PM (#4597662)
Let's not forget the unintentional kind.
   17. Lassus Posted: November 10, 2013 at 08:09 PM (#4597666)
#7: To be precise, the "Biggie's dead" song, recorded at the height of Puffy's "take someone's entire chorus and say "uh" over it" period.

Ah, you know, I thought about that immediately after I wrote it, that I'd missed a mash-up, but only researched Jay Z, not Biggie.
   18. Dale Sams Posted: November 10, 2013 at 08:13 PM (#4597667)
How does he only get 25 years to life for that?


Watch the ID Channel sometime. That's *well* within the purview of a reasonable sentence considering what some people get away with. You'll see some people go to jail for life based on a few drops of blood 20 years after the fact, and others get manslaughter even though there's a mountain of evidence.


   19. zonk Posted: November 10, 2013 at 08:38 PM (#4597674)
   20. GregD Posted: November 10, 2013 at 08:49 PM (#4597678)
This headline should have been used for one of the OTP threads...
Yes, access denied is hilarious!
   21. The Yankee Clapper Posted: November 10, 2013 at 09:13 PM (#4597682)
How does he only get 25 years to life for that?

Well, it's New York. If it is any comfort, he's been denied parole (several times) so he may do the maximum. Hard to believe, but apparently he's been much less than a model prisoner, making his release unlikely.
   22. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: November 10, 2013 at 09:24 PM (#4597686)
Let's not forget the unintentional kind.

when the architect Edward Durell Stone died (designed MOMA, and many other things) the front page of the NYT had the headline " Edward Durell Stone Dead at 76"
   23. zonk Posted: November 10, 2013 at 09:33 PM (#4597689)
This headline should have been used for one of the OTP threads...

Yes, access denied is hilarious!


Really? That sucks...

"Republicans Turned off by Size of Obama's Package"
   24. GregD Posted: November 10, 2013 at 09:36 PM (#4597691)
"Republicans Turned off by Size of Obama's Package"
That is awesome!
   25. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: November 11, 2013 at 12:49 AM (#4597755)
Not a headline, but in a cricket match in the 80's, Michael Holding was bowling to Peter Willey and the announcer came up with this...“The bowler is Holding, the batsman’s Willey!”
   26. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: November 11, 2013 at 01:35 AM (#4597763)
That's how you get a sticky wicket.
   27. zonk Posted: November 11, 2013 at 08:23 AM (#4597806)
Not a headline, but in a cricket match in the 80's, Michael Holding was bowling to Peter Willey and the announcer came up with this...“The bowler is Holding, the batsman’s Willey!”


Jerry Coleman has a larger collection of these than anyone else... Here's a good list. A few of my favorites...

"There's a fly ball, deep to right field! Winfield is going back, back, back, he hits his head against the wall! It's rolling away!"

"Ozzie Smith just made another play that I've never seen anyone else make before, and I've seen him make it more often than anyone else ever has."

"Boros is not with the team today because he's attending his daughter's funeral. Oh, wait, it's her wedding."

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