Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo
You are here > Home > Baseball Newsstand > Baseball Primer Newsblog > Discussion
Baseball Primer Newsblog
— The Best News Links from the Baseball Newsstand

Thursday, January 19, 2012

The Onion: Prince Fielder Wondering If He Has Truly Free Agency

NEWPORT BEACH, CA—After meeting with his agent Monday to discuss his free agency prospects, Prince Fielder told reporters he was left wondering if he or any man can ever say his agency is truly free.

“Free agency suggests I am able to make a choice void of any constraint, but right from the get-go, that premise is problematic,” said Fielder, adding that it isn’t as if he can just get a job as an acoustical engineer, or even as a professional athlete in another sport.

“In the end, I am not an autonomous entity who can choose a path based on multiple options. Instead, I am one link in a causal chain, so my actions are merely the inevitable product of lawful causes stemming from prior events. What I’m saying is, I’m essentially limited to the 30 baseball organizations in North America; realistic, long-term socioeconomic factors have already decided which cities can support a team that pays the kind of salary I demand; and roster decisions dating all the way back to the invention of the game have determined which teams are in need of a first baseman today—so there are only a few clubs that could logically take me. And human nature will compel me to pick the one that offers the best, highest salary.”

Fielder concluded the press conference by saying that he is essentially a determinist, and that he enjoys hitting baseballs.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 19, 2012 at 07:59 PM | 6 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: brewers, business

Reader Comments and Retorts

Go to end of page

Statements posted here are those of our readers and do not represent the BaseballThinkFactory. Names are provided by the poster and are not verified. We ask that posters follow our submission policy. Please report any inappropriate comments.

   1. KronicFatigue Posted: January 19, 2012 at 11:42 PM (#4040906)
Halfway through I thought "wth, is this the onion?". I can't decide if i should feel clever or stupid.
   2. Bob Evans Posted: January 20, 2012 at 02:28 PM (#4041387)
I believe he'd be welcome in Japan as well. So there's that.
   3. Tippecanoe Posted: January 20, 2012 at 02:43 PM (#4041407)
Typical vegetarian.
   4. Fancy Crazy Town Banana Pants Handle Posted: January 20, 2012 at 02:48 PM (#4041414)
I believe he'd be welcome in Japan as well. So there's that.

Sure. Prince would look great in diapers.
   5. Addison Russell T. Davies (chris h.) Posted: January 20, 2012 at 03:17 PM (#4041438)
Halfway through I thought "wth, is this the onion?". I can't decide if i should feel clever or stupid.

I had the EXACT same reaction. At first, I was going to add a comment about how surprisingly articulate Fielder was (when I read "problematic" and then the "autonomous" bit).

But when I got to "causal chain" I started to wonder, and at "long-term socioeconomic factors" I went to check the TFA's source URL.
   6. Bob Evans Posted: January 20, 2012 at 10:14 PM (#4041728)
Prince would look great in diapers.

I'm still laughing. Well done, sir.

You must be Registered and Logged In to post comments.

 

 

<< Back to main

News

All News | Prime News

Old-School Newsstand


BBTF Partner

Dynasty League Baseball

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
Infinite Yost (Voxter)
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogThe Yankees Now Have a Second Ace | FanGraphs Baseball
(19 - 10:34am, Nov 21)
Last: Don August(us) Cesar Geronimo Berroa

NewsblogDeadline to set 40-man rosters tonight (11-20)
(7 - 10:32am, Nov 21)
Last: A Baseball Fan

NewsblogOT - Catch-All Pop Culture Extravaganza (November 2018)
(534 - 10:30am, Nov 21)
Last: McCoy

NewsblogThe View is Always Better When You're the Lead Dog
(11 - 10:22am, Nov 21)
Last: gehrig97

Newsblog2019 BBWAA HALL OF FAME BALLOT
(71 - 10:16am, Nov 21)
Last: snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster)

NewsblogFunhouse Mirrors, Colorado Peaks, and Looking the Part: A 2019 HOF Ballot
(1 - 9:58am, Nov 21)
Last: gehrig97

NewsblogPrimer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-21-2018
(2 - 9:58am, Nov 21)
Last: snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster)

NewsblogOT - NBA Thread (2018-19 season kickoff edition)
(2676 - 9:48am, Nov 21)
Last: jmurph

NewsblogRogers: Jim Hickey steps down as Cubs pitching coach
(2 - 9:42am, Nov 21)
Last: asinwreck

NewsblogCalcaterra - Adrián Beltré Retires, is a Slam Dunk Hall of Famer
(32 - 9:33am, Nov 21)
Last: T.J.

NewsblogOT - November* 2018 College Football thread
(317 - 12:44am, Nov 21)
Last: kubiwan

NewsblogOT: Soccer Thread (2018-19 season begins!)
(1238 - 11:48pm, Nov 20)
Last: AuntBea calls himself Sky Panther

Sox TherapyLet’s Get Off-Seasoning!
(12 - 10:43pm, Nov 20)
Last: Mike Webber

Hall of MeritMost Meritorious Player: 2018 Discussion
(9 - 9:02pm, Nov 20)
Last: Master of the Horse

NewsblogOT - 2018 NFL thread
(94 - 8:07pm, Nov 20)
Last: AuntBea calls himself Sky Panther

Page rendered in 0.2384 seconds
46 querie(s) executed