This morning’s Dee Gordon news caused quite the hubub around the baseball world. With Gordon being the second player caught in as many weeks, a lot of people got very silly on twitter.
The Boston Globe’s Peter Abraham (the globe is owned by John Henry, who in addition to being a powerful steel driving man is the owner of the Boston Red Sox)
ESPN’s Buster Olney
And the Detroit Tigers Justin Verlander
Now in my personal opinion the ideas above are crazy. To give one side of a guaranteed contract the ability to void that contract is a very dangerous move, and the suggestion that the union is somehow in the wrong for not going along with this is absurd.
As for Verlander’s point it effectively means treating a player as guilty until proven innocent. The reason you are allowed to play while appealing is so that word does not get out, false positives happen all the time and they can ruin a player’s name. I can only imagine Verlander himself being in the same situation yet insisting on playing because in this case he is innocent.
But nobody really cares what I think, so I called my Grandpa and asked his opinion.
Me: “So what is you’re opinion on the MLBPA surrendering the rights of it’s player to keep the game clean?”
GP: “What are you talking about?”
Me: “Do you think the baseball players union is too powerful?”
GP: “Yes I think so, to be honest I don’t even think these guys should be paid. I had to go to work everyday for a living, then on Wednesday I would PAY to go down to the park and play. I don’t see why this should be any different.”
Me: “Well they play everyday”
GP: “So would I if I could’ve, we could only get the park on Wednesdays though”
Me: “But what about all the travel, they have to fly all over the place constantly, Its a very hard life”
GP: “The travel is a bonus! I seem to remember you being very excited to travel that time you went to Australia, and Scotland, and New York!”
Me: “But what about the fact that these guys bring in millions of dollars every year for their company, shouldn’t they be rewarded?”
GP: “That’s my biggest gripe, if these guys weren’t being paid so much maybe the games would be free, they should be, it’s a pastime not a buisness and if they love the game so much it shouldn’t be such a chore to play it”
And with that the conversation ended.