So Tell Me Why It Is We’re Suppose To Listen To Anything That Scott Boras Has To Say ? Is It Pertinent ?
It amuses me when I read how ‘uber-agent’ Scott Boras now deems it appropriate for MLB to set into motion where he thinks that the hierarchy ought to have a salary structure in place for rookies entering the draft. Am I missing something here ? This is the same Scott Boras who originally wanted a signing bonus of $25 million signing bonus for his then client Stephen Strasburg who would then sign with the Washington Nationals . But I digress , what we have here is bloviate who finally realizes that economy of the game is now stifling his earning potential and power.
Scott Boras, chided for bonus demands for amateur clients, says the Major League Baseball draft needs restructuring. “In this system, everybody thinks this is about money. No, this is about saving money. It allows for less mistakes,” he says. photo appears courtesy of USA Today Jason M. Millstein ……….
More caustically , need I remind you that of the eight highest paid players in the game, 6 of those players’ contracts were negotiated by Boras, himself. Now far be it for me to suggest that Boras is solely to blame for the financial mess within the game. But in large part the idiocy of this all ‘falls squarely on the shoulders of the general managers’ and ‘owners’ who acquiesce and allow Scott Boras to dictate the price being paid. A statement that can be directly attributed to Boras was that “…….the market can bear whatever it can bear ” !. And this all is borne out by the fact that Boras feels that teams such as the Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees , Los Angeles Angels , New York Mets , Philadelphia Phililies and St Louis Cardinals are able to afford the ‘multi million dollar contracts’. So needless to say , Alex Rodriguez’s ten year $275 million contract negotiated by the player on the advice of Boras , with the Yankees’ intermediary and GM Brian Cashman , was something that the agent felt proud of. Wouldn’t ‘you’ , if your commission is in the range of anywhere between 3-6 % of the contract’s worth ? Never mind what the player will be able to earn via the prospective commercial endorsement contracts that may well come their way.
Courtesy of USA Today Thursday’s edition 03/11/2010
By Bob Nightengale , USA Today
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Agent Scott Boras is the man baseball loves to hate.
It’s not enough that he’s blamed for baseball’s escalating salary structure, but he’s considered in some quarters almost personally responsible for ruining Major League Baseball’s amateur draft with outrageous bonus demands for amateur clients.
The draft was designed to provide baseball’s greatest amateur talent to its worst teams, but often the best player is bypassed by cellar dwellers for financial reasons.
The Washington Nationals might have reveled in No. 1 pick Stephen Strasburg’s dazzling debut Tuesday, but seven months ago there was the daunting prospect they couldn’t afford him.
“If we had the same rules as the NBA and NFL,” Detroit Tigers broadcaster Rod Allen says, “the Washington Nationals could have either taken Strasburg or traded down. They could have gotten a couple of players who already are in the big leagues or prospects.
“But the way it’s set up now, they had no choice.”
Strasburg, represented by Boras, signed a four-year, $15.1 million contract, the richest in draft history, minutes before the Nationals lost the rights to negotiate with him.
And yet three months later Strasburg’s contract was dwarfed by a pitcher not subject to the draft. Cuban defector Ardolis Chapman signed a $30 million contract with the Cincinnati Reds.
“There’s no question,” Boras says, “the draft needs to be completely redone. It’s not working.”
Major League Baseball can’t agree more. But the $7 billion industry question is, how can it be changed? There has been talk of a hard slotting system similar to the NBA’s or an international draft.
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USA TODAY’s eight-person committee emerged from a four-hour roundtable discussion with imaginative solutions.
•The elite players in the draft, a consensus top 40 chosen by scouting directors, would be granted free agency, just like the international players. There would be no worldwide draft, but the disparity between American and foreign players would be greatly narrowed.
•The rest of the players would go into two eight-round drafts — one for collegiate players, one for high school players. The worst team would get the No. 1 collegian and the No. 1 high schooler. Players drafted would not receive a signing bonus but a three-year contract for $30,000 a season. If clubs want to retain the player after three years, they would pay $150,000 for the following season and $250,000 apiece for the next two years.
•The players who aren’t drafted can either go to college or enter a developmental league for 60 days, giving every team another chance to sign them. If not selected, the players would get the message that pro baseball might not be in their immediate future.
“This system allows us to make less mistakes,” Boras says. “It allows players the opportunity to get a qualified amount of money to play baseball and allows the elite players to be separated and treated the same as the international player.”
“It’s a whole different level of thinking,” Milwaukee Brewers pitcher LaTroy Hawkins says. “I love it.”
The idea is to ensure that only the truly elite players are drafted. There would be college scholarships awaiting those who don’t make it. And fewer kids would be deceived about their chances of being a big-leaguer.
“In this system, everybody thinks this is about money,” Boras says. “No, this is about saving money. It allows for less mistakes. It’s about not seeing kids get hurt.
“They’re drafting kids and taking them out of college. They’re saying, ‘You have a chance to play pro baseball,’ when truthfully they don’t. Right now, 98% of the kids that are signed are later released. Let’s stop sending false messages that players drafted in rounds nine through 50 are going to be in the major leagues.
“We’re spending 45% of our money on players drafted after the fifth round. Owners say our draft budget went from $5 million to $9 million because of you. I tell them, ‘No, the $5 million you spent (on one player) was right. The other $4 million you just wasted.’ ”
Improving scouts’ efficiency
The committee also says this system would increase the efficiency of the top amateur scouts.
“Given the system now,” Chicago Cubs special assistant Gary Hughes says, “I didn’t see all of our guys. Or even close. Maybe 10%. So you better have good scouts. There are guys that won’t draft a player unless they’ve seen them. And shame on them.”
Says Boras: “The problem with the draft is that the man who best knows the commodity is completely removed. When a guy with the experience of someone like Gary only sees 10% of the guys they sign, something is wrong. With this, you’ll have more eyes on fewer guys.”
Every player drafted will also be provided money for college costs. This provides a safety net for players who fail to reach the big leagues and benefits baseball in its efforts to persuade athletes to avoid other sports.
“I know if I hadn’t made it to the majors,” Los Angeles Angels center fielder Torii Hunter says, “I’d be 28, 29, with no work experience. I’d be fortunate to make $30,000 a year because that’s the only thing I know.
“That’s why I really want my kids to go to college.”
The concept, the committee acknowledges, will need fine-tuning. But it wonders if the proposal will be taken seriously by owners, particularly considering it is largely Boras’ brainchild.
“You know what you need,” Hughes told Boras. “You need to sell that to (well-regarded baseball executive) Roland Hemond and have him believe in it too. Let him sell it, because you’ve got no chance.”
This is part of a five part series of articles written over the course of this week delving into the game of baseball. Different journalists from the paper have contributed to each of the articles in question along with an empaneled group who discussed the game.
It now makes me wonder, what it is that Boras is now aiming for ? Because before this , we’d never have heard the agent make this sort of announcement at all. The owners themselves, while on the outside looking in, may well feel happy. But at the same time I’ve got to wonder what Bud Selig and the league’s hierarchy must think of this all ? When it came to dealing with the financial aspect of the game MLB Commissioner Bud Selig has been as about insightful as the government is now seen to be , when dealing with the fallout of the US economy. He’ll give us a great many platitudes as to the overall health of the game. But needless to say the commissioner fails to let you know that in 2008 he was compensated rather handsomely . Handsomely, to the tune of $17.5 million as a matter of fact. Well, from Selig’s point of view , baseball has been very , very good to him. And no doubt in 2009 he had to have been paid immeasurably more. In 2010, who knows what the figure will be ? As to the likes of such teams, as the Kansas City Royals , Tampa Bay Rays , Minnesota Twins , Oakland Athletics , Pittsburgh Pirates , San Diego Padres and Colorado Rockies are left to eke out whatever they can by way of the monies they receive concerning the tax revenue sharing scheme officiated by the league.
Now comes the hard part, how amenable is baseball to changing the the salary structure for rookies ? And down the line are they willing to instigate a ‘hard and fast salary cap’ in the game ? This may well be the only way to stave of financial disaster for some clubs within the game. As amenable as Bud Selig continues to be , at the heart of it all he still remains a used car salesman. Even as the owner of the Milwaukee Brewers , the club was essentially being ran as if it were a used car sales’ lot. And even now is it any different under new ownership ? And much of Selig’s alleged business acumen is derived from his car dealerships within the Milwaukee city area. What’s the saying …….’if you’ve seen one used car salesman then you’ve seen them all’ ? Well not much has changed with Selig in that respect, as he’s now got much larger car lot to preside over. And it just happens to be the game of baseball and the consumers coming unto the lot happen to be the fans of the game who attend the ballparks up and down the country to derive whatever pleasure there is to be had. As to whether or not the fans are now getting value for money, that remains to be seen.
Scott Boras as an agent , has simply been a facilitator of the utter madness that has overtaken the game with regard to the inflated salaries and the game’s finances. And he above all people should realize that he’s played a part in what has almost caused the ruination of the sport. Instead he’s been acting as if he’s now a savior with an idea that could make the game better for us all. Somehow Boras comes across to me , more as a con-man more than anything else. But as I’ve alluded to earlier it has been the owners and general manager more than anything else that that have made the ridicule that it has now become. I mean Selig derives pleasure in what he states has been the healthy state of the sport and its stringent drug testing policy. But if he were broached on the subject of the finances of the game he’d be at a complete loss to really tell you how many clubs within the game are actually profitable at present. And this is a sport that has revenues in excess of $ 6.5 billion a year. If the vast majority of the 30 teams can’t even eke out a profit , then what hope is there for the game ? Never mind the fact that the GM’s act like an out of control corporate executives who believe they’re in control of AIG or GM . Thankfully, there’ll be no government bailout here, should things start to go ‘south’. But then again , who’s to say that Selig won’t have the temerity to come cap in hand seeking assistance from the Federal government ? Stranger things are known to have happen and will continue to happen within the game.
Funny thing is, Scott Boras has me wondering whether or not I should now be listening to anything that he has to say. It’s not as if he’s ever had the game’s best interests at heart. But then again which entity within the game , ever has ? The hierarchy of the game ? The ‘owners’ ? The players and their union ,the MLBPA ? You tell me ?
NB: In order to read each of the articles covering the five day series just click on the link provided here. A Day To Day Look At The Game of Baseball . Click on the aforementioned link and then from there take your pick as to which of the series in question is of interest to you. Or you may choose to read all five in question.
Alan Parkins aka tophatal
‘Money Makes The World Go Around’ …….from the movie ‘Cabaret’ as sung by Joel Grey & Liza Minnelli . I wonder if this is what ‘both’ Boras and Selig have in mind as it concerns the game of baseball ? Given the fact that by their way of thinking there’s still a great deal of it within the game for all thirty major league teams. If only all of that were true ? What do you think ?
English glamor model Danielle Loyd . Need I say anymore on the matter ? In order to view Danielle’s gallery in full just click on each picture individually. Oh my, Danielle what fine assets you have ? All the more for us all to view and play with.