As I sit here and look at my bank account to determine if it is time for a microwaved dinner or if I can actually afford some decent food, I can’t help but feel utter rage over what I just read. In recent years, Major League Baseball players have been setting record contract deals almost every other day. The Los Angeles Dodgers just signed Clayton Kershaw to the highest pitching deal in MLB history. Kershaw’s new 7-year $215 million deal with Dodgers is the cherry on top of this insane baseball tradition.
Just one month after Robinson Cano signed the 4th largest contract ever with the Seattle Mariners, pissing off every Yankees fan by the way, Kershaw agreed to an astonishing $31 million a year deal for 7 years. This makes Kershaw now the 12th Pitcher in MLB history to sign a contract worth over $100 million dollars. Yes you read that correctly, there are now 12 different pitchers that have signed contracts for playing a sport that demands them to work no more than 40 days out of the year. When you look at it that way it really makes you wonder if any of these players are actually worth it.
I still remember when Kevin Brown signed the first ever $100+ million dollar deal and how absurd that sounded when it happened. Now it has just become absolutely disgraceful. To keep it in perspective, it isn’t just pitchers that are paid with these exorbitant deals. In 2013 alone, there were 20 different players that made at least $20 million dollars and only half of those were pitchers. The amount of money these “athletes” are making is unfathomable. If you don’t like my quotations on the word athletes take a look at the image below.
There is no denying that baseball is the overall least athletic of America’s 5 major sports (Baseball, Basketball, Football, Hockey and Soccer). I just don’t understand how some teams can justify paying a single player this much money. With Kershaw and Cano’s new deals there are now 6 players in the MLB that will make more money next season than the entire Houston Astros team (Houston’s 2013 teams total salary was slightly over $24,000,000).
So I ask everyone reading this, is there any justification for paying someone this much money? Sure, Kershaw has been the best pitcher in the National League, and arguably all of Baseball over the last 3 years, but even so is he worth $30+ million a season. In his first 6 seasons, Clayton has only hit the 20 win mark once (21 in 2011 when he won his first Cy Young). So let’s say that he is going to have a career year next season and win 25 games for the Dodgers; that would mean that LA paid Kershaw alone $1,228,571.43 for each of those wins. That’s not even taking into account the games he might lose. This is clearly a preposterous amount for any player no matter how good he may be.
All in all, my point is that Baseball needs to come up with some salary cap rules similar to those of the NBA to regulate what these players are making. At this pace, players around bound to be making close to $40,000,000 a year by 2020. That is just laughable!
Never in my life did I feel like the Aaron Hernandez fiasco would be overshadowed this soon after its occurrence, but the stupidity of Ryan Braun has done just that. As one of my fellow Tribesmen, I would have loved to look past Braun’s lies and deception, but I just can’t. Ryan Braun did not only lie about his PED use, (who in Baseball hasn’t), but he insulted the intelligence of Major League Baseball and all of the baseball fans in the world.
Yesterday, Braun admitted to his use of PEDs after MLB’s Biogenesis Documents proved he was guilty, and here is what he had to say:
“As I have acknowledged in the past, I am not perfect. I realize now that I have made some mistakes. I am willing to accept the consequences of those actions. This situation has taken a toll on me and my entire family, and it has been a distraction to my teammates and the Brewers organization. I am very grateful for the support I have received from players, ownership and the fans in Milwaukee and around the country. Finally, I wish to apologize to anyone I may have disappointed — all of the baseball fans especially those in Milwaukee, the great Brewers organization, and my teammates. I am glad to have this matter behind me once and for all, and I cannot wait to get back to the game I love.”
Now, this seems like a pretty sincere apology and I would probably take him seriously if he hadn’t already proven that he is the most untrustworthy asshole in Baseball. Sure, we have had other moronic liars when it comes to PED use like Mark McGuire, Sammy Sosa, Barry Bonds and most of all Roger Clemens, but the bar was just raised by the 2011 NL MVP*. (Yea that’s right, I am giving it an asterisks now)
If you don’t know where my anger towards Braun is coming from then you probably don’t remember the investigations that have happened over the past couple of years. Braun tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone during his MVP season in 2011. He avoided suspension for his positive results because of “an error in the collection process” of his urine sample. Sounds like someone had a good lawyer (enter Jewish joke here). Instead of just taking the win of his appeal gracefully, Braun decided to further stick his own foot in his mouth. He verbally attacked the testing process, labeled himself a victim, and proclaimed his innocence. Here is a list of his lies he told in his February 24th, 2012 news conference:
“I tried to handle the whole situation with honor, with integrity, with class, with dignity and with professionalism because that’s who I am and how I lived my life.
“I would bet my life that this substance never entered my body at any point.
“I have always stood up for what is right. Today is about everybody who has ever been wrongly accused and everybody who has ever had to stand up for what is actually right.
“I will continue to take the high road because that’s who I am and that’s the way that I’ve lived my life. We won because the truth was on my side. The truth is always relevant and, at the end of the day, the truth prevailed.
“I am a victim of a process that completely broke down and failed in a way that it applied to me in this case.
“The system in the way that it was applied to me in this case was fatally flawed.”
I bet you don’t accept his apology now, do you? After admitting his wrong doings yesterday, Braun received a season ending suspension for the PED use as well as his lies from the past year. What type of message is this sending to the younger generations. This man got caught doing something illegal then got acquitted of said actions because of a loophole in a flawed system and then verbally attacked the system that was in all actuality correct. Now he only gets suspended for 65 games? That’s ludicrous.
I put the lies of Braun right along the same level of those from Lance Armstrong. At least Lance made millions upon millions for cancer research whist lying and cheating. What the hell has Braun done? This act of deceit needs to be handled a lot better and with a much grander penalty.
There is nothing we can do now except sit back and enjoy watching the next 11 people get suspended for their part in the Biogenesis Documents. Bye, Bye A-Rod!