Monday, May 11, 2009

Off-Day Argument

So... Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe has a very long column dealing with a long list of items. But one caught my eye:

An excerpt:
A couple of major league owners whispered to me last week that they wish there was something they could do to void contracts when a player such as a Manny Ramírez is suspended for violating the drug policy.

While Dodgers owner Frank McCourt will get $7.7 million in relief for Ramírez's unpaid 50-game suspension, owners would like to get rid of such contracts altogether.

"There ought to be something to protect us from something like this," said a National League owner. "We sign a contract with a player in good faith and then the contract is violated and the player basically can't live up to the terms of the contract because of his behavior.

"It's just not right that we have to be stuck with a contract like that."

So the off-day argument is as follows: If an MLB player violates the drug policy, should their contract be voided?


Kevin said...

Often I find myself speaking in generalities and looking for rules to blanket a problem in my life, but these kind of rules do little to please. The belief that a failed drup test diminishes the complete worth of a player is too general of a thought and I might add incorrect. One could make a case that post-steroids performance of some players has destroyed their marketablity, but this cannot be proved across the board.

Yesterday I was at the Dodgers game, and I took note of all of the manny fans in attendance. Though in a PED hibernation, Manny will continue to earn money for the franchise. Manny did mess up, but it does not completely diminish what he has brought to the Dodgers. Talking with Dodger fans, many agree that they are dissapointed with Manny, but they also eagerly await his return.

I believe a blanket rule is not right because every situation is going to be different. These kind of "PED clauses" should be written into the fabric of the individual contracts.

Nomad said...

the ironic thing is that "performance enhancing drugs" are so common in people's everyday life, like caffeine for example