I wasn’t too shocked last night to read that the number one pick in the baseball draft, selected by the Washington Nationals, turned down a record breaking contract. More than anything, I was angry. The numbers weren’t released, but Stephen Strasburg was offered the most money ever for a rookie pitcher by the Washington Nationals.
Stephen Strasburg is a right-handed pitcher from San Diego State whose fastball has been clocked at 102 mph.
Strasburg has been labeled a once-in-a-generation talent. He went 13-1 this season, leading Division I pitchers with a 1.32 ERA and 195 strikeouts. Last month, he won the Golden Spikes Award as the top amateur player in the United States, and was the only amateur on the U.S. Olympic baseball team that won a bronze medal at the 2008 Beijing Games.
Can you guess who his agent is? Scott Boras, the disgrace. Scott Boras is the most disgraceful person in baseball history in my view. He could single-handedly ruin baseball if he hasn’t already. He makes it impossible for the lower income teams to compete because they could never offer players enough money to stay or play for them and then in turn, these teams don’t have any good players.
The president of the Nationals, Stan Kasten, acknowledged the possibility that his team probably won’t reach an agreement with Stephen Strasburg. Stan Kasten characterized Boras’ approach as “advocating a new methodology for evaluating draft picks”—changing the way a draft pick’s worth is determined.
Boras said it didn’t make sense to compare Strasburg’s value with bonuses from eight years ago, when Prior and Mark Teixeira set the marketplace. Teixeira was guaranteed $9.5 million and earned about $11 million, including bonuses, under a deal Boras negotiated. Since then, baseball’s revenues have more than doubled to $6.5 billion.
“For the first time in eight years we have an extraordinary player who is in the draft marketplace,” Boras said. “Wouldn’t we all like to buy bread at a price they charged 100 years ago, a nickel a loaf, with the income we enjoy today?”
Advocating a new methodology? Strasburg hasn’t even stepped foot on a major league field! What moron Scott Boras doesn’t realize is that the market was over priced eight years ago when he set the market.
The reason I don’t like this is because it makes baseball unfair. Do I really want to see the Washington Nationals struggle every year to put a competitive team on the field? I don’t. It takes the fun out of baseball. Who wants to see the Yankees or Red Sox play the Nationals knowing a win is guaranteed? That’s not good for baseball and neither is Scott Boras.
I hope Strasburg fails miserably because of this. I don't want to see him become successful. I want to see him become the biggest failure and the biggest bust of all time.
I know agents should try to get the most for their clients but this is ridiculous.