Discussion in 'Sports' started by Perch1019, Mar 19, 2008.
I'm actually with them on this one...you aren't paying our managers, fuck you we're not going
So MLB is holding back money they agreed to when they signed the deal for the Japan series? Or is it the Sox owner who's not paying.
Either way it's kinda shitty, but on the other hand, I'm not going to feel bad because these guys didn't get their $40,000 stipend.
I hope the Sox go and it fucks them up for 2 months like the Yankees in 04.
mlb saw disaster on their hands and came to an agreement with the redsox. an agreement that must mean they are going to pay the managers.
seems kinda of dumb for baseball to pay the players to go over their but not the staff. its not like there isnt enough money to go around fucking cheapos
God help me I agree too. It's nice that they are looking after the staff who DOESN'T make the mondo bucks that they do.
they could have always sent the Bad News Bears:
the fucked up thing is they go over there...play 2 exhibition games, 2 regular season games, and then come back to California and play MORE EXHIBITION GAMES...after the season starts...fuck that...they should boycott those games, or start NO ONE of any relevance.
The Yankees had to do the same thing back in 2004. The two more exhibition games when they return, is still part of spring training if I'm not mistaken. The Red Sox are actually getting the better end of deal this time. They will start the season on the west coast and work their way back east.
I wonder if the As have /had the same problem. I was against it when the Yanks went and Im against it now. The japs wanna see it? Have them come here and spend thier yen here in the states to see the American game. We dont need to go there. Or we can send our AAA teams there. They can see our burnt out our rehabbing players that way.
As much as I find the Japanese interest in Major League Baseball annoying, Japan is the only market where the MLB's fanbase is growing. The MLB would be completely stupid to not exploit this situation. They can sell expensive TV broadcasting contracts to TV stations who will only show a small cross-section of games and they will have exhibition games where tickets sell at a price-point starting at 60 US dollars. They can sell replica uniforms for 4 times what the Red Sox could get in their home stadium.
From a player or manager perspective, their performance in Japan can make an individual player marketable outside of their talent level.
Brian Buchanan, Adam Riggs, Alex Cabrera, Tom Davey, Lance Carter, Tuffy Rhodes, Ryan Vogelsong, and Scott Atchison (to name a few) have been able to carve out successful careers outside of the Majors (or at least extend their earning potential an extra couple of years) by moving to Japan.
One exhibition at-bat could create a sort of sports media rivalry between a Japanese Pro Baseball player and a Major Leaguer. That one As or Red Sox player could be a bench warmer in the US but then immediately become a prospect in the NPB. This could be beneficial to all the parties involved.
It is really easy to say, "Let the Japs come here if they want to watch baseball" but would you want to watch the Super Bowl shown edited and on tape delay if it was played overseas? Probably not. Do you think the Japanese people would want to watch an exhibition game on tape delay? Do you think the Japanese would be interested in watching an opening day game if they had to travel 16 hours to Boston to see it?
The MLB should pay all of the team staff what they promised them. However assuming that being in Japan for a week is "bad" for the Red Sox difficult for me to comprehend. Jet lag is the only real downside.
I just love how over the past few days, I have heard people on ESPN bitching and moaning about the fact that the Red Sox had to Japan in the first place. Funny I didn't hear all this outrage when the Yankees and the Devil Rays had to do it 4 years ago.