pro athletes griping about their contracts

27 10 2006

What is up with pro athletes signing long contracts then asking to be traded?  We’ve seen this in recent years from high-profile players like Manny Ramirez, Alex Rodriguez (A-Rod), and Miguel Tejada.  Just this week, the Yankees picked up the $13 million option on Gary Sheffield but he didn’t approve of it.  Note that this was part of his contract that he agreed to when he signed it.  His response?  This is almost humorous (though obviously not to him) :

“This will not work, this will not work at all.  I don’t want to play first base a year for them.  I will not do that. … I don’t know what they’re [Yankees] going to do.  Maybe they picked it up just to trade me.  If they do that, if I just [go] to a team for one year, there’s going to be a problem.”

That is stupid.  (How’s that for a direct opinion?)  He signed a contract, and now he’s obligated to it.  So many of the superstar players demand a long-term contract for lots of money, then gripe when it isn’t what they wanted.  If they’re not sure where they want to play, they should sign one-year contracts.  If they want to play in a particular place, they should sign there, even if they make only $5 million a year instead of $6 million a year.  But most of all, when they sign a contract, they should honor it, especially when they get to play baseball, be famous, and make millions of dollars.




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2 04 2007
Beppo’s Blog » Blog Archive » pro athletes chasing the big bucks

[…] There’s been other players who chased the biggest contract and ended up playing on last place teams and then weren’t happy.  Perhaps most famous is Alex Rodriguez, who signed the largest contract ever, at $252 million over ten years with the Rangers.  But because the team paid him so much, they couldn’t afford much pitching, so they finished in last place every year he was there.  Then he jumped at the chance to get away from the Rangers so he could play with the Yankees, even though he had signed that ten year contract. […]

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