"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free." - President Ronald Reagan
Have you seen the sports headlines lately? Money is flying fast from teams to players. I don't want to hear owners in the next union contract negotiations complaining about the cost of doing business. It's obviously the owners driving up the cost of doing business and higher ticket prices are next.
The latest is Carlos Correa, who just won the baseball lottery also known as free agency. Correa is a career .279 hitter with power and a good glove. He is good, but I wouldn't sign him for more than 10 years. But baseball has changed, as any fan can tell you. It reminds me of Tony Oliva, who just joined the Hall of Fame. Back in 1972, Tony had just won his third AL batting title and got the Twins to reward him with a two-year contract worth a $ 100,000 per season.
Free-agent shortstop Carlos Correa won't be going to the San Francisco Giants after all.
Hours after the Giants postponed Correa's introductory news conference Tuesday, in the early hours of the morning on the East Coast, the New York Mets swooped in and reportedly offered Correa a 12-year, $315 million deal to play third base.
So are the Mets the most expensive roster in baseball? It looks like that way, but it could change.
The March labor agreement that set industry rules through 2026 is one factor behind the increased spending, but there are several more forces at play.
The labor deal included an expanded playoff format, leading to more TV money for owners, and cleared the way for advertising on uniforms and helmets for the first time.
Under the five-year agreement, the luxury tax threshold rises to $244 million by the final season and tax rates remain unchanged at the initial, second and third thresholds. A new fourth threshold was added -- supposedly aimed at Mets owner Steve Cohen -- but it looks as if the billionaire views that hefty tax bill more like a nuisance as he pushes his team's payroll to near $400 million.
So advertising on uniforms and baseball streaming on I-Phones will pay for all of this? I sure hope so. I guess we will have to double check the uniforms next season to see if the guy batting is named Smith or Chevrolet!
Power to the players and I hope they make a lot of money. Some of us long for the days when contracts had something to do with hitting .300 or winning 20 games.
Jerry Koosman was born in Appleton, Minnesota, on this day in 1942. He broke with the Mets in 1967 and was part of that young pitching staff that included Tom Seaver and Nolan Ryan, He won 19 in 1968 and 17 in 1969, or the year that the Mets beat the Orioles in the World Series. Koosman was 140-137 with the Mets with a 3.09 ERA & 109 complete games, or an indication that he pitched well with a lot of bad teams. He was traded to the Twins and won 39 games in 3 seasons. Overall, Koosman won 222 with a career 3.36 ERA. Wonder how many games he would have won with better teams? My guess is that it would have at least 275 games and we'd be talking about Koosman in the Hall of Fame. Great left hander!