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La Russa blasts union over Pujols

Posted on: February 15, 2011 1:40 pm
Edited on: February 15, 2011 2:27 pm
Albert Pujols
Say what you want about Tony La Russa, but the man doesn't lack for opinions. And he wasn't shy about one Tuesday, railing on what he perceives as pressure Albert Pujols is getting from the players' union to push for the biggest possible contract regardless of what he'd prefer personally.

"I know what he's going through with the union, and to some extent, his representatives,'' La Russa told reporters.  "His representatives are getting beat up by the union. 'Set the bar. Set the bar.'

"That's bull[expletive]. Purely and truly. You've got to deal with it, but that's not the way it should be.

"It should be, 'Look at all the factors.' Values, loyalty, maybe there's a better opportunity someplace else. Maybe there's a better opportunity than here. All that stuff. But it shouldn't be the most money, the most money, the most money.

"I just know those forces are in place. I don't ask them about it. It's not my place to ask. I don't know much he's going to listen to it or is listening to it. But those are powerful forces."

Does the union apply direct pressure to players to reject any offer but the biggest? It's not really clear, but the concern is common among club executives and some fans. The union's interest is keeping salary levels up for its members. But does Pujols getting $260 million or $290 million really affect the bottom line of the average union member? And isn't what's best for the health of baseball and its individual teams ultimately best for the players?

UPDATE: Union chief Michael Weiner, contacted by, denied that anyone from the union had been involved in the Pujols situation.

"The truth is we've had no conversations with Albert or Danny (Lozano, Pujols' agent) or anybody on Albert's behalf about the numbers in this negotiation. None. It's never been the union's policy to pressure players and certainly it's never been the union's policy to pressure players because they have to set the bar for other players."

-- David Andriesen

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Since: Jan 23, 2011
Posted on: February 15, 2011 9:11 pm

La Russa blasts union over Pujols

no team will pay the 30 million his agent wants , that is for sure and if they did unless they where the redsox or yankees the next 5 years that team would be in the basement of their division 

Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: February 15, 2011 8:40 pm

La Russa blasts union over Pujols

Really?No team would pay him?The Angels,Baltimore,the Dodgers after the legal fiasco,besides the Cubs just to rub it in.

Since: Jun 26, 2007
Posted on: February 15, 2011 8:38 pm

La Russa blasts union over Pujols

I'd not surprised that LaRussa is anti-union. I'd be surprised if he said something other than that, seeing how he was Glenn Beck's baseball posterboy this summer at his rally.

Tony looked unseemley laying postrate before that FOX dude.

Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: February 15, 2011 8:27 pm

La Russa blasts union over Pujols

Ahh, but there is fact behind what LaRussa is saying.  Here in OKC there is a former MLB player on the radio.  He has often said, including just this afternoon, that when a big name player's contract comes up, the union pushes the player to get the most amount of cash possible.  Why?  Because when a player gets a max contract, it raises the bar for everyone else.  If the top becomes $300 mil over 10 years, then everyone below can up the ante on how much they ask for.

Unions are there for one reason and one reason only, to get the max for their people. No different here.  

Since: Sep 10, 2007
Posted on: February 15, 2011 8:17 pm

La Russa blasts union over Pujols

There is also no fact behind what LaRussa is saying.  So we have to ask ourselves why is LaRussa saying it, if there are no facts. Let's look at LaRussa the person. Recently Tony Larussa made sure everybody knew he was going to a big Tea Party event and introducing Pujols to a Glenn Beck' Restoring honor Rally. (Same day as the "Have a Dream Speech")
So maybe this is Larussa again trying to make a political statement. In this case the political statment is  "If we lose Pujols it's because of Unions"
Tony La Russa is a good manager, and he knows having a talent like Pujols around helps him win.  So I can see why he might be upset if Pujols leaves, but I believe this was just an attempt to use Pujols and his situation to push a political agenda. 

Since: Feb 23, 2009
Posted on: February 15, 2011 8:09 pm

La Russa blasts union over Pujols

so terfra, let me ask you this when management stands up to rediculous union demands their the bad guy. its not like pujols cant live on 150mil over 5. or is latrell sprewell representing him. and im sorry but to compare the unions today to the one's that started the movement years ago is as you call it( intellectually challenged). they have nothing in common today its get me another coffee break, back then it was a hard working man who just wanted 1 cup.......

Since: Feb 16, 2009
Posted on: February 15, 2011 8:00 pm

La Russa blasts union over Pujols

OH MY!!!!!
LaRussa had a complaint!
What ever will the Union  do?
Serve snacks with his whine?

Since: Sep 8, 2006
Posted on: February 15, 2011 8:00 pm

Spare us the union lecture

The hypocrisy of unions is that they support the democrat/liberal idealogy which touts an intergrated global perspective and loathes American nationalism while at the same time complaining that the jobs are going overseas.  Could it be that the jobs are going overseas because the unions demand that their members make $120 an hour to screw in a bolt, and only allow their members to screw in 3 bolts a day?   The unions indeed were necessary at a certain point but became corrupt and greedy, just like their hated shopowners, and have now outlived their usefulness.  So spare us the talking points from the Workers Daily and focus on the issues. 

Since: Jul 6, 2007
Posted on: February 15, 2011 7:45 pm

La Russa blasts union over Pujols

why would he scream racism?? thats stupid.  What  you wont give me my 300 milion?  thats racism!!   why would he do that?  thats stupid    i like la russa.  great guy.  classy

Since: Jan 2, 2011
Posted on: February 15, 2011 7:42 pm

La Russa blasts union over Pujols

BTW, you didn't have to tell meyou have NO isse with the owners, your a Yankee fan. You'd let the steinbrenners and their family milk the New York City treasury dry before you realized YOU were footing the bill. BTW, Yankee stadium was built with tax payer dollars, they DO NOT foot the bill and "assume most of the risk." BTW, they profit off of taxpayer money WHILE they use YOUR money to build a new stadium. Also, get real, Yankee baseballis ALL about the money, quit being a kidder over there. You're the type that turns a blind eye to Pujol's salary, when your whole yankee lineup makes more than 600-700 MILL altogether. No player wanted to play for free and ONLY for the love of it before the big money era.Go ahead, be a good cheerleader for the rich, they love stooge talk like yours.

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