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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 ESPN.com, 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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Comments

Since: Nov 1, 2006
Posted on: February 15, 2011 6:22 pm
 

La Russa blasts union over Pujols

Typical unions, do whats best for you, but not for everybody



Since: Apr 21, 2007
Posted on: February 15, 2011 6:13 pm
 

La Russa blasts union over Pujols

I agree... the baseball union wouldn't be doing its job if it WASN'T involved in the negotiations whether it be emails, opinions, etc...  there must be lots of pressure on Pujols and his agent.  All of baseball is watching....



Since: Mar 29, 2009
Posted on: February 15, 2011 6:12 pm
 

La Russa blasts union over Pujols

First off, it's real easy calling names on a computer. I'm sure you would not say that in front of me. I lived in Philly and the place is a s**t hole. Don't be upset at me because you live there. You're a fool on top of all that. Can you re-read what you wrote? "so lee will be makin maybe 1-2 million more anually each year but he lost about 30-50 million in gaurenteed money, and took 2 less years to be with the phillies.......just cause he  is makeing more annually each year doesnt take away from the fact that he took 40 million less gaurenteed money(60 million with the option.)"

So in one statement, his contract changed? You obvioulsy don't know what the contract is. Look it up, then look up the yankees offer. When you get your head out of your ass, you will then see the Phillies offer was a better financial move. You and the media are a bunch of idiots. 

The Yankees offer was 7 years 150 million (21.4/year), Phillies offer was 5 years 115 million (23/year). You're not smart but you can figure out that 23 is bigger then 21.4. After 5 years, Lee would have made 8 million more. Also, if Lee planned on playing 7 years, that leaves 2 years left for him to sign ANOTHER contract. If the media wanted to twist the story so the Yankees offered 1.6 million less per year, you would follow like the sheep you are. But instead, use that thing in between your ears and maybe you can do your own thinking.



Since: Sep 13, 2006
Posted on: February 15, 2011 6:06 pm
 

La Russa blasts union over Pujols

So you are OK paying $200 a ticket in 5 years to go see your favorite team. Dont you people understand what these contracts are doing to Sports? Get Real.....



Since: Nov 25, 2007
Posted on: February 15, 2011 6:06 pm
 

La Russa blasts union over Pujols

Yes, LaRussa also has the opinion that it is okay to drive drunk.  So, who cares about his opinion?  It's slurred. 



Since: Sep 13, 2006
Posted on: February 15, 2011 6:01 pm
 

La Russa blasts union over Pujols

The GM is with the Reds now and you are wrong. They CAN afford to pay him, they won't because they don't want to ruin the franchise.




Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: February 15, 2011 6:01 pm
 

La Russa blasts union over Pujols

Now, It's the Union's fault....

Tony LaRussa tells his players not to comment on the Pujols contract negotiations, because he doesn't want a distraction, and HE goes off on talking about it, and blames the Union ?

Hilarious.

Have another drink, Tony...it may be a long year.




Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: February 15, 2011 5:56 pm
 

La Russa blasts union over Pujols

Interesting quotes from the MLBPA Union chief.  Is this the same stance of the Union that refused to support Alex Rodriguez when he would have accepted a restructured contract to leave Texas for Boston?  They publicly stated they were against the deal that was agreed to by Rodriguez, the Rangers, and the Red Sox-- the only people who should have had a say in the situation.  For the MLBPA to state they don't have anybody directly or indirectly pressuring Albert Pujols or his representatives to hold out for the longest possible contract is garbage.



Since: Jul 12, 2009
Posted on: February 15, 2011 5:31 pm
 

La Russa blasts union over Pujols

This is just the case of unions being where they don't need to be.  Back when they were created it was for a good reason, to protect the workers from harmful working conditions.  Nowdays quite a few unions are pointless to exist, and other unions are run like the mafia.  This all puts unfair pressure on the workers and businessmen.  My opinion on this situation is that the unions should back off.  Just because the Yankees were stupid enough to give A-Roid $300 million for a bunch of years when he was already in his 30s shouldn't mean that the Cardinals have to offer Pujols more than that contract. 



Since: Jul 13, 2010
Posted on: February 15, 2011 5:27 pm
 

La Russa blasts union over Pujols

FYI: Cliff Lee did not take less money. The media has just twisted it like that. The Phillies offered more per year then any other team. To exaggerate the point, 100 million for 10 years is not more then 50 million for 2 years.

hey idiot, yes he did take less money. all that matters in baseball is the amount of GAURENTEED money on the contract. so lee will be makin maybe 1-2 million more anually each year but he lost about 30-50 million in gaurenteed money, and took 2 less years to be with the phillies. also that hurts his chances of signing another deal for a good amount of money after this contract is done. he could have took the y years with the option for an 8th from the yankees and he could have had 3 more years of stability and almost 60 million more. so whoever wants to say he didnt take less money is friggin dumb. just cause he  is makeing more annually each year doesnt take away from the fact that he took 40 million less gaurenteed money(60 million with the option.) who passes up 40-60 million dollars??? nobody. so dont try to take that away from lee. your just hater on the phillies just lik everyone else you loser...


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