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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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Since: Jan 29, 2011
Posted on: February 15, 2011 4:12 pm
 

La Russa blasts union over Pujols




Since: Mar 29, 2009
Posted on: February 15, 2011 4:11 pm
 

La Russa blasts union over Pujols

Woodstock you are obviously not too bright. If I have the ability to play 10 years, which would obviously be the case in my scenario, then after my 2 years are done I can sign ANOTHER contract. This is why the first contract is better. Also, since I would be getting more money up front, I would take the 50 million in 2 years over 100 million for 10. It's called investing you dope. Graduate high school and then get back to me.




Since: Dec 27, 2008
Posted on: February 15, 2011 4:09 pm
 

La Russa blasts union over Pujols

I love iot when these teams get the discount rate for 6 years on a player like Fat Albert (remember he mad league minimum for 3 years then had arbitrated years for the next three that in no way/shape/form met his market value) followed by another 4 or 5 at a hometown discount rate THEN they want to penny pinch & whine at having to overpay for a year or two (or three).  Fucking hypocrites.



Since: Oct 12, 2010
Posted on: February 15, 2011 4:05 pm
 

La Russa blasts union over Pujols

"But does Pujols getting $260 million or $290 million really affect the bottom line of the average union member"

LaRussa is such a hypocrite!!!!  Whine, whine, whine.  "I hate that its all about the money" and "Can you believe he would ask for market value when our city is so pretty."  It seems to me that if this whole thing is just over $30 million over the course of ten years, the Cards should pony up the money to one of the best hitters in the league and stop sending out their resident crypt-keeper to play politics in the media by blaming the players union after they refuse to front the cash.



Since: Aug 26, 2009
Posted on: February 15, 2011 4:03 pm
 

La Russa blasts union over Pujols

Wake up Cards fans!  Every pro athlete wants to be paid what they are worth.  It isn't always about the money, but about respect.  Albert doesn't want to make less than Arod when he knows he is worth more.  This is tough for most fans to grasp, but it is the reality.  That being said, I think he eventually resigns with the club.  I don't think in the current market anybody is going to offer up the 10 year $300M megadeal that he deserves based on Arod's 10 year $275M deal from 2007.  The Cards are going to have to step up though and offer something in the range of 8 years $240M if they want to keep him.  Not sure whether the Cardinal ownership can afford that committment.  Its a small market.  I feel bad for their ownership, as they are facing a major backlash if they can't get this deal done.  If they lowball him, the rival Cubs have the financial means and a demand at 1B, and are the logical suitor for Pujols.

La Russa is way offbase here and just sounds desperate in this article.  He is inferring that Albert can't make is own decision, and that the right decision is inevitably to stay with the Cardinals.  I think Tony should shut up and let Albert go through the decision process himself.  The man can think for himself.




Since: Sep 11, 2007
Posted on: February 15, 2011 3:57 pm
 

La Russa blasts union over Pujols

RIGHT ON TARGET TONY!!!!! It's the agents and the players union that are gonna kill the golden goose.  It's about time someone inside the game had the guts to say anything.



Since: Aug 26, 2009
Posted on: February 15, 2011 3:56 pm
 

La Russa blasts union over Pujols

Who isn't very bright?  After the 2 year deal in this hypothetical scenario, Lee would be available to sign another contract which would add on to the $50M.  Is that not obvious?



Since: Dec 31, 2007
Posted on: February 15, 2011 3:53 pm
 

La Russa blasts union over Pujols

go with your heart albert, you can't take all that money with you, and it doesn't always make you happy




Since: Nov 4, 2010
Posted on: February 15, 2011 3:52 pm
 

La Russa blasts union over Pujols

you are not very bright - "to exaggerate the point" - you send me 50mm for the next two years and i will send you back 10mm every year for the next ten



Since: Apr 11, 2009
Posted on: February 15, 2011 3:52 pm
 

La Russa blasts union over Pujols

Whether it is actual phone calls and meetings to pressure the Pujols camp or just the need to "set the bar for future players" - the union is definitely playing a part in this negotiation - or lack thereof.  Why the need for 10 years?  It will cripple the Cardinals for the next decade.  I love Pujols - but he is NOT thinking of the team - and that saddens me. 

Today of all days - Albert - look at Stan.  Look at the icon he has been to St. Louis.  We NEED you to step up and be that person.  You have always presented yourself as a team player - please, please sign a responsible contract.


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