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The Business Of Baseball. Where Does Fair Fit In?

17 Oct 2001:  Pitcher Tom Glavine #47 of the Atlanta Braves throws a pitch during the first inning of Game 2 of the NLCS against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Bank One Ballpark in Phoenix, Arizona. DIGITAL IMAGE  Mandatory Credit: Jeff Gross/ALLSPORT
Michael LanganContributor IJune 4, 2009

A lot has been written/said about Tom Glavine and his  despicable or long overdue, (insert point of view) release from the Braves Wednesday. Most has been centered on the Fairness of releasing an Icon of his tenure after he had put in an apparent succesful rehab stint in the Minors. He had a $1 Million Bonus coming if activated, with more to come if he were on the roster for 30 and then 90 Days, so money was seen as a major factor.

Duh!

Follow the Money is as relevant today as it was in the 1972 Watergate era. So was it fair to release Glavine after all he has done for the Braves? What exactly has he done?

I will not go into all the accomplishments, if you are still reading, you know who Glavine is, and what he has done. But, didn't he sign a three year contract with the Mets a few years ago? Wasn't that about money? He put himself on the open market, and FOLLOWED THE MONEY!

I was intrigued my a much smaller story, one that made the agate type, in the transactions section of the paper, where you might need  reading glasses. Justin Mallet, a free-agent minor lg pitcher released from the Reds Friday, was suspended from Baseball for 100 Games for a 2nd violation of the substance abuse policy. The first violation was in April of 06.

Looking over his stats, Mallet has not advanced past AAA, and is 27 YO. Read between all the lines, insert your own biases as you will, but I draw this conclusion. Mr. Mallet felt PED's were his only shot at making the bigs, and the Big Bucks, and was willing to risk it all to get there.

Did he do this because others are in the Bigs from using and did not get caught? Did he see this as "unfair?" Will he be viewed as a Pariah in his hometown? Is it Fair?

I would ask Tom Hanks if he were here, Is there Fair in Baseball?

 

Mike Langan

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