FanGraphs Audio: Dave Cameron Analyzes a World of Baseball

Episode 313
Dave Cameron once again defies belief and analyzes — this week — an entire world’s worth of baseball. Discussed, in particular: baseball’s minimum salary and what it means for competitive balance. Also: how only 88 people attended the China-Cuba game in Fukuoka and what that means for the WBC.

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Audio after the jump. (Approximately 33 min play time.)

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Carson Cistulli has published a book of aphorisms called Spirited Ejaculations of a New Enthusiast.

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Juvenal
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Juvenal

The bottom line is the draft should be illegal. The players union is not an effective or relevant party to represent future non-mmeber players’ interests and has consistently conspired with the owners and current players against future players.

That said there are plenty of areas of the the US policy landscape with more serious injustices.

Careless
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Careless
John
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John

The draft is interesting for a lot of other reasons, as well.

One of them is the exception to antitrust law baseball seems to enjoy. (Future commissioner) Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis essentially refused to rule on a case the Federal League brought in 1915 and over the years the Supreme Court has upheld a somewhat ill-defined exclusion from sanctions for anti-competitive practices when it comes to professional sports.

Can you imagine if another industry required all those who enter it to be selected in turn and then paid accordingly?

Quigglesworth
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Quigglesworth

Ahhh the great anomaly that is baseball. Long live Landis!