It seemed like it was only going to be a matter of time before Mike Trout got paid. With Miguel Cabrera receiving an eight-year/$248 million extension, we all knew the Los Angeles Angels had to keep pace by paying their star outfielder.
So while Trout has gotten his pay day, he certainly isn’t getting a Miggy pay day. But at only 22-years of age, that’s just the way it’s going to be. His mega-deal will come someday down the road, as long as he keeps producing at his current pace.
Now that this monkey has been lifted from the Angels back, the team can start 2014 with nothing to worry about except winning games. The franchise player has been locked up, and now it’s time to get down to business.
The Angels are of course coming off a disappointing 2013 campaign where they finished dead even at 81-81. The bar for 2014 is set at World Series, and that’s only fair considering the team’s massive payroll.
The one guy on that payroll (who’s taking up a lot of room) that’s going to be the x-factor this year is Albert Pujols. After a down year in 2013, the Angels desperately need him to bounce back and be the Pujols of old. If he can be 90 percent of the player he was in St. Louis, they’ll be in business.
As for Trout, I think we all know he’ll excel in every area of the game once again.
MLB Gets It Right With Increased Suspensions for PED Users: After being rocked once again by a PED scandal in 2013, MLB is stepping up to the plate in 2014 with new punishments for users.
There’s no doubt that MLB has come along way in the last decade with punishments for PED users. However, there’s also no doubt that more changes were need to the league’s policies on testing positive for banned substances.
Starting this season, first-time offenders will now be sidelined for 80 games. Second-time offenders will be suspended for an entire season, while third-time offenders will be banned for life (aka he gone).
These changes are great for the game. Under the old policy, first-time offenders were just given a big old slap on the wrist with a 50-game ban. That amount of games, simply wasn’t enough to deter cheaters. The benefits of performing well on PEDs, outweighed the potential punishment for getting caught.
Now, that’s all changed. First-timers are booted for a half a year, then a full year and then just told to get the heck out. That’s the way it should be. There’s no place for PEDs in MLB any longer. Steroids have done enough damage to the game already, and it’s time a new ‘clean’ era started.
The timing couldn’t be any more perfect, as one of baseball’s most famous cheaters is currently on the shelf for all of 2014 after being linked to PEDs. I’m of course talking about Alex Rodriguez.
2014 will now be known as the season where MLB got serious about it’s PED penalties and hopefully, as the season that we finally got rid of A-Fraud.
Miguel Cabrera to Retire a Tiger, Signs Huge $248 Million Extension With Detroit: While baseball contracts today are a bit ridiculous, the Detroit Tigers knew they would have to spend a record number to keep Miguel Cabrera in Detroit for life. The slugger who is considered the best hitter in baseball definitely earned a record contract as he has set the league on fire for the past couple of seasons.
Dave Dombrowski is known as a general manager who likes to make his players happy and who likes to pursue huge deals that could change the outlook of the franchise for the long run.
Signing Cabrera to a reported eight-year extension worth about $248 million looks to be a bit of a hefty price, but the guy has been as clutch and reliable as they come in MLB today. In fact, since joining the Tigers in 2008, Cabrera has never hit less than 30 home runs and never hit less than 103 RBI.
With 227 home runs and 737 RBI in six seasons with Detroit, the slugger’s huge extension seems to be long overdue.
The extension happens to be eight years worth about $248 million. Add that together with what he’s owed for the next two seasons and Cabrera is set to make around $292 million over the next 10 years.
Keeping Cabrera on until he retires seems like the best option for the franchise because the city of Detroit loves him and the feelings seem mutual. Retiring a Tiger would be great for the franchise as he will go down as one of the greats to even don the Old English D. In fact, he will go down as one of the best players of all time.
Northwestern Football Players Win Right to Unionize, College Athletics in Danger: College athletics are in for quite a change in the near future. Thanks to the Chicago district of the National Labor Relations Board, the Northwestern Wildcats‘ football team has won a bid to become a union, changing the landscape of college athletics as we know it.
What does this mean? According to Kain Colter, the main advocate for unionization of college athletics and Northwestern in particular, college athletes should be considered employees because they do everything an employee does, but have gotten no compensation for the millions they generate for each college and university.
National Labor Relations Board director, Peter Sung Ohr, claims that the players’ time commitment and the fact that their scholarships are based solely on their success in the athletic field qualifies them as employees rather than student-athletes.
This whole situation puts paying players just one step closer in college athletics.
In my opinion, that is something that should not happen for the good of the sport. Collegiate athletes are recognized as student-athletes and they are rewarded with a free education as well as free room and board as long as they stay in campus housing. Free meals and sometimes even clothes — like the sweatpants and sweatshirts with the school’s logo that athletes wear around campus constantly.
Sure, they work hard and spend a lot of time dedicating their lives to a sport, but in the end, they are receiving a free education while other students find themselves in debt when they leave college. It’s up to the athlete to utilize a free education so they have something to fall back on once sports are no longer part of that athlete’s life.
This is just one step closer to ruining college athletics.