Friday, February 8, 2013

Scott Boras Wants to Open Training Facility for Only His Clients In Where Else...But Miami

It was just a week ago when a Miami-based company, Biogenesis, a well-known PED distributor, had divulged its client list containing names such as Alex Rodriguez and Ryan Braun.  In its wake, the story has left the baseball world shaken again, with fingers being pointed in all sorts of directions.

Who is trying to play hero in all of this?  Baseball's most notorious agent, Scott Boras.  He has outlined plans to open a multi-million dollar sports fitness center exclusively for his clients.

"We want to make sure we're making every effort to advance the credibility and understanding of what major league players must abide by and also to protect them from the influences of many of these supposed medical practitioners who are availing themselves to the players," Boras said.

And where is Boras planning on opening this facility?  The same city in which the latest steroid scandal has come out of.  Todd Berg of USA Today Sports wrote an article on Friday in which he says, "People often seem to hate Scott Boras for being very good at his job, but this is just Scott Boras being very good at his job again."

Is that what you would call this?  This wouldn't happen to be extremely selfish, controlling or just plain sketchy?  Of all the places in Florida, Arizona or California where baseball is played year round, you pick the same city that has the most recent ties to steroids?  And to be clear, this is a facility only for your players, Mr. Boras?  You really think that you are "making every effort to advance the credibility and understanding of major league players?"

No, you mean "your players."  Your money.  Boras is known to be hated in some baseball circles because he is always pushing the envelope, trying to squeeze every last dime from teams for his players.  This is not another edge that Boras can gain.  This is not his job.

Watching MLB Network today, Harold Reynolds sat back and offered a player like Felix Hernandez of the Mariners for his example.  The Mariners just made "King Felix" one of the highest paid pitchers in history, giving him a five-year, $135.5 million contract.  Do you think they would want a player like him going clear across the country to train at some facility with his agent?  I agree with Reynolds when he said that it is the team's responsibility at this point to get their doctors on him, their strength and conditioning coaches, their trainers. 

They are the ones spending the money, so it should be the team's choice as to where the player trains.  Is that so much to ask for when you are going to be paying that kind of money to one player?  If just one player gets caught for steroids, it impacts the entire franchise and shakes the entire league.  If Boras truly cared about the game, he would be working alongside the MLB, not going outside of it.

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