One of the many great things about sports – including baseball – is that we generally see merit win out over other factors. This is true for individuals and teams. While we may get screwed over at work because of politics, this is less likely – we believe – to happen in the world of sports, because success and failure is so clearly defined.
This meritocratic tendency of sports has helped larger society deal with big problems. At the top of that list is race. Jackie Robinson, Billie Jean King, Tommy Smith, et al.
Multiplesources are reporting the contract talks between Albert Pujols and the St. Louis Cardinals are off. Pujols has said that if a deal was not reached by the deadline (today), he will not negotiate during the season. That means Pujols will be a free agent the next time he and the Cardinals talk.
The snag in the negotiations is reported to be about money, not the length of the deal. I wonder what Arliss would do?