Kershaw’s deal called unrealistic
After reading an article in your paper the other day about Dodgers’ pitcher Clayton Kershaw being signed to a seven-year baseball contract, reportedly worth a total of $215 million, I had to sit down for a moment and ponder this item of news. First, I’m not here to belittle Mr. Kershaw or his right to receive such a free-market value for his services.
What I wish to discuss for a moment is how skewed I believe that the thinking and reasoning of Major League Sports’ management has become when it puts such an enormously high value on winning games. I stress “games.” Baseball, football, basketball, soccer, hockey — they’re just games played by humans for entertainment to a collective body of fans in reality. None of it is truly a life-and-death scenario. Yet, the game(s) have taken on an unrealistic monetary value that only a hand full of individuals benefit financially from.
Mr. Kershaw will average (based on previous statistics for him) $8,676.35 per pitch that he will throw in an average year. Mr. Kershaw will earn an average of $930,735.93 for each game he starts. He will get paid $13,030,303.02 for winning an average of 14 games. And he will receive $8,376,623.37 for losing an average of 9 games. He has won 62 percent of his major league games that he has played in. He has never won a World Series.
Seriously, is there anyone else who finds major league sports losing its perspective on life? How much does the average sanitation worker make in a year for keeping your garbage picked up? Do we really care about perspective? Probably not.
David A. Lynch, Ashland
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