Monday, April 30, 2012
At What Point Does Albert Pujols Give the Money Back?
How can any man feel good about stealing money in front of everybody? This power outage has gotten absurd. He's in a funk, but this funk is not any old funk, it's way more serious than that. Los Angeles-Anaheim Angels fans thought Pujols was going to make a major impact in his first season in Southern California.
So, the question has to be asked, at what point does Pujols give the money back? He's making how many millions?
It's 12 million this year.
How does he live with himself? How can he get up in the morning and smile like it's a great day when he knows he doesn't deserve the salary he's getting?
Pujols only has to turn to close to a dozen other guys in the clubhouse to figure out what to do with the all the money and how to feel better about himself.
There are six other guys on the Angels making more than 10 million dollars and nine other guys making at least 3 million dollars this season.
Their record is 7-15 entering Monday night's game.
MLB teams may need to start evaluating the big payoffs to players and whether it should tolerate them without the performance to back them up. Incentives as contracts may need to become the norm for getting deals done.
It's gone past ridiculous for dozens, if not, hundreds of players, who are not earning their keep.
One of the biggest reasons why baseball overpays players has a lot to do with luck.
Pitchers can pitch outstanding, but hitters can still find holes to get on base. Hitters can shatter balls from the batterbox only to line out hard and make an out.
This is the way Angels fans must be feeling.
In baseball, they say it all evens out in the end. In other words, the best team comes out on top at the end of the season.
All the bad calls come back via other bad calls against the other teams and all the line-outs get traded out for dribblers and Texas-leaguers.
If this is the case, the Angels will make their way back to .500. What happens after .500 is the big question because .500 is not good enough for this team and everybody knows it.
Posted by Howard M Alperin at 4/30/2012