With Major League Baseball veering toward a Titanic-like disaster, Scott Boras, trying to rally the playing universe, invoked a Leonardo DiCaprio line from the epic film about the ill-fated cruise liner:
“This is horse[bleep]. Don’t you believe it. Don’t.”
The superagent wrote an email to his nearly 100 playing clients advising them to not accept further pay reductions beyond the prorated salary to which they agreed in a late March deal with Major League Baseball. His reasoning stands as reliable, venerable and honorable as The Unsinkable Molly Brown: The owners, requesting further concessions out of concerns for their bottom line, are crying poor.
“Remember, games cannot be played without you,” Boras wrote in the email, which the Associated Press obtained. “Players should not agree to further pay cuts to bail out the owners. Let owners take some of their record revenues and profits from the past several years and pay you the prorated salaries you agreed to accept or let them borrow against the asset values they created from the use of those profits players generated.”
The agent added that clubs’ problems emanate from debt financing that works well in normal times, just not when the world has been shattered by a pandemic.