Saturday, June 11, 2016

Last night's MLB draft was "infuriating to watch"

Like, this whole enterprise is supposed to be about giving worse teams a better chance to get better. But instead, the supposed smartest people in baseball were moving cash around, like the little army man tokens in Risk, and praying that the other 29 teams, plus a group of teenagers and their advisers, didn’t fuck them over before their names came up again.

They weren’t picking the best players, and it was infuriating to watch, as once again in professional sports, complex and entirely self-imposed financial restrictions prevented teams from doing what benefits them the most. Meanwhile, the players get screwed out of millions in bonuses that a true free market would generate.