Players Association missing the point

Alex Rodriguez would be joining a team that represents a region and with a good shot at winning it all.

Updated: December 18, 2003, 10:55 AM ET
By Jim Baker | MLB Insider
What is the snag that is keeping Alex Rodriguez from moving to Boston to continue his baseball career? Why, it's a clause in the collective bargaining agreement that says a player cannot restructure his deal unless there is a benefit to the player.

The Players Association (which, when you think about it, sounds like the name of an organization that specializes in the procurement of companionship and whose members favor wide-brimmed hats and pinky rings) has decreed the deal worked out by the Red Sox and A-Rod is a great leap backward for the American labor movement and thrown a monkey wrench into the works. (And not just any monkey wrench, but one of those big ones -- the kind favored by the Three Stooges whenever they were giving the plumbing profession the old college try.)

Bob Hohler of the Boston Globe points out the irony that an organization that fought hard for the unrestricted movement of its members is doing everything in its power to restrict the movement of its members.

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