Monday, April 12, 2010

MLB Union clauses keep Nats' top pitching prospect in minors until June: a "lesson" about unionism in general?

I’ll get off public policy for a moment and go to sports – where union rules complicate things – and point to stories to the effect that Washington Nationals superstar prospect Stepehn Strasburg, with the 100 mph fast ball, has to spend about seven weeks in the minors so that the Nats can control him for one more year with less money. Steven Henson of Yahoo! Sports has an article “Double-A is the right place for Strasburg”, link here.

He actually gave up some runs in his first AA start, but has also proven to be a “good-hitting pitcher”, an asset in the NL.

He’s due with the Nats in early June. But had he started Opening Day against the powerhouse Phillies, sorry, no 1-0 win. The Phillies are that good.

Strasburg got his first professional baseball win, 6-4, for Harrisburg, at Altoona (near the Horseshoe Bend curve) Sunday. He struggled a bit.

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