As readers of Getting Blanked well know, the World Baseball Classic is looked upon fondly in these parts. We want it to be a big deal and we want the best players to play. We don’t want to see anybody hurt during a meaningless exhibition but consider some of the pitch counts and limits overkill.

That said, it is difficult to begrudge players who don’t play. The even remains in its infancy – in time and with the proper support, we hope the best band brightest baseball stars will see the WBC as an opportunity to represent their country and play on a big stage, too.

Jon Morosi of Fox Sports goes one better. Morosi took to twitter this afternoon to decry many American stars who won’t be suiting up for Team USA this spring.

Passionate words from a man/writer who wants to see the best represent his country. Nothing really to see here, right?

Personally, I found it very interesting that Morosi sees fit to call out players by name for not playing in a voluntary baseball tournament “for their country” mere hours after he published a column lauding a contract which circumvents the American tax system.

David Price is held up as a smart cookie because he saved himself a cool $230K by signing his most recent contract late in 2012 and getting a large signing bonus up front – mere days before a new law introduced stiffer tax rates in the highest brackets.

Sure, it is Price’s money and he is free to protect and/or save it as he sees fit, but the contrast between the significance of two gestures is striking. Morosi marvels at Price and his agent’s deft bookkeeping but expresses disappointment in the player’s unwillingness to represent their nation.

Morosi pounds his chest and proudly declares “[i]t seems several American stars see the WBC as a matter of convenience, rather than an obligation to country and sport” in his column on the matter. As opposed to paying a slightly higher tax rate, which is a tyrannical attack on Price’s liberty?

David Price the ordinary citizen is praised for taking hundreds of thousands of dollars out of the public coffers with “the coolest contract in MLB” but David Price the baseball player “bears a unique responsibility” to his country to grow the sport? Gotcha. Glad we cleared that up.

Comments (10)

  1. I don’t think any player has an “obligation” to play for their country, but, dammit, there ought to be a Mike Trout Must Play for America Law. For the children, and for all of us.

    • Every American must pay 1% higher taxes, all of which goes to Mike Trout if he plays for America.

      • Can’t think of a reason why, if a candidate ran on this platform, he or she wouldn’t be the first unanimously elected president in history. The world would be a better place.

  2. David Price will have to use the tax savings on all the damn toll roads in Florida. Its the guv’ment….they’ll get ya.

  3. Not sure I get your point here Drew. So Morosi is a hypocrite for praising Price’s (let’s face it his agent’s accountant) ability to dodge a few tax dollars – which by the way is something every citizen does, U.S and Canada at tax time – while condemning (is he condemning or expressing disappointment?) Price’s decision to skip the WBC.

    I don’t really see what one has to do with the other. I don’t think anybody believes it’s their civic duty to pay as much in taxes as possible. Now if he had committed tax fraud or evasion then that’s another story. While saying it’s Price’s civic duty to suit up for this tournament is taking it too far he’s likely more guilty of hyperbole than hypocrisy. I read it as Morosi wishing his country’s best players would suit up so that they had a better chance of winning. I wish Dempster would pitch for Canada but at the same time I can understand the reasons for not going, especially for pitchers. I don’t give a crap how much he contributes to Canadian taxes, it doesn’t inform my opinion of whether or not he should suit up at the WBC.

  4. If we assume that:

    “JPM hates all things that harm the USA”

    And:

    David Price not playing baseball in the WBC is a thing that harms the USA
    David Price managing to avoid paying taxes to the USA is a thing that harms the USA

    Then: JPM hates David Price not playing baseball in the WBC, and JPM hates David Price managing to avoid paying taxes to the USA. Yay he makes sense!

    Except JPM lauds David Price for paying less taxes when they have things like teachers and roads and nukes to pay for.

    Yeah Price is just doing what his accountant told him to do but still JPM is being at least partially hypocritical here. It’s weird to bring up patriotism on something like wearing a national team jersey and not on an issue like paying taxes when the country’s broke.

    As a side note: If David Price paid 70% tax on all earnings over $1million would he be any less motivated to perform?

    • The research evidence says no, he wouldn’t be any less motivated to perform. But facts have a well known leftist bias.

  5. Who cares about the World Baseball Classic? Its another overblown second tier tournament that means less than zero.
    I understand its a big deal to smaller countries and let them have their fun. I’d rather no Blue Jays play in it and focus on the real baseball (The MLB season)

  6. Thanks Drew, keep fighting hypocrisy!

    It boggles the mind that people have the gall to complain about paying taxes and then complain about the lack of government services.

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