(4/11/11; update 4/12)
Marvin Miller, viagra sale prostate first head of the players union, best viagra tells (David Rothenberg on WBAI) of seeking support for unionizing from team members a half-century ago. He arranged a tour of the then-20 spring-training sites in Florida and on the Pacific Coast. His first stop was Palm Springs, where the Cal Angels trained. The day before his visit, the LA Times quoted the Angels’ player-rep in a front-page headline: “We Don’t Want a Labor Boss.”
The Angels, Giants, Indians and Cubs, all West Coast-based, voted against organizing with near-unanimity. The 16 clubs in Florida, outside the LA Times orbit, all gave Miller the support he needed to start the Major League Players Association. Miller notes that he had to overcome “anti-union propaganda” throughout the country to win over most team members. He says the players, many only high school-educated and possessing little job experience outside baseball, had little sympathy for the challenges working people face in dealing with employers.
We know since that time the union has made millionaires of major leaguers. In that affluent company, they’ve become averse to paying taxes, and they still show little concern for the exploitation of employees in too many non-baseball workplaces. The major league union has never supported any other labor protest. Only one white union member – Jonny Gomes, then of the Tampa Bay Rays – publicly endorsed the pro-labor of the two presidential candidates for president in 2008.
Skipper Obama’s lack of appeal to white voters outside baseball was much remarked upon after the ’08 contest. Now, a new Pew Research Center poll finds that only 38 percent of college-educated white men surveyed approve of the skipper’s leadership. The figure is 34 percent for both non-college-educated white men and women. College-educated women give the skipper a 56 percent approval score, the single group of whites to rally around him.
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What We Suspect After the First 10 Days: The team the skipper roots for – the White Sox – is the class of the always competitive AL Central. Rangers-Angels-A’s will be an entertaining scramble in the AL West. The Phillies, two games ahead in the NL East, will stay in first to season’s end.
Calling Mr. Clean-Up: “Do you think A-Rod can pinch-hit?” asked John Sterling on WCBS Radio Sunday night. The Yanks, down 1-0 in the seventh, were still alive against the Red Sox. But without their flu-sidelined clean-up hitter, the lineup had lost its menace. Of course, Josh Beckett – two hits, 10 strikeouts in eight innings – had a lot to do with it. A-Rod, on a couch in the clubhouse, was left in peace. Which is the way Sox fans surely felt after their team’s second victory in nine games.
Global Perspectives: The Globe’s Dan Shaughnessy and Nick Cafardo commenting pithily about the Red Sox pitching woes (before Beckett’s gem), but their words apply to most MLB teams so far. Shaughnessy said the damage inflicted on the staff suggested that the Sox hire a “whiplash specialist”. Cafardo likened calling on three-fifths of the Sox rotation (Beckett, John Lackey and Daisuke Matsuzaka) to dipping into the “proverbial box of chocolates.”
Stat City: Only one pitcher has made the top five in league wins, ERA and strikeouts: the Angels’ Jared Weaver, 3, 0.87 and 27. Only one regular starter still has a 0.00 ERA: the Brewers’ Chris Narveson, with 13 unblemished innings.
Stat City (2): On TBS Sunday, Ernie Johnson showed a striking Roy Halladay-Tim Hudson career stats comparison: Halladay 170-86, 3.31 (14 seasons), Hudson, 167-87, 3.41 (13 seasons). The only substantial edge, on K’s-BB’s – to Halladay: 1717-486; Hudson 1548-707.
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