Friday 28 March 2014

Huge Contracts Overshadow Feel Good Stories

According to Wikipedia, Miguel Cabrera has just signed the largest pro sports contract in history.  Looking at the Top 25 top contracts, 23 belong to the MLB!!  A stunning 6 of those were signed going into this season!  The New York Yankees signed Jacoby Ellsbury and Masahiro Tanaka to the 23rd and 20th largest contracts in history and watched the Seattle Mariners sign former Yankee Robinson Cano to the 4th largest contract.  The Cincinnati Reds and the LA Dodgers placed contracts on the list at numbers 6 and 7 with Joey Votto and Clayton Kershaw respectively.

I randomly chose playoff predictions from Sports Illustrated and here's what I found in regards to the 5 teams listed above handing out history making deals.  From SI's panel of six experts, only 2 of them had the Yankees making the playoffs while none of them have the Mariners making the post season.  Only 2 of them have the Cinncinati Reds making the postseason in a very tough NL Central while the Dodgers and Tigers are both clean sweeps to make the playoffs.

Amidst all the pomp and circumstance around big money deals, there is a feel good story to mention.  The Boston Red Sox have announced that Grady Sizemore will be there opening day starting center fielder completing a road to recovery that spanned two years!

Staying with the Boston Red Sox and news that's good for the soul.  On April 21st, the Red Sox will wear home jersey's with the word "Boston" across the front instead of "Red Sox" to honour the city of Boston one year after the Boston Marathon bombings.

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