Showing posts with label baseball. Show all posts
Showing posts with label baseball. Show all posts

New York Yankees Don't Understand The Free Market

by Anthony L. Fisher.     The New York Yankees are known for being Major League Baseball's financial juggernaut, taking in monstrous amounts of revenue while putting out rosters with payrolls that frequently push the $200 million mark. Historically, they have unapologetically embraced capitalism, usually to the benefit of their fanbase. That is, until  ... MORE

Debra J. Saunders: The War on Drugs, San Francisco-Style

Banning chewing tobacco simply because they can. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had out-of-towners tell me they think San Francisco is a breathtakingly beautiful city — so why is it that City Hall hasn’t done more about baseball pitchers chewing tobacco at city ballparks?  No, wait. I can tell you.  I’ve never heard that.      ... MORE

Rob Manfred Says MLB Could Support Legalized Gambling

by David Brown.     New commissioner Rob Manfred says he would be open to Major League Baseball considering a new approach to legalized gambling. Echoing statements that NBA commissioner Adam Silver made recently, Manfred told ESPN's Outside the Lines on Thursday that, "It's important for baseball to give fresh consideration to the    ... MORE

Walter E Williams: What Is Rule Of Law?

Contemplating fairness.      President Barack Obama said just before the recent Ferguson, Missouri, riots, "First and foremost, we are a nation built on the rule of law." Most Americans have little or no inkling of what "rule of law" means. Many think it means obedience to whatever laws legislatures enact. That's a vision that has led to human tragedy  ... MORE

Thomas Sowell: Random Thoughts On The Passing Scene

Insights derived from wisdom.     The great boxing champion Joe Louis once said about one of his opponents, who was known for his speed: "He can run but he can't hide." In the Congressional elections this year, many Democrats are running away from Barack Obama, but they can't hide their record of voting for Obama's agenda more than 90 percent   ... MORE

Thomas Sowell: Random Thoughts On The Passing Scene

Observations of a wise man.   I don't know why we are spending our hard-earned money paying taxes to support a criminal justice system, when issues of guilt and innocence are being determined on television — and even punishment is being meted out by CNN's showing the home and address of the policeman accused in the Ferguson, Missouri     ... MORE

American Soldiers Did Not Die Defending Our Freedom

by Jacob Hornberger.     An indoctrination proclamation. I was at the Washington Nationals baseball game last week. Whenever I attend a Nats game, there is an air of militarism surrounding the game, but attending on Memorial Day helps to remind us what a truly militarized society America has become. After all, what in the world does baseball, a quite    ... MORE

Nick Gillespie: In Defense Of Alex Rodriguez

At least, spare us the outrage.     Alex Rodriguez’s career—and Hall of Fame hopes—died for somebody’s sins, but not his. No, the Yankee slugger is simply the latest fall guy for our society’s infantile belief in sports as an imaginary zone somehow separate and apart from the real world, a sort of grown-ups’ version of Chuck E. Cheese’s     ... MORE

What The Red Sox Know About Immigration Reform

by Ira Stoll.    One of the things I have found reassuringly familiar as I move back to New England after an absence of nearly 20 years is the Red Sox baseball team, still battling for the top of the American League’s East division. It’s just the players who are different. The hottest Boston hitter at the moment has been Jose Iglesias, a 23-year-old infielder    ... MORE

Matt Welch: Baseball's Steroid Collusion With The Feds

Partners in the public-shaming biz.    Tucked away inside ESPN's blockbuster report last night that Major League Baseball is preparing to hand out an unprecedented 20 or so steroid suspensions—including to Hall of Fame talent Alex Rodriguez and former Most Valuable Player Ryan Braun—as part of an agreement reached with a performance-enhancing  ... MORE

Barry Farber: Pitcher's Mound Needed In The White House

Why Obama deserves a 1-way trip to the showers.      Do “Big-Guys” ever “approach the mound” in politics? You know, like in baseball when the pitcher’s doing a miserable job and is about to be replaced? It’s reliably reported that beheadings used to be the “sport” that filled the seats in the stadium in Afghanistan. You need not go that ... MORE

Bob Taylor: Jackie Robinson And Political Correctness

Society is an ever-evolving process.   Jackie Robinson did more than simply change the face of baseball when he broke the race barrier in the sport sixty-six years ago. Robinson changed the course of history. He opened the gates for African American athletes to compete in all team sports, not just baseball and, in the process, he was also a major catalyst in    ... MORE

Thomas Sowell: Sports Versus Politics

Empirical evidence has great value.   It has long seemed to me that there is far more rationality in sports, and in commentaries on sports, than there is in politics and in commentaries on politics. What has puzzled me is why this is so, when what happens in politics has far more serious effects on people's lives. To take one common example, there are many people ... MORE

Little League Lawsuit Epitomizes A Big League Problem

by Anthony W. Hager.  Some things can't be fully appreciated unless compared to their opposites.  We hold light dear because its absence is darkness.  Crisp autumn mornings are sweeter when compared to summer's searing heat.  Likewise, reward can't be fully valued without risk.  The connection between risk and reward is a common element in    ... MORE