Coming Clean: The YF Plan

Buster Olney’s fine piece suggesting baseball call a general amnesty on past steroid users so that the entire league might get past its “bunker mentality” and begin its twelve-step recovery, got us to thinking. We’re all for Buster’s plan, but we just don’t see it happening. That said, Jason Giambi and the Yankees can do something, with just a bit of cooperation from the powers that be. So herewith let us suggest the YF Truth for Charity Plan, and please do excuse us if our math is a bit loopey. We studied art history in college:

-Giambi publicly admits to steroid use and agrees to have the remaining $80-odd million on his contract cut in half.

-The Yankees agree not to fire Giambi and to put the remaining half of his salary into a charitable trust to be used for drug education and whatever else the MLB and the PA can think of. Maybe schools in Latin America. Social Security. Whatever.

-The League agrees not to count the balance of that $40 million against the Yankees in future luxury tax/payroll calculations. (It’s charity, right?)

-The PA agrees to let Giambi reduce the value of his contract as described.

All parties here give up something valuable, but everyone benefits. Giambi isn’t fired, he’s guaranteed more money than any normal person could ever hope for, and this ridiculous apology charade ends so that he can begin to recover his reputation. The Yanks save cash on the luxury tax. The League and the PA actually do something proactive and positive. All those teams losing out on the Yankee luxury dollars can live with that as the price for having cashed in on the steroid-fueled cash bonanza.

Okay. Get out your slide rules. Let us have it….

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  • Also, in addition to your slide rules get out your oxygen tanks, since you will be holding your breath for a very long time waiting for that to happen.
    YF’s plan is all well and good, but equally as naive as Buster Olney’s. The reality is that there is no plan that can happen unless the Owners and MLBPA implement one that has teeth. That’s it. Nobody else can do it. Congress can threaten to remove the antitrust exemption in return for a game-cleansing policy, but there have been far better reasons to strip the game of the exemption in the past and they’ve never acted.
    Anyone who thinks that their expert outside voice will have any impact, whether Buster Olney or YF, is living in dreamland. First suggestion to YF: stop paying money to buy Yankees tix. Second suggestion: stop watching YES. Third suggestion: get six or seven million people to follow your lead. Fourth suggestion: insist the game clean itself up before you and your 7 million friends come back to the park for a game.
    Sounds stupid, right? But it’s just as plausible as what you and Buster suggest, and would probably be far more effective, from a leverage standpoint.

    SF February 23, 2005, 2:58 pm
  • That’s cynical even by YF’s hyper-elevated New York standards. I didn’t like our little war in Iraq, but that doesn’t mean I’m packing for Canada. Anyway, if we all stop watching ballgames, this site’d be a lot less interesting. BritneyFan-vs-ChristinaFan? We might get more hits, but no thanks.
    Does YF believe he’s going to change the MLB world. No. Even we’re not that dumb. But that doesn’t mean we can’t start a useful conversation. And if enough people start to talk…..:Look at Czechoslovakia!
    And maybe I won’t by that new Yankees cap this year. Or that dog at the stadium. Call it a protest. And maybe SF should stop buying those tacky Series Champs caps.

    YF February 23, 2005, 3:21 pm
  • SF(Mom) sent them my way. I don’t buy ugly hats, I just wear’em.

    SF February 23, 2005, 3:44 pm
  • SF – that’s your best response? Even I’d have to score one for YF on this one….

    AJ February 23, 2005, 3:48 pm
  • How does YF get a point for a false accusation? What is he, a right-wing blogger?
    As an aside, I think this point-scoring system has to go the way of a former Canadian figure skating judge.

    SF February 23, 2005, 3:52 pm
  • Agreed – I’m not much for the scoring thing either – but your best response to the hat quip is that your mom sent it to you & you just wear an ugly hat. UGH. That’s all you have to say??? I guess you’re taking the high road…

    AJ February 23, 2005, 4:02 pm
  • I know when I’m no longer wanted…
    Finally Tally:
    YF: 4
    SF: 2
    Have a good season! I know I won’t.

    Brewers Fan February 23, 2005, 4:15 pm
  • Well, I guess I have 84 years to go to fix that score. And I don’t have to come from three down to do it, either.

    SF February 23, 2005, 4:21 pm
  • That’s more like it. And I’d recommend Olney’s book if you haven’t read it – fun for both sides!

    AJ February 23, 2005, 4:25 pm
  • Note: For a review of Buster’s tome, check out Book Notes #4.

    YF February 23, 2005, 4:39 pm

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