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Sports Medley: Josh
Hamilton 13 Apr 15
by Tony Medley
Arbitration is the worst of all dispute resolution remedies. The reason
is that the arbitrator is not bound by the law or the facts. An
arbitrator can render any kind of decision he or she wants and the
parties are bound by it, even if the facts are clearly contrary to the
decision. There are virtually no rights of appeal. This is where major
league baseball and the Angels find themselves today.
Here’s what Major League
Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program says: “A
Player who is determined by the Treatment Board to have not complied
with an Initial Evaluation or a Treatment Program for a Drug
(other than Marijuana, Hashish and Synthetic THC) will be
subject to the discipline set forth below.”
And it goes on to list various disciplines for first, second, and
Josh Hamilton clearly
violated the terms of the drug treatment program to which he was
committed. He used prohibited drugs while he was in the treatment
program. If that’s not a violation, what is? But baseball and the Angels
are bound by the terms of their agreement with the Players Association
to arbitrate disputes. Astoundingly, the independent arbitrator, called
in when the four arbitrators, two from MLB and two from the union, split
2-2, found that Hamilton did not violate the drug treatment program.
The Angels are, naturally, incensed at this decision. They signed
Hamilton to a five-year $125,000,000 contract, the terms of which
required him to play baseball and stay off drugs. He did play baseball,
although many may validly argue that the quality of his play wouldn’t
have earned him a starting spot in Ponca City much less the major
leagues, but he did not stay off drugs. The Angels are well within their
rights to claim that he breached his contract and that they do not owe
him any more money.
It’s equally astounding that there are people who criticize the Angels
for taking this position. True, signing Hamilton to such a huge contract
was lunacy from the outset. But had Hamilton simply complied with the
terms of the contract and stayed off drugs he would’ve been able to
collect his $125,000,000 despite his putrid performance, and the Angels
would have paid it, hopefully learning an expensive lesson. But he
didn’t stay off drugs. The Angels should continue to exert every effort
to avoid paying him any more money. This is business and a contract is a
contract. Just because someone is weak or stupid or drug addicted is no
reason not to enforce the terms of the contract.
LVP (Least Valuable Player) Russell Westbrook:
In response to criticism of the number of shots he takes (43 in 40
minutes of playing time, which averages out to more than one shot every
28 seconds for when OKCY had possession, on April 12 in another losing
effort by Oklahoma City), Westbrook, who only spent one year getting
education at UCLA, said, “I don’t really give a damn what nobody says,
to tell you the truth.” Of course, that’s a double negative and what
poor Russell really said was that he does give a damn about what
people do say. But he
probably doesn’t care about that, either.
Worst Person in Sports:
If you’re the person in Los Angeles who watches Keith Olbermann’s TV
show (and it’s not a bad show when he stays away from his virulent
political rantings like the nickname “Redskins” and extolling sports
figures for posing the fraudulent “hands up, don’t shoot”), then you
know that one of his segments is to pick the three “worst persons in the
sports world” for that day. On April 7, 2015, the day after the NCAA
Final Four championship game that was totally bollixed by the NCAA’s
incompetent referees, Olbermann chose as his third worst person the
trainer for the baseball Kansas City Royals. For his second worst
person, he chose the scoreboard operator for the NCAA championship game.
And for his number one worst person of the day he picked somebody from
baseball’s Miami Marlins. For not picking the NCAA’s basketball referees
as the Worst Persons of the Day, I am choosing the Worst Person of That
Day as…Keith Olbermann.