Your Mid-Afternoon Conspiracy Fodder

I’m two days late on this, but tHeMARksMiTh has a really good post up about the economy’s effects (and potential effects) on baseball. One thought that appeals to my inner conspiracy theorist:

Is this the perfect time for collusion? . . . think about it. If you were to collude to really drop players’ salaries, this is the time isn’t it? When they drop, people think it was the economy that affected teams and consequently lowered salaries.

Mark doesn’t go all-in like a tried and true tinfoil hat wearer like me would, but if reasonable people like him are thinking about it, you can bet that the union guys have thought of it already too. Just wait: if Dunn really does sign that 3/$36 million deal, someone will scream collusion.

Heck, collusion arguments are fun, so it may even be me!

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  1. christopher said...

    Collude this.  Edgar Renteria just signed a 2-year $18 mil contract with the Giants.  They couldn’t have conspired to drive that down a little bit?

  2. Craig Calcaterra said...

    I’ll grant you that any collusion scheme is destined to fail if and when the Giants come across a 30something middle infielder.

  3. Jason @ IIATMS said...

    Remember, collusion is only as successful as the must gullible owner.  Remember who signed Zito that that whopper.

    All it takes is one to blow the scheme

  4. Craig Calcaterra said...

    Actually, you’re probably just sensible.  As the Giants example shows, if there’s collusion going on, it ain’t very robust.

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