Laat week when MLB’s Winter Meetings went all digital, I got a few things wrong. For one, I mistakenly believed that there might actually be some movement on the freezing free agent market. The other mistake, it turns out, is that I suggested that sports agent Scott Boras might not be able to give one of his famous impromptu press conferences.
On Tuesday evening, he proved me wrong by taking his own meeting online, and in true Scott Boras fashion, it was full of insane metaphors and built like a never before practiced standup routine.
Below, some of the invited press share the highlights.
For starters, a thought I don’t necessarily disagree with:
Scott Boras suggested MLB hire a CEO to better grow the game and said the commissioner should be primarily concerned with legislating the game.— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) December 16, 2020
Then things, well... they got strange.
In his virtual Winter Meetings media availability, Scott Boras referred to Jackie Bradley Jr. as "PBJ" because he's sweet, smooth and spreads it all over.— Pete Abraham (@PeteAbe) December 15, 2020
He predicts "something very grand" for Bradley.
Boras also came with poinsettias. pic.twitter.com/3urnZfMkTC
I’ll just let the rest of these Scott-isms speak for themselves.
Scott Boras on #Mets: “In the area of catching, they didn’t let anybody else eat their lunch. They went out and got a Big Mac.”— David Lennon (@DPLennon) December 15, 2020
Here's what Scott Boras has to say about the Mets: "It's nice to have an ownership with big apples.... I think this apple's not gonna have any worms in it." He also just referenced the Hamburglar for some reason.— Tyler Kepner (@TylerKepner) December 15, 2020
Scott Boras disputed MLB’s assertion that it lost money in this pandemic season today on his annual winter meeting chat, saying teams “lost profits” — not money. An MLB spokesman reasserted in response that “clubs lost $3B — $100M per team.”— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) December 16, 2020
I’m not sure who “Stadium” is on this Scott Boras Zoom but they’re showing us cartoons pic.twitter.com/gocG4nur1E— Levi Weaver (@ThreeTwoEephus) December 15, 2020
I could probably spend all day posting reactions to Boras’s call, but I’ll leave you with those for now and we’ll move into the links for the day, where most of the buzz is still about the Cleveland Baseball Team finally changing their name... well, eventually.
- Stephanie Apstein explains why the team should not wait until 2022 to make the change, but should make it now.
- Michael Baumann of The Ringer says (rightly) it’s about time the Indians changed their name.
- Mike Axisa looks at the history of Cleveland’s team “nickname” and their troubled past with the name and Chief Wahoo.
- Michael Rosenberg takes an optimistic approach, looking at how the Cleveland decision might help create more change down the road.
- ESPN gives us everything we know so far about the Cleveland name change.
- Should the Nationals consider trading Max Scherzer? It might seem crazy, but with a year left on his deal, Mike Axisa explains why it might make sense.
- With a similar eye towards big-name trades, Ken Rosenthal posits some big moves that smart teams might still make this offseason. (The Athletic subscription required.)
- Kim Ng shares the journey that brought her to the Marlins.
- Jay Jaffe continues to explore this year’s Hall of Fame ballot, this time with a focus on the One and Dones.
- If ever you have wondered who the biggest star traded by each of the 30 MLB teams was, David Shoenfield has you covered.
- Levi Weaver gives us the incredible story of Tom Grieve, aka “Mr. Ranger.” (The Athletic subscription required.)
- Free agency has come to an end for David Dahl, and Tony Wolfe explores how strange it is for him to have landed with the Rangers.
- More than just a loss of sports, Marc Delucchi shows us precisely what communities are losing when they lose a minor league team. (Baseball Prospectus Premium required.)
- Good guy Shane Bieber visits the Cleveland Clinic.
- If you ever wanted Jose Canseco to follow you on Twitter, your moment is here.
Retweet for a followback— Jose Canseco (@JoseCanseco) December 16, 2020
And tomorrow will be a better day than today, Buster. Make it so.