20b Does A-Rod Deserve
So Much Money?
For the love of money is the root of all evil.
Yes, Alex Rodriguez makes too much money. Then again, so do most major league baseball players; obscenely inflated salaries are but one thread in the fabric of problematic economic practices that have corrupted and may well soon destroy Major League Baseball. I make this claim with a bit of equivocation; equally vivid among my childhood memories are my father's being glued to the radio or television rooting on (and often cursing) the 1960s Pittsburgh Pirates and his frequently regaling me with stories about the Wobblies, Mother Jones, and Eugene Debs. My dad's ways of seeing the world evidently stuck with me, as to this day I remain—in spite of what many would say is the implausibility of both positions—a Pirates fan and something of a socialist. Just so, a part of me will always believe that if a player from a middle or working-class background—especially one as good as Rodriguez—can get twenty-five million a year from a group of rich owners who probably got their money on the backs of workers, so much the better.
But the present situation in Major League Baseball, where the average annual player salary is approximately $2.5 million— more than fifty times the average household income in the United States—is hardly a compelling example of class struggle.