Thursday, 5 November 2015

Rule #63: Drafting pro sports teams

I have to laugh when I hear people root for their “hometeam. Especially sports like baseball or soccer.
The Toronto Blue Jays have but 1 Canadian player on the roster. And he's not even from Toronto, as the name would have you believe. Actually, Brett Lawrie was born about as far away from Toronto as you can get without actually leaving Canada. It’s also interesting to note that while the average salary for the Blue Jays is somewhere around the five million dollar mark, Lawrie pulls in a meager 500K. Still more than any baseball player should make in my opinion, but much less than the other “Toronto” players who represent "their" city. There must be some kind of quota for homegrown players or something. Did they hire Lawrie as the token Canadian bat shiner or something?
Hockey’s not quite as bad. Most players on the Toronto Maple Leafs are at least Canadian. Only 1 player is currently from Toronto, however. How can teams call themselves after a city when 0 of the players are actually from that city? This is laughable man, HA!
The Olympics are one of the most respected sports events in the world - although most events in the Olympics can’t be considered sports – still, in order to be eligible to play a for a country you have to actually be a citizen of said country. Same for minor sports.
I feel a moral responsibility to change this. Being an extremist, I say every team has to have 100% of their roster homegrown. Knowing there will be some opposition to this – especially from the owners of the Blue Jays who will have to fill there roster with hockey playing Canadians – I’m willing to make some concessions. Perhaps a quota of 50% homegrown. Or maybe take the city name right out of the team name.
In the new world, sports teams will draft from the city to which it claims it’s name.

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