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Thursday, September 16, 2010

National Football League (NFL) vs. Major League Baseball (MLB): Players

The recent NFL player holding out for more money/trade is Vincent Jackson of the San Diego Chargers. What makes these players think they need more money than the millions they make already make, when there are other players that are making barely a living on their own team?

Over the off season the Brett Favre saga was tested by the Darrelle Revis holdout. Revis, and/or his agent, felt he deserved to be the top paid defensive player. Two seasons ago Albert Haynesworth became the top paid defensive tackle and how did that turn out for the Redskins? Haynesworth has told his team he will not learn the 3-4 defense, he did not attend any OTA's to attempt to learn, he failed his conditioning test, and during the first regular season game, against the Dallas Cowboys, Mike Shanahan released to the media he would only play in passing downs that game, Haynesworth did not join the rest of the defense in meetings on the sideline just stood around with his hands on his waist. Do the Jets really think that Revis won't turn out like this if something doesn't go his way? I feel he will because we now know he cares a lot about the money he makes and he knows that he is the best player on that defense.

In the MLB, when do you ever really hear about holdouts or issues with players and managers? Rarely. Manny Ramirez and Nyjer Morgan are the biggest 'negative' personalities that you hear.  MLB players I'd say are the most humble since they have to work their way up to the top, so that's why you don't hear so much of them complaining for a raise or new contract. Even though most players that are drafted are young, playing through the minors make them work for their dream to play in 'The Show.' In the minors they don't make nearly the same amount of money as of what top major league players make, or any Yankee player. It's great that the MLB has the MiLB to help develop players physically and mentally, for baseball and for so much more.

MLB 1 NFL 0.

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