Wednesday, March 05, 2008
Hillary vows to protect Yankees from unfair trade practices
As a free-trader and a baseball fan, this just tickles the hell out of me:
"Senator Hillary Clinton vowed Tuesday that if elected president she would enact legislation that would give the New York Yankees a reprieve from what she characterized as the 'unfair and exploitive' trading practices of the Kansas City Royals and Pittsburgh Pirates.
"Clinton, a self-described Yankees fan, told an audience of supporters that the lower wages paid by the smaller-market clubs gives the teams an unfair advantage over the Yankees, who are compelled to pay high salaries for the team’s superstar players. She vowed that upon assuming the presidency she would immediately ask for a 'time out' for trades between the Yankees and the so-called “parasite” teams for five years, during which time Congress and Major League Baseball would study the harm done to the Yankees from these trades and construct a remedy that would protect the team. ...
"Clinton’s proposal was hailed by Yankees fans as a welcome first step toward correcting the imbalances in Major League Baseball that have hindered the Yankees’ efforts to remain competitive."
Read the whole thing here.