LADY AT THE BAT: MLB & Venezuela: No Mas?

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

MLB & Venezuela: No Mas?

There's an article on ESPN.com now about how Venezuela is beginning to make it harder for MLB to conduct business there. They're talking about, among other things, teams paying the government 10% of a player's signing bonus and making players register with the government for a professional athlete's license. Teams are starting to throw up their hands in defeat. The Padres have already given up completely, having packed up and left the country.

I don't know why, but this makes me think of Ugueth Urbina, languishing in a Venezuelan prison. I believe he's serving a 14-year sentence for beating and burning his field hands. I remember that most people believed the sentence was much too harsh. Urbina's troubles along with these new developments really make me wonder: Does Venezuela hate its baseball players? Probably not. The players are just scapegoats. The country is buried in problems. Sticking it to MLB players is easier than tackling the real issues facing Venezuela.

The Lady

1 comment:

JP said...

To me this sucks because I come from Venezuela and I hate to see that since Hugo Chavez got elected the country has taken a turn for the worse. Hopefully many of the athletes can get out of there before he completely takes over the sport.