OTC: Scott Boras Expects Hosmer’s Future Free Agency To Be “Eventful”


“Agent Scott Boras on Thursday shot down any hopes the Kansas City Royals had of signing burgeoning star Eric Hosmer to a long-term extension, telling Yahoo! Sports he expects massive increases in television revenue to change the landscape of salaries in baseball.”
Jeff Passan, writer, YahooSports.com
GH: Boras managed to get Hosmer a $6-million signing bonus from the Royals out of high school. It makes some sense that Hosmer will listen to his well-paid agent when and if the Royals come calling this season with an offer to lock him up with a long-term deal. But will TV revenues really increase to a point where another fountain of cash will inflate MLB free agency? Times are changing and not in a good way for professional athletes. Boras might want to check with what is happening in the NFL.
 “You can’t look at the markets of the past. For players like Hosmer, as you go back and look, as [Mark] Teixeira had his own market and [Prince] Fielder had his own market, Hosmer will have his own. And something tells me it’s going to be a rather eventful one.”
Scott Boras, YahooSports.com
GH: Boras is doing exactly what he warns us not to do – evaluate the future free agency market on past performance. While history has shown us that free agency salaries increase each year, that also used to be true about home equity. Boras might be correct, but if I were Hosmer I would at least listen to an offer from the Royals for $80 million over eight years.
“The arbitration markets and free-agent markets are going to be vastly different.”
Scott Boras, banking on new TV contracts coming in 2013 to enhance the money MLB teams can offer free agents, YahooSports.com
GH: Boras is positive they will be vastly different in a lucrative way with a huge influx of TV money. Broadcast rights are changing as you read this sentence. Will we even watch sports on TV three years from now? Will attendance continue to plummet for professional sports? Lots of questions and few answers at this time – despite Boras thinking he can tell the future.
“Sports are not DVR’d. People stay and watch it. They don’t flip channels. There’s a broader way of understanding the market. There’s huge values in sports broadcasting rights.”
Scott Boras, YahooSports.com
GH: Boras hasn’t been in my house of late. I DVR a LOT of the sports I watch. What I don’t DVR, I watch in a time-delayed manner due to pausing and flipping channels. I do not recall the last time I watched a MLB game without flipping channels during one inning let alone nine. I’m not so sure Boras is as clued into the future as he thinks.
“Boras group also rep Mike Moustakas, Danny Duffy, and Christian Colon.”
Greg Schaum, of Pinetarpress.com, Twitter
GH: That group of future Royals needs to educate Boras on the viewing habits of the American sports fan. The times they are a changin’.
“(Hosmer) just looks like he belongs. He reminds me a little of David DeJesus in how he loves playing the game. He really loves playing the game.”
Frank Boal, 810 AM
GH: Hosmer looks and plays like he’s as much a veteran as Butler and Gordon. He’s only been here a week and we already are trying to get Nedley to move him up to the three-hole permanently. I would move Gordon to leadoff (as Soren Petro has suggested) and bat Hos third.
“Ball four. Ohhhh! Now the first-base umpire rings him up!”
Bob Davis, calling the play-by-play of the Royals’ first inning Thursday in New York, Royals Radio
GH: Davis is getting more and more difficult to follow (and believe) on Royals radio broadcasts. How do you make the leap from “ball four” to “Now the first-base umpire rings him up” in the same breath? Was there at least the appearance of a check swing? Did the plate umpire appeal to the first-base umpire? Davis’ overt rooting for the Royals is fine in the booth. It just shouldn’t get in the way of his job in telling us what is actually happening on the field.
“You can’t get fired as a baseball play-by-play guy. You can’t.”
Soren Petro, while discussing the recent move of play-by-play guy Gus Johnson from CBS to Fox, 810 AM
GH: I believe Petro’s point was that once a MLB play-by-play guy gets a gig, he becomes familiar to his audience and therefore his bosses just overlook his weaknesses. Both Denny and Davis could use some freshening up. I think it’s time to bring on the Royals’ youth movement when it comes to their radio broadcasts as well.
“I’ve talked to some of the guys (from CBS) and that’s the word on (Gus Johnson).”
Jake Gutierrez, on Johnson’s reputation for being unprepared for his broadcasts, 810 AM
GH: Aaron Swarts, producer for The Border Patrol, told listeners how he remembers talking to Johnson prior to an appearance on 810 where Johnson made it clear he was not up on any of the Kansas City teams they were about to discuss. “I don’t even know who the quarterback is,” Swarts remembers Gus saying. Not good, Gus.
“I’m glad I could add something to the show.”
Kurtis Seaboldt, after an impromptu segment that included him performing some entertaining 810 AM
GH: In one of the more entertaining local radio segments this baseball season, Kurtis performed an impromptu performance of voice interpretations of famous announcers calling home-run balls. His vast repertoire included humorous depictions of the voices of Ernie Harwell, Jack Buck, Harry Carey, Mike Kelly, Vin Scully and more. Kurtis had his coworkers (and me) howling as he intoned these voices and had them working the term “yardski” into each call. Maybe we need to put Kurtis in the Royals radio booth and have a different voice call the games each night.
“I was really surprised that Clark Hunt was left off ESPN’s Top 10 (NFL) owner’s list. I think Clark Hunt is a very good owner. A very god operator.”
Bob Fescoe, 610 AM
GH: Like many opinions of Fescoe’s, this one sounded poorly thought out. What surprised me though was that his co-host that morning, Danny Parkins, also thought Fescoe was off base. Read on.
“Based on what?”
Danny Parkins, responding to Fescoe’s above comment on Clark Hunt, 610 AM
GH: Parkins, 610 Sports midday replacement for Shan Shariff, treated Fescoe’s statement as I would. How can Clark Hunt, a relative newbie as an NFL owner and the head of a franchise that hasn’t been to the Super Bowl since 1970, be considered a Top-10 NFL owner? I am not a fan of fake disagreements on radio talk shows but I do enjoy when the hosts’ opposing opinions are discussed honestly.
“Why is Jerry Jones considered one of the best owners in the National Football League? Why is he number eight on this list?”
Bob Fescoe, 610 AM
GH: Jerry Jones is what every city wants in an owner – a guy willing to do everything he can to win and spend his own money doing it. No, he’s not always successful but no one is thinking the Cowboys are his second or third hobby.
“It’s hard to read Billy (Butler). There’s always a smile on his face, it’s always the same. That’s the sign of a proven hitter. You know at the end of the year he’s going to be around .300.”
Mike McFarlane, when asked about Butler’s current hitting slump, 810 AM
GH: McFarlane said this before Butler busted out of his three-week slump with a four-hit night in New York. Even during his slump Butler was ripping enough line-drive outs to kee me excited for what he might do this season.
“(Hangover Part II) is the same movie but it’s in Bangkok and it’s a lot crazier. Oh, it’s crazier! The first one some people thought it was a dirty movie but there was a sweetness to it. This one there’s no sweetness. It’s all dirty.”
Justin Bartha, who played the white sun-burnt Doug in Hangover, in an interview with Mike & Mike on ESPN Radio
GH: Crazier? I might have to ban our boys from seeing this one until they’re in college. They have memorized the original Hangover.
“Are you trying to be a good dad now? If I asked you could you tell me your kids’ birthdays?”
Howard Stern, in an interview with Dennis Rodman, Sirius Radio
Dennis Rodman, responding to Stern’s question about his kids’ birthdays, Sirius Radio
“Okay, well that’s pretty good.”
Howard Stern, Sirius Radio
GH: Interesting how the term “pretty good” just plummeted in value.
GregHall24@yahoo.com and Twitter / greghall24


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11 Responses to OTC: Scott Boras Expects Hosmer’s Future Free Agency To Be “Eventful”

  1. Gavin says:

    Greg said : Broadcast rights are changing as you read this sentence. Will we even watch sports on TV three years from now? Will attendance continue to plummet for professional sports? Lots of questions and few answers at this time

  2. Craig Glazer says:

    Real Deal
    Greg, this kid is starting to look like the ‘real deal.’ Hey we haven’t gone 2 for 3 in NY in what 12 years. He led the way to those wins. Smells like a star. Is he the next and only new Geroge Brett? He may be! Pay him if this continues for a week or so more.

  3. cg says:

    A rookie batting 3rd Already
    I don’t think thats happened before, has it?

  4. Geeezz says:

    : (
    dang it, the Royal are the minor league team to the rest of the league 🙁
    I wish we had a real owner, a billionaire who loved winning… and would pay to bring IT home.

  5. smartman says:

    Scott Bore Us
    After bombing NY over the last two nights the Kansas City Royals are now the Talibans favorite team….as reported on Al Jazeera.

    They’ll really love ’em later on when they commit suicide.
    Scott Boras thinks in terms of local market media revenue. Markets like New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago will always have huge radio and TV dollars not to mention endorsement opportunities. No way in hell David or Dan Glass are gonna pay the kind of money Boras will be able to get from other teams for any player that produces. I’m sure Scott has a nice Lloyds of London policy for Eric Hosmer. He’s not stupid and he’s not gonna hedge a potential gold mine against a shitty deal with the Royals.

    I still think the hype on Hosmer is overblown. He got a meatball from Burnett for his first homer and last night was a flat out gang bang where everybody got some.

    He’s a piece of the puzzle not the whole damn picture. It takes 3 or 4 guys like Hosmer to make you a perennial rock solid contender. It’s gonna take 20 million a year minimum to keep a guy like that. No way the Old Roy-als are gonna have a payroll of 80 to 100 million dollars with the Glass family in control.

  6. nick says:

    Greg, I agree with you about DVR and commercials.

    I have a fear that sponsors for games on TV and radio will do an accurate study and find out that the average sports fan like myself HARDLY EVER listens, watches or pays attention to commercials….especially baseball. I’m amazed at how many sports we get to watch and listen to for free, excluding cable bills.

    As for DVR’s, I know many…including myself…who like to DVR games, then start watching 30-60 minutes into the game depending on the sport. I hardly ever miss a KU basketball game, and many of them I watch on DVR…..I usually get to the 10-minutes left mark without having sat through a single ad.

    As for baseball on TV, it’s the easiest of all sports to skip commercials on. It’s like clockwork: a half inning ends, I know there will be 2-3 minutes of ads, so I flip channels or go do house chores or get a snack or use the bathroom or call/text somebody or let the dog out, etc. If Boras thinks people are watching commercials during a baseball game, he has NO clue.

  7. Mike says:

    Good point in there.
    Greg has a point there. Boras should at least listen to the Royals if they offer longterm. A lot can happen in the next five to six years where Hos may not get that big contract.
    And TV ratings, and the resulting deals, are primarily for the NFL, college FB and BK. The spike in NBA interest this spring could help them, as long as they don’t tank it with an extended lockout.
    As the economy rebounds in stock only, and not for regular folks, justifying discretionary costs gets even tougher.
    That’s why I thought it was a poor idea for the chiefs to hike parking yet again for 2011. Tacky, even.
    Media rights deals may still shoot up short term, but long term?? As of now, I find it hard to believe.

  8. The Independent Rage says:

    DVR’ing sports events
    I’m glad you picked up on this so-called conventional wisdom that sporting events are never DVR’d. You mentioned that you do it often. I’m the very same. When I can watch a 3 or 4 hour football or baseball game in less than two hours, I’m all aboard. And it’s not so difficult to shield oneself from a result until you’ve had a chance to watch a DVR. Maybe I’m just atypical and the conventional wisdom still holds true, but I have a feeling that what was previously an undeniable truth is ever-eroding.

  9. Ross says:

    Boras is being Boras
    Of course he’s going to say what he said. He’s doing everything he can to make sure whatever offer they do give him is the best one he can squeeze out of the team. Guarantee $50 million or so for only buying out a year or two of free agency and they’ll listen plenty. Considering the fact he’s only 21, he’ll still be in his prime when he reaches free agency after that contract.

  10. Ross says:

    Boras is being Boras
    Of course he’s going to say what he said. He’s doing everything he can to make sure whatever offer they do give him is the best one he can squeeze out of the team. Guarantee $50 million or so for only buying out a year or two of free agency and they’ll listen plenty. Considering the fact he’s only 21, he’ll still be in his prime when he reaches free agency after that contract.

  11. Wins make a difference says:

    Jones is a horrible owner
    Jimmy Johnson built the Cowboys championship teams. Since Jerry Jones has taken total control, they are basically an avarage team. The problem with the Jerry Jones and Daniel Snyders of the pro sports world is that they are precieved to be good owners because they throw money around. The bottom line is they don’t win. At the end of the day, wins and championships matter.

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