Scott Boras, Is He Good For Major League Baseball?

A man ahead of his time, Boras was one of the original moneyball players.  For his career, Boras had 133 walks and only 76 strikeouts.  Those numbers were for good for a lifetime .363 OBP, to go along with his .288 AVG.  Knee injuries unfortunately cut his career short and Boras only made it as high as AA ball.  With the baseball experience under his belt, Boras went on to practice law and from there become a full-time baseball agent in the early 1980s.

A man ahead of his time, Boras was one of the original moneyball players. For his career in the Minor League, Boras had 133 walks and only 76 strikeouts. Those numbers were for good for a lifetime .363 OBP, to go along with his .288 AVG in the Minor Leagues. Knee injuries unfortunately cut his career short and Boras only made it as high as AA ball. With the baseball experience under his belt, Boras went on to practice law and from there become a full-time baseball agent in the early 1980s. (Caption courtesy of Jonathan Hacohen).

By Patrick Languzzi (Cooperstown Correspondent)

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He has a billion dollar smile, a list of clients taller than Shaquille O’Neil and is considered Major League Baseball’s super agent.

In 2006 Baseball America named him the most influential non-player in 25 years, beating out Major League commissioner Bud Selig, yes, that Bud Selig!

Major League Baseball has had to change its rules in response to him on multiple occasions and he has a list of clients that include or have included Jayson Werth (126m), Matt Holliday (120m), Barry Zito (126m), Carlos Beltran (119m) and now the wealthier Jacoby Ellsbury (153m) – just to name a few, and the list goes on..

Fans, teams and general managers may despise him for fear that he is destroying Major League Baseball.

We’re talking about Scott Boras.

Boras Interview From 2009 (After being named the most influential non – player for last 25 years)

"Scott Boras is a genius, in fact, he should be renamed Scott BORAT, since he continues to ridicule everyone and everything he touches!"  The Boras Corporation has over 200 players.  He did recently lose Robinson Cano to the Jay - Z agent group (Roc Nation Sports).  Lord knows he has to be tickled pink that the offseason has not gone well for the Yankees Second Baseman in Free Agency.

“Scott Boras is a genius, in fact, he should be renamed Scott BORAT, since he continues to ridicule everyone and everything he touches!” The Boras Corporation has over 200 players. He did recently lose Robinson Cano to the Jay – Z agent group (Roc Nation Sports). Lord knows he has to be tickled pink that the offseason has not gone well for the Yankees Second Baseman in Free Agency.

Boras was the first agent to negotiate a contract that exceeded $50 million (Greg Maddux), $100 million (Kevin Brown) and $200 million (Alex Rodriguez).

If you’re major league management, you can’t bear the thought of dealing with him, and if you’re a player, you can’t live without him.

In an email exchange with one of my closest friends since the Ellsbury signing, I thought this statement he made summed it up best..

Scott Boras has single-handedly driven up player payroll so that almost exclusive big market teams, with a few exceptions, can afford to pay elite contracts to stay competitive.

In 1996, he found a stipulation in major league rules to have draft picks declared free agents in order to get more money for his clients. Baseball responded by changing its rules on behalf of him successfully evading the draft.

In 1997 Major League Baseball again had to amend its rules on behalf of Boras and his grievance (which he won) filed on J.D. Drew, now called the “First-Year Player Draft”.

2007 marked the year the collective bargaining agreement established an Aug. 15th deadline for draft picks to sign. This came as a result of Boras advising his clients to wait as long as possible to sign.

In 2009, the man was able to negotiate the largest contract in draft history – Stephen Strasburg‘s $15.1 million and Donavan Tate‘s $6.25 million signing bonus, the largest for a high school player.

Some controversial signings surrounding Boras include his over-inflated long-term contractual prices for clients over and above the players’ market value.

This poses an issue for teams when players can no longer perform commensurate to their compensation.

Some smaller market teams often avoid Boras’ draft clients because of the high-dollar contracts often sought after for players who’ve never played in the minor leagues. An example of this is Rick Ankiel in 1997.

It’s been stated that the average contract value through 2011 for a Boras client is $33.4 million, in comparison to all other agent contract values of $7.6 million.

So the question bears asking, is Scott Boras really good for Major League Baseball?

 Scott Boras Totals as a A Minor League Player

Year Lev AB R HR RBI BA OBP SLG
1974 Rk 95 13 0 10 .274 .402 .347
1975 A 300 39 2 36 .277 .402 .373
1976 A 437 2 .295 .387
1977 AA-A 343 54 1 33 .292 .392 .367
1977 A 78 17 0 7 .346 .440 .423
1977 AA 265 37 1 26 .275 .377 .351
1977 AA
1977 AA
4 Seasons 1175 106 5 79 .288 .363 .374
A (3 seasons) A 815 56 4 43 .293 .354 .385
AA (1 season) AA 265 37 1 26 .275 .377 .351
Rk (1 season) Rk 95 13 0 10 .274 .402 .347

Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table

Client List up until 2011 Summer

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