Weaver And Hendry’s Rational Self-Interests

Refreshing?

A tribute to the type of people they are?

These are the kinds of things that are being said about Angels pitcher Jered Weaver and former Cubs GM Jim Hendry.

Weaver took less money to sign a contract extension with the Angels when he could’ve been a free agent at the end of the 2012 season and made probably double what he’s getting from the Angels—$85 million over 5-years.

Hendry continued working for the Cubs after he was informed that he was being let go last month.

These acts are being treated as if they saved orphans from a burning building and found them loving new homes.

Did Weaver leave money on the table and presumably ignore the preference of his agent Scott Boras by re-upping with the Angels? Of course. He said all the “right” things that the tone-deaf Alex Rodriguez would never have said.

But A-Rod is seen as money-hungry, spotlight-hogging and perception-clueless.

Never mind that it’s within A-Rod’s rights to go for every penny he could possibly make—and did; never mind that Boras got him that money even when the rift between the two became public after A-Rod’s opt-out during the 2007 World Series. But Weaver is seen as a “better” person than A-Rod because he’s going to somehow survive on $17 million a year through 2016.

There have been testimonials as to the integrity of both Cubs owner Tom Ricketts and former GM Jim Hendry because Hendry was willing to stay on—for continuity sake—through the signing of the Cubs draft picks even though he knew he was fired.

Hendry is well-respected person within baseball and he’d been with the Cubs for a long time; he wasn’t going to sabotage the place on the way out the door, so it was a personal thing for him to continue doing his job after being fired.

But he was also under contract—presumably he could’ve left immediately upon his firing. But why? If the organization is asking him to stay and help and he’s still being paid, whom did it hurt? No one.

In fact, it makes Hendry’s reputation for professionalism look all the more impressive when he sifts through offers from other clubs to be a member of their front office because he helped the Cubs as he did.

Weaver and Hendry were behaving with rational self-interests in mind and it’s being framed as selfless and courteous.

Selflessness and courtesy were certainly a part of their decisions, but they weren’t acts of charity.

There will be the pursed lips, thin smiles of satisfaction and nods of approval to validate what both Weaver and Hendry did. Obviously they were doing what they saw as the right thing; but the right thing was also convenient for what they wanted and needed. That shouldn’t be forgotten during the love-fest.

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  1. #1 by Jeff on August 25, 2011 - 5:54 pm

    While I don’t think he should get an award for his signing, I do think that Weaver is a bit refreshing. As a fan who is forced to pay $8 for shitty beer at the park and $11 for nacho supreme, I can tip my cap to a guy who is able to “survive” on $17 million a year so I don’t have to pay $8.50 for my beer and $12 for my nachos.

    Off this subject, I’m curious as to your thoughts on Joe Maddon’s SI ranking as the top manager in the Bigs (voted by players, supposedly). Considering his questionable managing practices, why all the praise?

    • #2 by admin on August 25, 2011 - 8:02 pm

      But Weaver’s contract won’t lower the prices of nachos and beer.
      I haven’t read it, but if the players want to play for him I dunno if that’s a great badge of honor; a lot of times that’s the guy who lets them get away with the most stuff without doing something about it.

  2. #3 by Jeff on August 26, 2011 - 3:18 pm

    It may not lower the prices, but they would presumably not go up as much as they would had he signed for $22 million a year.

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