From SABR member Jayson Stark at The Athletic on March 19, 2019:
Mike Trout hadn’t even direct-deposited the first installment of his $426.5-million Powerball payout Tuesday when an AL executive had already decided what it all meant.
“The happiest man in the universe right now,” he announced, “is Mookie Betts.”
Well, technically speaking, he’s probably talking about that portion of the universe that does not include Orange County, Calif., and Millville, N.J. But other than that, let’s just say … it’s hard to argue.
It’s hard to argue because Mookie Betts is What’s Next. And it’s time for us to have that conversation. What’s Next after the most humongous contract in the history of North American professional sports? We’ve asked that question of smart people on both sides. They have some thoughts. We have some thoughts. Let’s share them now. What do you say?
Read the full article here (subscription required): https://theathletic.com/878059/2019/03/20/stark-after-the-trout-deal-whats-next-and-what-does-it-mean-for-the-game/
Originally published: March 20, 2019. Last Updated: March 20, 2019.