Whit Merrifield spoke about the CBA negotiations to Jayson Stark and Doug Glanville on The Athletic Baseball Show, and some of that conversation was transcribed:
[Glanville]: What’s interesting to me is, you mentioned these young players, and what do you think the transition has been from a generation ago, where sometimes the young guys were seen as, “Hey, go pay your dues?” I went through this. You know, “Suck it up, wait for your money.” It’s fascinating to me to see this shift, and really trying to uplift these guys, trying to get their value. What did you see in your time that’s really changed that culture?
I think the amount of talent that has come up at such a young age. I mean, guys are developing so quickly now. You know, there used to be the Ken Griffey Juniors, Alex Rodriguez, the sort of once-in-a-generation type guys. We’re (now) seeing three or four of those guys a year.
Now, you look at Vlady (Guerrero Jr.). You look at (Ronald) Acuña. You look at (Fernando) Tatis. We’ve got a guy named Bobby Witt Jr. that’s going to be one of those guys. I mean, you’re seeing guys like this every year. And so the amount of young talent that’s coming, year after year, it’s really where the game is trending towards and where the eyes are turning towards.
And it’s being a part of a business that’s as big as our business is, and having those guys as sort of the face of our business. It’s, these guys can’t make $500,000 a year. They just can’t. It doesn’t add up at all. And so I think that’s where the big shift has started to happen.
Bobby Witt, Jr. joined former teammate Anderson Miller on Unfinished.
Last episode of S1!— Unfinished w/ Anderson Miller (@PodUnfinished) February 7, 2022
Ep.10: @BwittJr, INF for the @Royals joins @PodUnfinished with @AndersonLMiller. Enjoy 50 mins of great conversation with the 2021 @BaseballAmerica MiLB Player of the Year & @MLB top prospect!
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