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Uncle Joe To MLB

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Boom_70, Feb 25, 2011.

  1. Boom_70

    Boom_70 Well-Known Member


    Interesting - perhaps a training ground for the next commissioner of baseball.
  2. Smasher_Sloan

    Smasher_Sloan Active Member

    1. What's with the "Uncle Joe" crap? Why not put his name in the subject line?

    2. 70 is a little old to be an apprentice CEO.
  3. DanOregon

    DanOregon Well-Known Member

    The only thing more irrelevant than a vice-president is an executive vice-president. I guess he's going to be Selig's Tom Hagen?
  4. cranberry

    cranberry Well-Known Member

    Never in a zillion years. Check your history. Joe was among the MLBPA's leaders during the '60s and early '70s. The reason Paul Richards traded him from the Braves to the Cardinals was because of his outspoken support for the union.
  5. dooley_womack1

    dooley_womack1 Well-Known Member

    I see the quote function, but where's the fun?

    Edit: Never mind. No fun at all. You make me cry, Cran
  6. The Big Ragu

    The Big Ragu Moderator Staff Member

    I didn't know that. I remember him vaguely as a player, particularly toward the end, when he was a player/manager for the Mets when I was young. It's hard to think of him as fighting for free agency, etc. with the image of Joe Torre, Yankees manager, when he was all "Mr. Streinbrenner." He was always a players' kind of manager, and clearly had respect for his players, but he has the aura of an authority figure. He's too old to be thinking commissioner, obviously, but do you think he has changed from where he was in the 60s and 70s to the point where he could have seen himself as a commissioner type?
  7. Smasher_Sloan

    Smasher_Sloan Active Member

    Torre, Tom Seaver and Johnny Bench were key guys in establishing the Players Association. As someone said, if it was all utility infielders behind the idea, the owners would have just gotten new utility infielders. With the stars backing the union, it had some clout and made it easier for the other players to follow.

    Of course, Yaz worked against the union, but that's another story.
  8. deskslave

    deskslave Active Member

    It's Boom. You're lucky he spelled Joe right.
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