Baseball plagued by lack of free will

January 22, 2012 • 6:19 am

The recent kerfuffle about free will has had an unintended result: the whole concept of free agency in baseball is now in question.  This piece details the the conundrum of player Prince Fielder:

“Free agency suggests I am able to make a choice void of any constraint, but right from the get-go, that premise is problematic,” said Fielder, adding that it isn’t as if he can just get a job as an acoustical engineer, or even as a professional athlete in another sport. “In the end, I am not an autonomous entity who can choose a path based on multiple options. Instead, I am one link in a causal chain, so my actions are merely the inevitable product of lawful causes stemming from prior events. What I’m saying is, I’m essentially limited to the 30 baseball organizations in North America; realistic, long-term socioeconomic factors have already decided which cities can support a team that pays the kind of salary I demand; and roster decisions dating all the way back to the invention of the game have determined which teams are in need of a first baseman today—so there are only a few clubs that could logically take me. And human nature will compel me to pick the one that offers the best, highest salary.”

h/t: Alric

23 thoughts on “Baseball plagued by lack of free will

  1. See? He is already using it to evade responsibility.

    And human nature will compel me
    Nu, uh. Personal greed will.

    Anyways, let’s just say he’s going to the Yankees

    1. And human nature will compel me

      “Nu, uh. Personal greed will.”

      Yeah, like he said, human nature. 🙂

  2. Why not play in Japan? His dad did.


    P.S. He’s not going to the Yankees. He’s going to the Pirates right after they discover the hidden bag of gold under 2nd base left by Honus Wagner.

  3. That is the dilemma of most professional athletes. Professional sports, like any profession is not a lifetime guarantee of job and salary. I wish we all had guarantees. But at least most players make a fair salary for a while, which if invested wisely should be a great nest egg for second career. Unless, of course, the athlete squandered or neglected to get an education. Its never too late to go back to school and look at old scrapbooks of past glory.

      1. Thanks, I see from Wiki “The Onion is an American news satire organization.” However, there is a bi-weekly Canadian scandal or satirical magazine called _Frank (magazine) Sometimes, just sometimes, what the magazine reports is accurate.

        1. While the Onion occasionally becomes accurate, it is only due to the degree that the Onion is also prescient. Satire has become harder and harder to keep ahead of reality ever since Henry Kissinger was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for failing to end the Vietnam War.

  4. This explains my disagreement with Jerry over free will.

    Jerry is still chained and bound to the “publish or perish” system of academia. I gained free will when I retired.

  5. Now we understand the pitcher’s deepest thoughts when he’s lining up a throw. The whole causality of the universe converging to speed the ball to its target. And I thought it was just a ball game. Not at all like cricket!

  6. Next up: The Supreme Court invalidates the First Amendment on grounds that science has shown free speech and freedom of religion to be nonexistent.

  7. It would seem that Mr Fielder agrees with that great western philosopher John Wayne when he said, reputedly, ‘A man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do.’

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