Coincidentally, this is almost my exact feeling
about the last 17 years of Bucco baseball.
Ross Ohlendorf just won his MLB arbitration hearing, upping his new contract by about $1 million. He asked for arbitration — and won — after going 1-11 last year, with 4.07 ERA.
I know sports blows everything out of perspective, including contracts, but let's just attempt to put this into real-world terms. Let's say Ross Ohlendorf is a regular working stiff. This would mean that Ross was given 12 assignments over the course of six months. On 11 of those assignments, he failed miserably.
He then asked for a raise. And got it. His 4.01 ERA is literally middle-of-the-pack if you look at MLB team pitching stats in 2010. Why should he nearly double his salary for that performance?
Yahoo Sports said that arbitration panels take a player's whole career into account during these hearings. Fine. During his whole career, Ohlen-Douche is 13-25, with a 4.40 ERA. So, the question then becomes: Wha... tha... fa...?
I'm with Mark Madden on this one: f*ck baseball.