Thursday, June 19, 2008


Word came out earlier this week that Brewers first baseman Prince Fielder wasn't exactly doing a good job paying his taxes.

$400,000 is a pretty good chunk of change, and I can understand the IRS being a bit miffed over such a thing.

I can also understand Fielder not wanting to talk about such a story. That aspect of things didn't surprise me one bit. These guys won't even talk about the weather if they're in the wrong mood.

However, the reaction of Fielder's agent to the story (and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writer Tom Haudricourt's pursuit of it) is downright ridiculous.
Boras let it be known in no uncertain terms that he thought I had no business poking into the situation. He said he didn't comment on the personal finances of his clients, which I understood. But he also made inferences during our conversation that made it seem as if the matter was being addressed. Still, he made it clear it could compromise my working relationship with Fielder if I pursued the matter -- a proposition I didn't take lightly.
Fielder isn't blameless here, not because he didn't comment on the story, but because he selected this snake as his agent. Yes, Boras sticks up for his guys, but insinuating that a journalist doing his job could hurt him in the long run is idiotic, unnecessary, and unprofessional.

This is the kind of situation where Boras should be earning his commission. The agent needs to step in and simply diffuse the situation with a "This matter is being dealt with privately. My client is aware and will not comment publicly on this financial matter" statement.

It's not difficult, and it would have gone a long way toward ending the story.

Instead, Boras is his typical a-hole self, and we await word of this matter actually being dealt with. He's a jerk for how he treated Haudricourt, and he's a moron for how he's handling it (and how he's instructing Prince to handle it).

For an agent with his experience, background, and notoriety, Boras sure can say and do some really stupid things.

As for Fielder, he may not read the paper, but I'm sure someone who knows him does. And someone should get in his ear and convince him that an apology to Haudricourt is in order. Not for anything Fielder did, but on behalf of the sanctimonious ass who serves as his agent.

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