Tuesday, June 28, 2011
The game of baseball wouldn't be what it is today without the efforts of one man -- Curt Flood. In October 1969, Flood was named in a 7-player trade with the Phillies. He refused, challenging baseball's "reserve clause" stating the team has the power over the players after their contract expires.
Eventually the clause was removed. But the fight destroyed Flood's personal life and baseball career, but it lead to free agency as we know it today. Now HBO is chronicling the "Curious Case of Curt Flood" in a new documentary to air on July 13. Curt's youngest son Scott Flood is also working on a documentary on his dad for the past ten years. His daughter Shelly is also fighting to get her dad into the Hall of Fame. Curt Flood appeared as a All-Star in 64', 66' and 68'. Seven time gold glover. That's Hall of Fame worthy.
This morning SI.com reporting that the Cardinals are trying to land Heath Bell and Jason Bartlett. Bell has been a name that's been popping up on my blog several times. This trade may include our minor league players in order to land both of these players. I imagine the Cards would move Theriot to second base to have Bartlett at second. Bartlett is currently hitting .249 with 1 HR and 21 RBI. Has a great defensive glove but he is having a sub par offensive year.Would love to have both of these players but I don't want to give up the farm to do so. This may be a development to keep your eyes on.