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More on arbitration

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"When You Reach For Your Food, It's Nice to Have Money."

Inspired by Neil's:

Since it's been seventeen years, since the graceful Grace actually walked this court for our starring milk money, the last arbitration-case for the club of Chicago Cubs, I'll like to quote here and highlight some important FYI from Bill James's classic, "This Time Let's Not Eat the Bones," published 1989. As also part of the group that represent players in arbitration, James wrote in this book a long essay that explains what arbitration is, why baseball needs it, and what exactly does the arb. influences (I'm using the acronym if the voice is me).

We start with the character that is true about arbs.

"Real arbitration cases are polite, reserved, extraordinarily orderly, and involve as a rule almost no bitterness or anger. Of course, underneath the veneer of ...