Candidate number 6: Scott Boras
I was going to wait to bring him up until later in the competition, but then I heard something on ESPN this morning that blew my mind,
FIrst, let’s present the obvious case for Boras as King Douche. He’s such a dick, he turned A-Rod into a sympathetic figure.
Say all you want about the way he’s used his clients to throw baseball’s economic infrastructure completely out of whack. I don’t care about that. I care about individual cases, and the A-Rod one was epic.Â Boras made A-Rod opt out of the largest contract in sport history last year, even though, at the time, it meant Rodriguez would be forced to leave a team where he had seemingly made a home. And he did it during the World Series, stealing headlines from the rest of the sport. That’s dickish. The fact that A-Rod didn’t know it was going to happen until he saw the news break while he was home watching the game is what raises Boras into hall of fame douchery levels.
What really made the case for me though was something I heard on ESPN from the Post’s Kevin Kernan this morning.Â It turns out, Manny Ramirez has recently hired Boras as his agent. Manny has an out in his contract after this season. He’s considering giving up $20 million dollars a year, so he can work a new dealÂ with a newÂ team. Is anyone going toÂ payÂ $20 million dollarsÂ for a 36 year old headcase/future hall of famer? I’m not going to say no, butÂ there’s certainly no guarantee. So, why would Manny opt out? Yes, he wants toÂ leave the Red Sox. But consider this.Â Ramirez’s current contract was negotiated by his previous agent, so if he extends it, the old guy gets theÂ money. But if BorasÂ negotiates a new deal, he’s the one who collects the 10 percent.
Only a complete douchebag would tell a client to potentially leaveÂ money on the table in order to sign a new deal which benefits the agent. Scott Boras isÂ that complete douchebag.
WHAT AÂ DOUCHE!