Williams: Shutdown Would Be Better Than Huge Salaries

CHICAGO (CBS) — White Sox General Manager Kenny Williams said he would rather see baseball “shut down” than watch teams squander tens of millions of dollars on single players.

“For the game’s health as a whole, when we’re talking about $30 million players, I think it’s asinine, and we have gotten to the point of no return,” Williams told Comcast SportsNet. “Something has to happen, and if it means the game being shut down for the sake of bringing sanity to franchises that are not going to stop the insanity, I’m all for it.”

Williams told Comcast that White Sox fans should not expect him to pay $30 million just to bring one superstar to the team.

“If they gave me $30 million right now, I’m not going to spend it on one guy. Sorry, White Sox fans. But I’ll tell you what – I’m going to take that $30 million, I’m going to distribute it around. My team is going to be better as a whole, than it is for one player, who might get hurt, then you’re done,” Williams told Comcast. “Sorry, that’s just me.”

He said the game being shut down would be far preferable to continuing the race for higher and higher salaries for individual players.

“Listen, I love the game. I love the game for the players and the fans. But in order for the game to continue to be affordable for families, for guys who hardworking guys busting their a**es every day to take their kids to the ball game, well hell yeah,” he told Comcast. “Yes. I’m OK with it being shut down.”

Back in 1994, team owners’ threat to impose a salary cap was the motivation for a strike that ended up canceling the World Series.

  • Rick

    I couldn’t agree more. For 30 million you could supply free beer to all the fans for every home game. And if we are talking actual cost you could throw in free hot dogs and sodas too. If you’re on a diet and don’t drink how about free parking or half price tickets? They need either a salary cap or wage scale. The owners ruined the 94 season and for what, to go back to the same bidding wars of the past.

  • reasonable fan

    why did did cbs block my comment???You suck

  • Midnight Mike

    I’m with KW, no player is worth that kind of money. It was sick when A-Roid got his big contract, and it is even sicker if Pujols gets his.

  • Murphs Upper-Lip

    No player is worth that money, but it’s the teams making that decision to give that money. As much as I do not think baseball is anywhere close to being fair (when you have the Yankees and the Royals, an argument cannot be made otherwise), see “1994 — lockout is not the answer, either, Kenny.

  • Not a Pro Worshipper

    I know five guys, right now, who are out of work with families and who have the skills to play as well, or better than these so called pro’s. They’ve also gone to Cubs and Sox games with their kids, that cost them $600.00 for the day. Further, they would happily play for a fraction, of what these multi-million dollar guys want and make. Rediculous!

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