Playermail (different from blackmail)
I had a player email me not long ago about the cost of his insurance. He's a minor league free agent, so his insurance benefits expired. Here's what he said regarding purchasing COBRA:
"For me its $404.51 per month. If I had a family with a wife and kid for a total family of 3, its $1,375.40 per month. "
The player went on to say that there's no way he can afford it. He found little work in a tough economy this off-season. He made little money during the previous season, and was far from a bonus baby. If he doesn't sign with an affiliated team but instead plays independent ball, he'll simply go without insurance.
In fact, he didn't even get a gym membership this off-season. He had to save money.
Meeting the Straw man
On a completely different note, I met Darrly Strawberry recently. One of the heroes of my youth, it was a pretty cool experience. For some reason though, these experiences always seem to lack the expected luster. Here's what I wrote for Baseball America:
Hope February is treating all of you well!!