Scott Boras delivered fantastic soundbites on Bryce Harper's free-agency "bazaar," tanking in Major League Baseball and league attendance.
Scott Boras is a super agent. He's also a fantastic quote, too.
During his annual media scrum at Major League Baseball's general manager meetings on Wednesday, Boras's comments were arguably on par with the high-caliber talent levels of the numerous star athletes he represents.
Below is a compilation featuring some of Boras's best remarks from his offseason session.
On MLB teams tanking ...
Boras kicked off his one-man show this afternoon by talking about the “competitive cancer” — i.e. tanking — eroding the game. Not entirely wrong about that. But spending more on players is not going to automatically increase attendance.— David Lennon (@DPLennon) November 7, 2018
“We have a cancer” says Boras about a system in such things as the draft that rewards systemic losing. Said teams that try to win and say go from 65 to 75 wins should be rewarded.— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) November 7, 2018
Scott Boras, addressing reporters at the GM Meetings, calls for MLB to incentivize winning by awarding improved teams with draft picks, etc. Praises Red Sox and Padres for their approach. Not coincidentally they each signed one of his high-profile clients last off-season.— Pete Abraham (@PeteAbe) November 7, 2018
On MLB teams' declining attendance marks
Boras just said LSU’s baseball attendance is greater than the Marlins. “The fans of Florida have certainly brought the MIA to Miami.”— Chelsea Janes (@chelsea_janes) November 7, 2018
Scott Boras Metaphor Time, relating to declining attendance :— Andy McCullough (@McCulloughTimes) November 7, 2018
The Toronto Blue Jays are suffering from the “Blue Flu.”
The crowds at Marlins Park “puts the M-I-A in Miami.”
In Minnesota, “sometimes only one of the Twins shows up.”
On Bryce Harper's free agency ...
Bryce Harper’s free agency is “Harper’s Bazaar” per Boras. “Great shoes, great hair.” Calis him an iconic and generational player.— Pete Abraham (@PeteAbe) November 7, 2018
Scott Boras has dubbed his client's free agency as "Harper's Bazaar"— Lindsey Adler (@lindseyadler) November 7, 2018
Scott Boras: "I think Bryce is open to a lot of opportunities... as we go through this I think he's going to hear everything from everyone."— Evan Drellich (@EvanDrellich) November 7, 2018
Does legacy matter to him?
"I think it does. I think it does to any player."
“I think Bryce is open to a lot of opportunities. He’s listened to a lot of things...I think he’s going to hear everything from every one.”— Chelsea Janes (@chelsea_janes) November 7, 2018
Boras on Harper/superstars as programming of new network (i.e., Cubs):— Gordon Wittenmyer (@GDubCub) November 7, 2018
"Those things show a lot better than Andy and Mayberry."
On J.D. Martinez' 2018 season ...
Boras with an impassioned defense of why JD Martinez should have finished higher than top three in the MVP. He said no player he could recall had a bigger impact on a team on and off the field. He also feels WAR over-values defense.— Pete Abraham (@PeteAbe) November 7, 2018
On agents becoming general managers and meeting with the Mets ...
Speaking generally, of course, Scott Boras considers an agent turning GM “a breach of ethics.”— David Lennon (@DPLennon) November 7, 2018
As for dealing with #Mets new GM, Boras said, “I’ve never talked to Brodie in my life.”
Boras did say he was meeting with #Mets though. “I will talk to Fred, Jeff, John, Omar … "
On the Mets' offseason plans ...
Asked where the Mets are shopping this offseason, Boras said: “They are shopping at Fred’s.”— Mike Puma (@NYPost_Mets) November 7, 2018
On Addison Russell's return to the Cubs ...
Boras said he's been in communication with Cubs, and that they're directly involved with Russell as he's undergoing therapy.— Gordon Wittenmyer (@GDubCub) November 7, 2018
Does he expect him back with Cubs after suspension ends:
“… I have no expectation otherwise and I have not been told anything otherwise.”
On Adrian Beltre's potential return for a 22nd MLB season ...
Tune back in next offseason to find out if Boras's stance has changed on anything.