Friday, February 22, 2008
Card of the Day: 2001 Upper Deck Prospect Premieres Ryan Howard
Ryan Howard has broken a few records in his time, but those were probably more meaningful that the one he most recently surpassed.
Howard set the record fo rmost money won in an arbitration hearing with $10 million.
Now I am a huge Ryan Howard fan, but I hate this agreement. He has just done to arbitration what Alex Rodriguez did to free agency in 2001: ruined it.
No baseball player is worth $10 million. Not Babe Ruth, not Ken Griffey Jr. in his prime, not Randy Johnson in his prime. I mean no one.
And now, Howard has opened the door for other young stars like Prince Fielder, Ryan Braun, Hanley Ramirez, and others who will be eligible for arbitration in the near future. Each one of the aforementioned players will get overpayed, I will say that now.
Nevertheless, Howard and those others are good for the card industry because they give collectors a young exciting player to chase. Such is the case for this XRC of Howard's. You can get a Howard jersey card for less than you get this basic first-ever card of him.