There were a lot of different reactions to the results of Corey Hart's arbitration hearing. Some were happy, some were mad, some people went to see The Blind Side with their family to celebrate (okay, that was probably only Corey himself) and others didn't really care. When the news first broke we wrote on our twitter "Its good to see the arbitration process is as broken as the rest of baseball's salary issues." and then "It's not that I don't like Corey or think he doesn't deserve it. I just dislike the notion of getting worse and getting paid more." The thing is he was going to be getting a raise no matter who won, so there is really no need to get upset about it. Whether he "deserves" it or not, he was going to get over four million dollars. I don't see why I should be upset that he's going to get an extra $600k or whatever it is. It's not like that $600k difference is going to stop us from doing much of anything (and if it stops us from signing Corey Patterson to a minor league deal, even better). The thing is, this is a silly thing to get upset about. It'd be like a guy who blogs about pizza getting upset over spending Valentine's Day alone. Corey Hart was going to be on the 2010 Brewers either way. That small salary boost shouldn't make a difference in the way you feel about him. Corey Hart is apparently worried about that though, saying as much to Brew Beat and I have to say he pretty much nails it.
"You feel kind of bad because it's hard for the fans to understand this process," Hart said Friday, when an arbitration panel ruled in his favor and awarded him a $4.8 million salary for 2010. "Sometimes as a player you have to stand up for yourself, and it was important to play it out. I'm really happy that it worked out.
"But I know that there are hundreds and hundreds of fans on the blogs who say I'm greedy or that I'm asking too much. I hope they understand that the system is there and that there are reasons we asked for what we asked for. I think you guys who know me know that I'm a pretty good person, a family man, and that I like it here [in Milwaukee]. I love it here. This is just part of the business.
I couldn't have said it better myself. The reason Corey Hart won his case and got paid what he got paid is because there are other crappy corner outfielders out there getting paid too much. Don't blame him for that. He's not greedy. He's only going to be in baseball for around ten years (if he's lucky) and after that he'll never get the chance to make this kind of money again. Don't hate him for his arbitration figure because I think we all know he'd be stupid not to ask for more money.
No, if you are going to hate Corey Hart hate him for real reasons. Hate him because he's a filthy redneck or because he's not a great fielder. Hate him because he swings at balls in the dirt and he's never met a condom he didn't not like (like any good family man). Hate him because his best friend is Seth McClung and his favorite movie is The Blind Side. Hate him because of his awful at-bat music and his refusal to use "Sunglasses At Night" just once. If you are going to be mad at Corey Hart do it for something that actually affects your life, like his strikeouts. Not because of his stupid arbitration number. The only thing you should hate Corey Hart for is his play, but that's it. Luckily for us, he knows that.
"To get back the fans, I just have to go out there and play my best. I know that last year wasn't a great year for me, marred by injury, too, and I have to go out and hopefully win the people over again. I feel like I'm in the best shape of my life and I'm ready to do it."
Yeah! With that pesky appendix out of the way I see no reason Corey Hart doesn't return to the middling All-Star, 20-20 outfielder we all overrate and love.
Now if we could just do something about that at-bat music.