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Schilling on Fehr

After referencing a Phil Sheridan column in which Sheridan blasts Donald Fehr for baseball "bankrupting itself ethically and morally," Curt Schilling leaps to Fehr's defense. Money quote:

    Donald Fehr did what he was paid to do, and he did it pretty damn good too.
    We, the players (well former player here) are the ones completely and totally responsible for the lack of ethics, integrity, and morals so prevelant in sports today. Drugs, spouse abuse, animal abuse, DUI, DWI, vehicular manslaughter, murder, rape, extortion, gambling, last I checked Mr. Fehr had never been accused of any of those crimes, but there are police blotters around the country with athletes names on them.

    A name often dismissed in the last 10 years is Rick Helling. Check him out. As someone who played with him I can attest to the fact that he was everything nice anyone could say, and honest to a fault. If more of us had acted on the feelings we had, which he did, things could have been different, things could have changed. We didn't, and for that our generation, the generation we played in now defined as the "Steroid Era”, got it's name.

    That's on us, the owners, and the Commissioner, but it sure as hell isn't on Don Fehr.

    Thanks for the hard work Don.

So it's on everyone with an economic interest in Major League Baseball ... except the guy who essentially ran the union for more than 25 years?
Well, yeah. Maybe. Curt Schilling is in a pretty good position to know why he and his colleagues were paying Donald Fehr. And if they were paying him to wrest as much money and control from the owners as possible, and to resist, resist, resist drug testing for as long as politically possible, then yes: Fehr did it pretty damn good.

There's a tendency to judge Donald Fehr by our standards ... Was he good for baseball? Was he good for us? Maybe not. Aside from sticking it to the owners on collusion, I can't think of anything he's done that would make me proud, if he were my son.

But then again, he's a lawyer. He's not paid to do good. He's paid to serve the narrow, usually short-term interests of his employer-clients. And for all the damage that's supposedly been done to the credibility (perhaps) and popularity (probably not) of the game, Don Fehr's thousands of employers have been happily cashing their paychecks and pensions for a long, long time now.