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Battle of the Superagents: Arn Tellem vs Scott Boras
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
The rivalry between the Yankees and the Red Sox is as strong as ever, but they have been taking such different tactics to remedy their respective rosters (Boston has been on a spending rampage [JD Drew could be the next beneficiary of Epstein's poorly constrained wallet] while the Yanks are holding onto their baby Bombers for dear life) that the off-season animosity between the two has been less than thrilling. The competition between MLB Superagents Arn Tellem (above left, in what appears to be a high school year book photo) and Scott Boras (above right, with his balls) is heating up, though! They both have history with the Yankees and the Red Sox and each is representing a big-name Japanese pitcher, but which Superagent truly wields the power when it comes to MLB contracts?

BackgroundGraduate of Haverford College and University of Michigan Law School; working as an agent since early 1980's.Graduate of McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific and holds a doctorate in industrial pharmacology; working as an agent since early 1980'sBoras. His pharmacology knowledge makes him the winner with the juicers.
Advocate for...players' rightsbig bonuses for amateur draft picksTellem. Creating a contract that keeps a player happy is far superior to landing a draft pick an extra $50K
ClientsGiambi, Moose, Matsui, Kenny Rogers, Rafael Palmiero (former client)Damon, A-Rod, Bernie, Beltran, Bonds (former client) Even
Reaction to Clients' indiscretionsIn response to Rafael Palmiero's association with Balco: "There is another side to this story, and Raffy will tell it soon. I hope that the public will wait to make a final judgment about Rafael until they hear his story in its entirety."In response to MLB's alleged distaste for A-Rod's poker playing: "The Yankees have never addressed or spoken with me in regard to any off-field activities regarding Alex Rodriguez. And the Yankees have never spoken to Alex regarding any of his off-field activities."Boras. Granted, poker playing is just a tad less controversial than using steroids, but I think his down-to-business statement protects his client better than Tellem's promise of another side to the "story".
2006 Japanese Import ClientIgawaMatsuzakaBoras.
Matsuzaka is the stronger pitcher by leaps and bounds.

Arnie and Scooter are certainly fighting in the same weight class, but I believe that Mr. Boras comes out of the ring the victor. His pharmacology background - essential in the Steroids Era - and the way he has handled Matsuzaka thus far put him on top, but Arnie could take the next round if Scott doesn't secure the type of blockbuster deal for Matsuzaka that we are all anticipating...


posted by Yankees Chick @ Wednesday, November 29, 2006  
  • At 3:50 AM, Blogger El Charolastra said…

    is it Boras or Borat?

  • At 12:08 AM, Blogger Chris V said…

    Igawa will win a World Series before Matsuzaka (please please let that be true), so ... what were we talking about? Boras is a jerkface.

  • At 3:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Although Scott Boras claims to hold a doctorate in industrial pharmacology, this assertion is extremely questionable considering that University Microfilms International Proquest Dissertations which maintains the definitive bibliographic record for over 2 million doctoral dissertations and master's theses does not contain a doctoral disseration or thesis from Scott Boras. [http://wwwlib.umi.com/dissertations/]. (The University of the Pacific subscribes to UMI Proquest Digital Disserations and currently lists 905 dissertations and theses of which zero are under the name "Scott Boras"). Also, the University of the Pacific "Profiles in Leadership" biography for Scott Boras does not mention his doctorate in industrial pharmacology. [http://www.mcgeorge.edu/alumni_resources/eighty_for_eighty/bio_boras.htm].
    Moreover, the Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law for the United States House of Representatives during testimony provided details of every degree earned by each witness under testimony and did not mention Mr. Boras' doctorate in industrial pharmacology. [http://commdocs.house.gov/committees/judiciary/hju87094.000/hju87094_0.HTM].

  • At 9:01 AM, Blogger PacificTigerAlum said…

    Fact - Scott Boras earned a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree from University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA, in 1977. Don't know about the Industrial Pharmacology part.

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