Ethics Dunce: Texas Rangers Ace Yu Darvish


Only Yu...

Only Yu…

Pitcher Yu Darvish is 7-4 with a 2.62 ERA in 14 starts this season. The ace of the Texas Rangers pitching staff has amassed 118 strikeouts in 96 1/3 innings, and is undeniably one of the top hurlers in the American League. He would be chosen for the All-Star game, beyond question, except that he says he doesn’t want to play, and won’t.

He’s a jerk and an ingrate.  The reason Darvish is paid the millions of dollars he is to work once every five days is the support and interest of baseball fans and the huge sums television pays Major League Baseball for its premium attractions, the World Series, the play-offs, and the All-Star Game. The latter is a gift to the fans, an exhibition that purports to be a “dream game,” and once was how the players, with the help of the game’s turnstile receipts, replenished the tills of the players’ retirement fund.

Being selected to the game is an honor, as well as a chance to show the fans that these throwing and batting tycoons play for something more than money, and for someone other than themselves. Virtually every player would love to have the four days off, but they show up anyway, to give their team’s fans someone to root for, to show loyalty to their league, and respect to the game.

Not Darvish…he says he would rather go shopping.

16 thoughts on “Ethics Dunce: Texas Rangers Ace Yu Darvish

  1. I’ll just call him “the whirling Darvish”. Maybe his wife is going to make him go. She might be a “tiger mom” and scarier than his teammates to content with although I could be very wrong about that.

  2. Well, if he never made any commitment about it, he is well within his rights to choose otherwise – if. Stipulating that he didn’t, while it might well be praiseworthy to do that, it cannot be unethical not to, just as it is perfectly ethical not to render assistance to someone in need if that is your personal assessment and so on. You could accurately call someone like that all sorts of things, but those are broader issues of character and not ethical issues at all. Simply, ethics doesn’t cover everything, and any attempt at forcing it to fit diminishes its effect where it does fit.

    • Huh?
      Ethics isn’t just about contracts and commitments. It’s also about traditional and observed gestures, compromises, acts of grace, generosity and gratitude. The conduct fails Kant’s universality principle–if everyone behaved like Yu, that is to say him, there would be no game at all.

      • Is Kant’s rule applicable as a test of ethics in this situation? If so, then wouldn’t anyone not donating to cancer research is unethical. I think your first sentence (not counting “huh”) is accurate. But, I don’t know if Kant’s rule is appropriate.

    • If it is completely in someone’s power to render assistance without absorbing costs or inflicting harm that would tip the balance against rendering assistance, then to not do so is unethical. You may not legally be held accountable for failure to render aid (although some jurisdictions may do so), but that doesn’t affect the ethics of failing to render aid when one can.

  3. This is just bad PR. Darvish is scheduled to start the Sunday immediately prior to the Tuesday game. I will be shocked if any team’s ace who starts on Sunday pitches on Tuesday, even for an inning. Short of changing up the Ranger’s rotation schedule, which Darvish is powerless over, I don’t see how he is at fault, other than perhaps a very poor presentation of his situation. His English is rudimentary, and the Rangers provide him with a translator, presumably to avoid misunderstandings and poor communication as well as etiquette breaches, which this certainly appears to be. The Rangers bear most of the responsibility here, I think. On the other hand, maybe Darvish is just an asshole. Didn’t the All Star break used to be a full week? That would have helped avoid these tight scheduling problems.

    • 1. He doesn’t have to pitch to show up.
      2. He could pitch an inning if he wanted to.
      3. He begged off last year too.

      The All-Star Game was a full week when they played two ASGs. You dated yourself there–’twas a long time ago.

  4. Note: The player’s pension games were only 59-62, when MLB experimented with two All Star games. The proceeds from the second game during those seasons went to player’s pensions.

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