Ballplayers as Labor and Product
Should baseball players be making more?
According to Craig Calcaterra, it's an easy yes.
It's hard not to see Calcaterra's logic. As both labor and product, ballplayers are, viewed through Marx's lens of Entfremdung, more and less alienated from their labor than others.
In one sense, ballplayers don't fit in nicely with Marx's postulate that "Whatever the product of his labor is, he is not," as their performance is the end product of production. In another sense, as a member of a team, their individual production is collectively bundled with other individual production as a privately held commodity by the owners.
What would Marvin Miller do at a (gilded) time like this?