"Lou Meléndez, MLB's vice president for international operations, was more than miffed to receive documents that called for instituting employee and player protections and requiring teams to pay out 10 per cent of players’ signing bonuses to the government. Chávez wants to tax MLB for what they take from the country.
" 'We don’t pay federations money for signing players anywhere in the world, and we don't expect to do so. It’s certainly not a way to conduct business,' huffed Meléndez."
Go tell that to the NHL, the English Premiership and every other major domestic soccer league in the world, Lou. Try not to act too hurt if their smiles seem a little condescending.
Yes, to us North Americans, Chávez pretty much is a crazy leftie. He's got a point on this matter.
Can't Knock the Hassle: Chávez Challenges Baseball (Dave Zirin, The Edge of Sports)