30 October 2019
As the Washington Nationals prepared for a win-or-go-home World Series Game 6 yesterday, Democrats in the House of Representatives pressed the Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice on antitrust enforcement in labour markets. FTC commissioner Noah Phillips said the US has a labour mobility problem – but he did not address whether he thinks that applies to Nationals outfielder Juan Soto. The 21-year-old scored a towering home run in the fifth inning that may be still orbiting the Houston airspace. Win or lose in tonight’s decider, the Nationals can rest easy knowing that Soto’s job mobility is restricted by Major League Baseball rules that give a team control of a player’s services for the first six years of that player’s career.