Referring to players/athletes as “property of”?

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I’m not a big fan of the WBC but must admit to watching,and even enjoying some of it these past couple of weeks.I must say that the announcing of Matt  Vasgersian kind of got to me.On more than one occasion he referred to some of the WBC players as being “property of” their respective MLB team.I’m pretty sure players have been labeled this before but  i can honestly say that i can’t remember the last time i heard it used so prevalently during a ball game than during this years WBC.The label just doesn’t sit well with me.”Affiliated with” or “under contract with” sounds a lot less objectifying than “property of” imo.


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