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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Why some agents have serious concerns about MLB’s next CBA | FOX Sports

Hopefully, the next CBA will be signed early.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 27, 2016 at 03:16 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: agents, cba, mlbpa

Monday, September 12, 2016

Another Milestone Approaches for Mike Trout (Yawn)

Mike Trout is a few “Mike Trout” games away from notching his second 10-WAR season. Combined, the rest of major league baseball has zero. 

Trout’s career has essentially been one long milestone to this point, so marking another 10-WAR season probably doesn’t warrant a plaque in his personal trophy room (though there’s plenty of room where his multiple MVPs should be).

gehrig97 Posted: September 12, 2016 at 05:36 PM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: a-rod, barry bonds, ichiro suzuki, mike trout, mvp, war

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Bud Selig might soon be in the Baseball Hall of Fame (try to contain your excitement)

This never would have happened if baseball had a salary cap.

It’s generally more a matter of when than if commissioners get in the Hall of Fame. Selig’s call looks to be coming since the Hall of Fame announced revisions in July to the structure for its Era Committees, which consider players retired more than 15 years as well as managers, umpires and executives.

Selig falls under the newly created Today’s Game Committee, which will meet in December. Because of the rules of the committee and the period it covers, Selig could wind up highlighting a weak ballot this year. He could also help highlight an issue with the new Era Committee structure….

The hitch is determining where players made their greatest contribution and what committee they should be considered by. It’s uncertain how the Hall of Fame is going to do this, though there’s already talk Dick Allen could make the Modern Era Committee ballot a year from now.

If the Hall of Fame is a little loose in determining eras for candidates, it could have a robust Today’s Game Committee ballot this fall made up of first-time eligible candidates like Alan Trammell, Lou Whitaker, and Don Mattingly. It could say Jack Morris’s complete game victory in Game 7 of the 1991 World Series means he made his greatest contribution in the most recent era, even if baseball researcher Adam Darowski said 61 percent of Morris’s career games came before 1988.

Darowski made a good point recently—if the Hall of Fame is strict, this fall’s ballot for the Today’s Game Committee could be fairly slim. Meanwhile, the first Modern Era Committee ballot could wind up not having enough space for all the players who aren’t in the Hall of Fame but have their supporters, players like Bobby Grich, Dwight Evans, and Ted Simmons.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 16, 2016 at 05:26 PM | 74 comment(s)
  Beats: bud selig, hall of fame

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Joe Girardi benches A-Rod again, says ‘job description does not entail farewell tours’

Girardi thinks the key to winning is batting the sub .200 hitters over A-Rod.

ReggieThomasLives Posted: August 10, 2016 at 11:46 PM | 66 comment(s)
  Beats: a-rod, yankees, yankees-no-fun-as-usual

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Baseball’s Union Remains Wary Of Wearables - Vocativ

Just wait until the cyborg revolution starts!!

“It’s not really the technology itself—it’s all, in theory, great,” Colorado Rockies reliever and team union rep Adam Ottavino said. “I think we’re always a little bit scared of giving away too much of ourselves.”

The Zephyr Bioharness and the Motus elbow sleeve (the two approved devices) log heart and breathing rates and a pitcher’s workload and strain, respectively. They’re permitted so long as the data does not stream live and is instead stored for post-game retrieval. But even if it’s not available to be streamed live, collecting players’ biometric data raises a lot of questions.

New York Mets outfielder Curtis Granderson is a Major League Baseball Players’ Association representative and holds a senior leadership position in the union. He says: “It’s a matter of how much access will we have to it?’ How much [access] will the team have to it? What will be done with it?”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 09, 2016 at 08:35 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: mlbpa, technology, wearables

Friday, April 22, 2016

Braves may complain to union about condition of Turner Field infield

This would never happen with a new stadium!

Unhappy over the conditions of the Turner Field infield, Atlanta Braves players are considering contacting the players’ union to see if they can pressure their own club to make improvements, a source within the organization told ESPN on Thursday.

The source speculated that with the Braves leaving Turner Field for a new stadium after this season, the playing surface is not being treated with the same meticulous care as in the past and that the problem areas are the uneven grass and the unpredictable area where the turf meets the infield dirt….

“This is a tough infield,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “You look at Dodger Stadium versus this field, and this field, the guys talk about it around the league that it is not the best infield as far as playing.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 22, 2016 at 02:26 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, field conditions, mlbpa, turner field

 

 

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