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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

Wednesday, March 23, 2016


Saturday, March 05, 2016

This day in MLBPA history: The first Spring Training tours

On March 5, 1966, Marvin Miller was hired as executive director pending a full vote of the membership, and he set off on the Players Association’s first camp-to-camp tour of Spring Training to meet with players.

bobm Posted: March 05, 2016 at 01:55 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: marvin miller, mlbpa

Monday, February 29, 2016

Players union in awkward position in Aroldis Chapman case | Newsday

I can’t believe the MLBPA agreed to such an open-ended policy.

As one union official put it, this is all “uncharted territory,” and the framework the Players Association agreed to last August gives Manfred wide-ranging powers, with a variety of disciplinary action at his disposal. The policy’s language allows for no “minimum or maximum” penalty. Manfred also can put a player on paid administrative leave, such as removing him from spring training, before the suspension takes hold for the regular season.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 29, 2016 at 09:44 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: aroldis chapman, mlbpa, yankees

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Tony Clark’s Path to the MLBPA Negotiating Table

A retrospective of Tony Clark’s career from Barry Savalaga.

Bargaining, certainly, doesn’t seem like a moment to cherish. But Clark will use his position not only to negotiate around the issues that become centerpieces in any round of talks – free agency, arbitration, pension, revenue splits – but to insert into the conversation his own passions. He is not just the first former player to serve as executive director, but he is the first African American, too.

Bote Man makes baseball fun again Posted: February 28, 2016 at 11:37 PM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: cba, mlbpa, tony clark

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Ex-MLB commissioner Bud Selig to teach at Arizona State’s law school

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

Former baseball commissioner Bud Selig will teach sports law and business at Arizona State’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law.

The university said Tuesday that Selig, 81, had been appointed the O’Connor distinguished professor of sports in America. In addition to teaching, he will become founding president of the sports law and business advisory board.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 10, 2016 at 10:14 AM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: bud selig, law school

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Qualifying-offer system key to collective bargaining negotiations, maintaining more than two decades of labor peace as MLB, players union begin to talk | FOX Sports

Maybe these players misread the market and should have signed for the $15.8 million.

This will be an interesting story to keep an eye on.

Desmond, Fowler, and Gallardo are the last remaining free agents who rejected qualifying offers in November—meaning teams must surrender a draft pick in order to sign them.

It is undeniable that draft-pick compensation has depressed the values for several free agents this offseason. The same has happened before under the current CBA. What’s impossible to know for certain is whether the rules have reduced overall industry spending, compared to a system without punitive measures against teams for signing particular free agents.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 02, 2016 at 09:52 AM | 125 comment(s)
  Beats: cba, mlbpa, owners

Monday, December 07, 2015

Sources: Kris Bryant, Maikel Franco filed grievances over manipulation of service time

That’s a lot of gratitude from Kris Bryant after the Cubs improved his defense!

Potential service-time manipulation looms as a significant issue with Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association ramping up discussions on a new collective-bargaining agreement after the current one expires Dec. 1, 2016. While neither case has yet to reach an arbitration panel, according to sources, the grievances indicate that players believe teams have not abided by the intention of service-time rules and operated in bad faith.

Bryant, the National League Rookie of the Year last season, debuted April 17 and finished the season with 171 days of service time. A full year of service comprises 172 days. The Cubs sent Bryant to Triple-A to start the season, and by calling him up when they did, they positioned themselves to stave off his free agency until 2021. Had Bryant played in their previous game and stayed on the major league roster for next five seasons, he would hit free agency following the 2020 season.

Franco debuted in September 2014 and started the 2015 season at Triple-A. On May 12, the Phillies optioned their everyday third baseman, Cody Asche, to the minor leagues but didn’t recall Franco. He arrived May 15 and finished the season with 170 days of service.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 07, 2015 at 05:11 PM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: arbitration, kris bryant, maikel franco, mlbpa, service time

Sunday, December 06, 2015

Jonathan Papelbon files grievance against the Nationals

According to multiple major league sources, the former Red Sox closer has filed a grievance against Washington for failing to pay his salary during the team-imposed four-game suspension at the conclusion of the 2015 season.

Papelbon was suspended by the Nationals after engaging in a dugout altercation with teammate Bryce Harper during a Sept. 23 game against the Orioles.

According to the sources, the player’s stance is that there is no precedent of a player having his salary withdrawn after such a team-issued suspension.

No date for a hearing has been set.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 06, 2015 at 11:05 PM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: grievances, jonathan papelbon, mlbpa, nationals

Thursday, December 03, 2015

The Unionization of Baseball – The Hardball Times

In case you don’t already know the history of the MLBPA.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 03, 2015 at 09:29 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: history, mlbpa

 

 

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