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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Schedule, free-agent compensation among issues on the table between MLB, union | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Bring back the doubleheader.

Options include shortening the 162-game schedule, which takes place across 183 days, but that step will create pushback from owners who lose home gates and the amount of product they can exhibit when negotiating new TV contracts.

“There are ways to produce more off days in the schedule,” MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said at a meeting with the Baseball Writers Association of America at the All-Star Game. “Some of those have very significant economic ramifications that if in fact we were going down those roads, those economic ramifications are going to have to be shared by all of the relevant parties. You want to work less? Usually you get paid less.”

“I don’t agree that there would need to be a discussion about the loss of salary or a rollback of salaries,” MLBPA executive director Tony Clark told the BBWAA.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 26, 2016 at 10:00 AM | 39 comment(s)
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Monday, July 18, 2016

Report: Reducing MLB season to 154 games has ‘gained momentum’ - CBSSports.com

Maybe they should put a 10% or 15% across the board salary cut on the table to get it done.

According to David Lennon of Newsday, the idea of reducing the schedule to 154 games has “gained momentum” of late, as MLB and the MLBPA negotiate the new collective bargaining agreement. The current CBA expires on December 1, and there’s no indication a work stoppage is on the horizon, thankfully.

The biggest problem with reducing the schedule is the financial impact. Eight fewer games means four fewer home dates per team, which impacts the bottom line. Also, television contracts around the league call for a minimum number of games to be broadcast and things like that.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 18, 2016 at 11:55 AM | 68 comment(s)
  Beats: cba

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Rob Manfred, Tony Clark discuss CBA matters | MLB.com

In other words…if you want a shorter schedule payroll cuts are in order.

The schedule: Both Manfred and Clark acknowledge that 162 games in 183 days is a grind, and Clark said the evolving nature of the game and its off-the-field demands have made it even more challenging. Clark stressed that measures need to be made to put players in the best position to play at a high level every day and to improve the likelihood that a fan attending a game can expect to see his or her favorite player in action. Manfred said that shortening the schedule would of course impact gate revenues and, therefore, should impact salaries.

“If we were going to go down those roads, those economic ramifications are going to have to be shared by all the applicable parties,” Manfred said.

Clark countered that if the quality of play is improved, that, in and of itself, is a selling point that could offset the financial impact.

“I’m not talking about raising ticket prices,” Clark said. “I’m talking about as a fan coming to the ballpark and I know I’m going to see my guys, as a result of XYZ being done to make improvements to their overall health and ability to be on the field.”

Clark said increasing roster sizes from their current 25 in order to improve flexibility is an idea that “would seem to make sense.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 13, 2016 at 07:11 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: cba

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Making baseball players more popular is key point of the next CBA | FOX Sports

Is this really a problem? I like some of the players but I’m more a fan of the laundry than the players.

After meeting with the Giants last offseason, Zack Greinke took a walk to explore San Francisco.

No one recognized him, according to people who were in contact with him that day.

Think about that: Greinke, then a free agent, soon would receive the highest average salary of any pitcher in major-league history. Yet he went unnoticed in a city where fans should have been quite familiar with him, considering that he had spent the previous three seasons with the Giants’ biggest rival, the Dodgers.

That’s a problem—a problem that both baseball and the players’ union are addressing in their collective-bargaining negotiations, according to sources on both sides.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 19, 2016 at 09:45 AM | 60 comment(s)
  Beats: cba

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

Monday, February 15, 2016

I Read the Entire Collective Bargaining Agreement and Here’s What I Learned

in the event the Commissioner dies, Alexander Haig is next in line to become the new Commissioner. Who knew?

7. I did not know these things.
Retired players aren’t allowed to come out of retirement and join a team in August or September. I did not know that. The postseason shares are voted on by a team before the postseason. I did not know that. The manager (and only the manager) is allowed to address the team before the postseason shares are voted on. I did not know that. A club can carry 24 players if it wants to. I did not know that. (It may not carry 23 or fewer.) A player can’t change his shoes once he has begun running the bases. I did not know that. Players must be provided two uniforms (but not shoes!), and must return the uniforms when they leave the team. I did not know any of those three things. A player may not change jersey numbers midseason unless he agrees to buy all the remaining jerseys with the old number on them. I did not know that. The MLBPA and the owners share the cost of translating documents into Spanish. I did not know that. Players have a right to a second opinion on anything the team doctor says, and first-class travel to get that second opinion, but it must be from a doctor on the team-provided list of second-opinion doctors. If the player wants a second (or third) opinion from a different doctor, he must pay for it (and the first-class travel) himself. I did not know that. Players must, with the implementation of this most recent CBA, submit to oral health exams. I did not know that.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 15, 2016 at 10:10 PM | 34 comment(s)
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Not every baseball team that’s rebuilding should be accused of tanking | FOX Sports

Two changes could help this issue: 1) allow teams to trade picks (and decide how much of the pool money to include), and 2) equalize the amount of money given to the team with the highest draft pool with everybody else by increasing the luxury tax threshold for the other teams to match the difference.

The union historically has opposed the concept of a payroll “floor,” believing teams should be free to go up or down. The problem now is that the weighted bonus pools in the current CBA created an even greater motivation for teams to seek the highest draft position.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 15, 2016 at 07:06 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: cba, economics

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

 

 

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