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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)
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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)
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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)
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