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Thursday, May 18, 2017

The end of the Cuban revolution is coming soon with Luis Robert’s signing

The Cuban revolution in Major League Baseball ends this week. Technically, Luis Robert, 19 years old, 6-foot-2, 180 yoked pounds, outfielder, right-handed hitter and thrower, fast as a bullwhip and, like every one of his predecessors, especially interesting because he is shrouded in the unknown, is not the last baseball player to come to the United States from Cuba. The drip-drip-drip of talent, whether through defection or an agreement between the league and nation, will cease no time soon.

What does conclude with Robert’s signing, which multiple sources told Yahoo Sports they expect to be with the Chicago White Sox or St. Louis Cardinals, is the huge-money era of Cubans in the sport. Over the past seven years, beginning with Aroldis Chapman’s defection, teams guaranteed well over three-quarters of a billion dollars to Cubans that hadn’t played a single inning of organized baseball outside of their homeland. There were a few booms. There were as many, if not more, busts. Now, with Robert, it’s over.


Friday, December 16, 2016

Get ready for more day baseball, everyone

Bad news for vampire baseball players.

According to ESPN’s Jayson Stark, the Major League Baseball Players Association prioritized the sanctity of getaway days during the latest round of collective bargaining negotiations, and what they got were rules that prevented day games in a new city after night games far away.

Major League Baseball will require teams to start many games earlier than normal beginning in 2018, thanks to a provision in the new labor agreement that goes into effect when either team faces a flight longer than 2½ hours after the game.

Sources told ESPN that the getaway-day changes will apply if a team has a game—or even an off day at home—the next day.

So for example, there’s a Wednesday game next year in Miami with a start time of TBD. The next game is in San Francisco on Thursday night. Under the old rules, the Marlins could say, “Neener neener neener, we like our night games because they draw dozen of fans,” and there wasn’t anything the Giants could do but grumble. Starting in 2018, the Marlins would be required to make that game start no later than 5:00 p.m., which is essentially forcing them into a day game. Nobody likes weird half-day-half-night games other than the Padres, and even they’ve stopped doing that.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 16, 2016 at 02:28 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: collective bargaining agreement, day baseball

Monday, December 12, 2016

New MLB Hazing Policy Bans Dressing As Women

End of an era:

That baseball hazing ritual of dressing up rookies as Wonder Woman, Hooters Girls and Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders is now banned. Major League Baseball created an Anti-Hazing and Anti-Bullying Policy that covers the practice. As part of the sport’s new labor deal, set to be ratified by both sides on Tuesday, the players’ union agreed not to contest it.

The policy, obtained by The Associated Press, prohibits “requiring, coercing or encouraging” players from “dressing up as women or wearing costumes that may be offensive to individuals based on their race, sex, nationality, age, sexual orientation, gender identify or other characteristic.”
.  .  .
Bryce Harper as a member of the U.S. Olympic women’s gymnastics team. Mike Trout as Lady Gaga. Manny Machado in a ballet tutu. Carlos Correaas Wonder Woman. Those are all out starting next season.
.  .  .
Not all outfits are banned: Superheroes such as Batman and Spider-Man are OK. Other past costumes that would be allowed include San Francisco ace Madison Bumgarner as a giant ketchup bottle, Miami slugger Giancarlo Stanton on the U.S. Olympic men’s water polo team and Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig as Gumby.

Some photos of past costumes at link.

The Yankee Clapper Posted: December 12, 2016 at 11:50 PM | 78 comment(s)
  Beats: collective bargaining agreement, dress code, hazing, rookies, women

Friday, December 02, 2016

Rays pretty much strike out in MLB’s new labor deal

“Disappointed in what we’ve seen so far,” Rays baseball operations president Matt Silverman said. “I’m not optimistic about the CBA in terms of helping us as a lower-revenue club.”

The Rays had hopes, as they did in the last CBA negotiations and the one before that, for some assistance.

Specifically, they have been seeking draft reform, a change in the system that would give them more picks, or higher picks, or, even better, more higher picks based on their market size and revenue totals, rather than just on win-loss record. Simpler: They don’t feel the Cubs or Red Sox or Yankees should get their pick of better talent just because one had a bad year on the field.

“Lower revenue clubs face a lot of obstacles, especially when it comes to talent acquisition,” Silverman said. “We can’t go out and spend like other clubs, so we need to find other avenues to be able to acquire that talent. We’ve looked for additional access on the amateur side, on the international side, and there haven’t been any major changes in the last 10 years. And, in fact, the revenue disparity between clubs has grown by an immense amount.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 02, 2016 at 01:50 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: cba, collective bargaining agreement, labor, rays, revenue sharing

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

MLB, players union agree to new CBA in time to avoid lockout, reports say

As negotiations intensified leading up to the deadline, various reports indicated most of the items up for discussion had been settled, with one key provision still up in the air: the luxury tax imposed on teams that break the $189 million player-payroll threshold.

Though several teams have exceeded that number since it was imposed and duly paid the financial penalty, the players have increasingly viewed the figure as a de facto salary cap. The New York Post reported the limit will be increased from the current $189 million to $195 million in 2017, with annual raises that would reach $210 million by the end of the agreement.

The other key point of contention that had generated the most discussion in recent months was MLB’s plan to institute an international draft. The measure would have primarily affected prospects from the Dominican Republic and Venezuela, and players from those countries and agents who represent them have been outspoken in their opposition to a draft, which would have amounted to a cost-saving measure for the owners….

Other changes expected to be part of a finalized deal include:

—Eliminating the requirement that teams give up a draft pick in exchange for signing a free agent who had received a qualifying offer from his previous team, a significant win for the players whose potential destinations were limited by that penalty.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 30, 2016 at 09:38 PM | 91 comment(s)
  Beats: collective bargaining agreement, labor

 

 

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