Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Follow the money.
During the 2015-16 signing period, which opened on July 2, 2015, the Red Sox were not allowed to sign any player subject to the international bonus pools for more than $300,000, a penalty for exceeding their bonus pool the previous signing period.
In spite of those restrictions, the Red Sox still signed two of Baseball America’s Top 30 international prospects for July 2 last year. Venezuelan outfielders Albert Guaimaro (ranked No. 15) and Simon Muzziotti (ranked No. 24) each signed for $300,000 bonuses. Guaimaro trained with Francisco Ortiz, while Muzziotti trained with Pascuale Fiorello and Pablo Leal. The Red Sox signed multiple players from those programs last year. They signed multiple players from the programs run by Felix Olivo and Jose Montero as well, most notably shortstop Antonio Pinero for $300,000 from Olivo’s program and shortstop Eduardo Torrealba for $300,000 from Montero’s program.
According to several sources, MLB officials—including Nelson Tejada, the league’s manager of investigations—went to the Red Sox academy in the Dominican Republic last week and questioned several of those Venezuelan players individually about their signings. MLB officials asked the players whether they signed in a package deal, whether they gave part of their signing bonus to another player or received part of another player’s bonus, or why they signed for more or less money than might have been expected. Some of those players, according to one source, did acknowledge that they signed as part of a package deal.
Friday, May 06, 2016
Wednesday, March 09, 2016
Please don’t break it.
How good are things? So good that baseball basically sells 75 million tickets annually, which Manfred pointed out is more than the NFL, NHL and NBA combined.
All of that is good.
It, however, isn’t reason for MLB to be satisfied. The challenge is to not only maintain, but build on the success of the last quarter-century.
Manfred knows it.
That’s why when a fan asked what the greatest opportunity and the greatest challenge the game faces are, Manfred said, “They are the same—the next generation.
“We have the opportunity to grow the game by capturing the young people, and we can grow it in a number of ways. The challenge is using modern methods [for growth] interfering with the traditions of the game.”
Posted: March 09, 2016 at 07:47 AM | 23 comment(s)
Saturday, February 20, 2016
Manfred talks about a lot of issues.
Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Manfred told ESPN he was merely discussing the pros and cons of a possible change and did not mean to create the impression that NL clubs want to adopt the DH. He compared the reaction to his comments to the fallout a year ago when he discussed the possibility of eliminating defensive shifts as a hypothetical change that MLB might consider.
“When I talked about the defensive shifts, I let myself get into a situation where I speculated about a change I wasn’t serious about,” Manfred said. “I made the same mistake this time when I went back and forth on the pros and cons of the DH issue rather than saying what I’ve said all along—that I think we’re status quo on the DH, because it is the single most important feature that defines the differences between the two leagues.”
The NFL damaged itself in how it handled the Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson cases. What did you take away from the response and reaction, and how will that shape your domestic-violence punishment?
When the domestic-violence issue moved to the forefront, we did a really careful review of how people handled domestic-violence problems in a variety of industries. For us, we concluded the most important thing for us to do was have a collectively bargained policy, and we thought that for two reasons. Only through collective bargaining can you have a complete approach to the issue – education, counseling, discipline. If you don’t have the representative of the employees on board, you’re not going to get that complete, well-rounded approach. And point two: We think collectively bargained policies in disciplinary areas generally have more acceptance among the players because they provide them with certain safeguards that our players have been used to over time.
Posted: January 26, 2016 at 06:42 AM | 1 comment(s)
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