Thursday, February 04, 2016
Sorry, I don’t even know where to start on this article. I really like Ken Rosenthal and generally enjoy his stuff but this piece is a mess.
Tuesday, February 02, 2016
Tanking as an issue is much ado about nothing. Teams already pay a price for tanking. Attendance and ratings drop.
Now, however, there is a lockstep relationship between losing and the draft. If you’re not going to make the playoffs, it’s clearly better to lose 105 games than 95. at a certain point it’s in a club’s best interest to simply wave the white flag and position itself for three years from now. Unless and until that relationship is reduced in strength, that incentive will persist.
If, as Olney says, owners are angry about taking, which one of them is going to propose that they chuck draft slotting and bonus pools first? And if mid-range veteran free agents are going to be miffed that they’re still unsigned in February — or if they’re going to be upset with how an allegedly tanking team goes about its business — which union representatives are going to go back to what Michael Weiner thought about the topic back in 2009 and go back to the business of opposing salary caps in all forms?
Gentlemen: start your negotiating.
As Buster Olney noted in his column , “Some of the concerned teams link the question of tanking to the ongoing conversation about revenue-sharing, according to sources. Owners of large-market teams believe small-market teams should allocate funds provided to them to improving their on-field product. Instead, in some cases, those dollars have been used for debt and for partner and executive payments. Some small-market owners believe they should be able to use the revenue-sharing funds as they see fit.
The possibility that some teams which get revenue-sharing dollars might be taking the money and still structuring their rosters to lose rather than spending it to improve has inflamed the ire of some big-market clubs.”
So, the issue isn’t really about tanking or the draft, it’s about money big market teams give to small market teams.
Sunday, January 17, 2016
Friday, January 15, 2016
High school players who are drafted will now be allowed to have an agent negotiate for them with major league clubs before enrolling in college without affecting their NCAA eligibility, following a vote Friday at the NCAA Convention.
A proposal that was sponsored by the Big 12 Conference as a part of the process the Power Five conferences have to autonomously adopt legislation easily passed by a vote of 75-2 with three abstentions. The rule goes into effect immediately for the Atlantic Coast Conference, Big 12, Big Ten Conference, Pacific 12 Conference and the Southeastern Conference. Other Division I conferences may adopt the rule if they so choose.
High school draftees must pay the agent’s going rate and may not receive any additional benefits. If they do not sign, they must terminate their relationship with the agent before enrolling in college.
Too late for Andrew Oliver.
Posted: January 15, 2016 at 11:22 AM | 5 comment(s)
Monday, October 05, 2015
Phillies lock down the first pick.
1. Phillies 63-99
2. Reds 64-98
3. Braves 67-95
4. Rockies 68-94
5. Brewers 68-94
6. Athletics 68-94
7. Marlins 71-91
8. Padres 74-88
9. Tigers 74-88
10. White Sox 76-86
Posted: October 05, 2015 at 07:11 AM | 6 comment(s)
Sunday, October 04, 2015
Thursday, September 03, 2015
Who will win “The Biggest Loser”?
Miami (54-79, one game out). Other than Oakland and maybe Milwaukee, this was the team on this list that had the highest hopes for 2015 coming in, though, then again, this is Miami, so you never know. Regardless, once Giancarlo Stanton got hurt, this team became impossible to watch. I love Ichiro as much as anyone else, but seeing him play every day in an empty building with a fish statue would make anyone sad. The Marlins might have a little push left in them the rest of the year. Stanton could be back this weekend, and Jose Fernandez should return in mid-September. That’s a positive for Fish fans desperate for a reason to go to the ballpark … but it won’t do their Drive For Last efforts any favors.
Colorado (53-78, one game out). Everyone jumped ship when Troy Tulowitzki was traded, and with good reason. Maybe the saddest thing about this Rockies team that has the second-worst record is that it’s virtually indistinguishable from every other Rockies team of the past six years. It’s only missing Tulo. And they don’t even have LaTroy Hawkins anymore.
Philadelphia (53-80, “first” place). For all the frustrations with Ruben Amaro—and the fact that he’s likely going to be out of a job pretty soon—one must admit: He ended up doing rather well for himself and the franchise with that Cole Hamels trade. There’s some nice young talent in Philadelphia’s system right now. But most of it isn’t on the big league roster—and Aaron Nola is still figuring out how the bigs work—which means there are going to be a lot of Jeff Francoeur and Darin Ruf at-bats over the next month. This is as bad as it’s going to get for the Phillies. But have no doubt: It’s going to be very bad.
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