Friday, February 24, 2017
But, beyond that, something happens when statheads talk about transactions or rule changes in particular. Unwittingly, I think, we ally with ownership. When a player signs a free agent deal, and we talk about whether it’s a “good” or a “bad” deal, we’re framing that in terms of whether it helps the team that the player signs with….
But I don’t think that’s out of some sympathy with owners. Rather, I think that most analysts, whether they’re into analytics or not, are fans first and foremost. Or at least have trouble taking off their fan caps entirely when they do analysis. As fans of teams (or laundry, as Seinfeld once said), we want what’s best for the team or teams we support. We understand each club has a budget, and we want the clubs we root for to not be unduly hamstrung within that restriction by “bad” deals that limit their freedom and flexibility to make other moves. And we know that our readers do too. You are fans of the Cubs, the Giants, the Yankees, and the Rangers far more than you’re fans of Mike Dunn or Edwin Encarnacion. In this, the interests of the owners and the analysts selfishly align, at the expense of the players.
Friday, December 02, 2016
“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.”
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
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.
Thursday, October 20, 2016
While the current labor agreement between Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association is set to expire in early December, don’t expect a strike or lockout to occur, that according to sources who would not speak on record but are close to the details.
As to when the deal may be announced, it would benefit both the league and union to have it occur prior to free agency, which starts shortly after the end of the World Series on Nov. 2nd.
The current five-year CBA was reached on Nov. 22, 2011, but prior to that, the 2006 labor deal was collectively announced by then commissioner Bud Selig and MLBPA executive director Donald Fehr on Oct 24 during the World Series. While sources would not say, it is possible that the labor deal could be announced during this year’s Fall Classic or very shortly after.
Tuesday, October 04, 2016
A baseball stadium concessions operator in Maryland is exempt from paying overtime, a federal appeals court ruled ( Hill v. Del. N. Cos. Sportservice, Inc. , 2d Cir., No. 15-2109, 10/3/16 ).
Delaware North Companies Sportservice Inc., which sells food, beverages and merchandise inside Oriole Park at Camden Yards, is covered by a Fair Labor Standards Act exemption for businesses engaged in amusement or recreational activities on a seasonal basis, Judge Barrington D. Parker wrote Oct. 3 for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. The company doesn’t directly provide amusement or recreation, but its primary purpose is selling goods and services to enhance spectators’ experience during Baltimore Orioles games.
Delaware North conducts business in Oriole Park through its subsidiary, Maryland Sportservice Inc., and has similar operations at a number of professional and college sports venues. The ruling could affect overtime eligibility for concessions workers at its other locations.
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