Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo

News

All News | Prime News

Old-School Newsstand


Contributors

Jim Furtado
Founder & Publisher
Repoz
Editor - Baseball Primer

Syndicate

Mlbpa Newsbeat

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

MLBPA Director Tony Clark Voices Opposition To Draft

Major League Baseball Players Association executive director Tony Clark voiced opposition to the draft Tuesday in an address to the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.

Asked if he viewed the draft as “inherently anti-labor,” Clark responded “yes.”

“Limiting and restricting the opportunities of entry, I’ll stand here—and I did at the bargaining table—suggesting that I’d like to remove all of it,” Clark said.

Commissioner Rob Manfred, who followed Clark’s address with his own, said Major League Baseball has not considered removing the draft and that he had not previously heard that stance from Clark.

“Every professional sport has a draft,” Manfred said. “It’s part of the normal economic system that preserves the competitive balance in a sport, number one.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 10, 2019 at 06:07 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mlbpa

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

M.L.B. and Players’ Union Set to Begin Early Labor Talks - The New York Times

“What you see going on here is really a distribution issue, how the players want salary distributed. How salary is distributed among our teams is an issue that systems can be designed to address.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 18, 2019 at 07:36 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: cba, collective bargaining agreement, mlbpa

Friday, May 03, 2019

‘Lords of the Realm,’ the Book That Foreshadowed the Last MLB Strike

“There was something about the national pastime that made the people in it behave badly. They were, perhaps, blinded by the light of what it represented—a glowing distillate of America. Men fought to control it as if they could own it. They wallowed in dubious battle, locked in ugly trench warfare for dominion over the green fields. The money poured into the game and men gorged and gouged over it—made damned fools of themselves over it. And the fans, ever forgiving, were still there.” —John Helyar, Lords of the Realm: The Real History of Baseball


Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Contract Extension Fever Isn’t Just About Economics | FanGraphs Baseball

I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again. The MLBPA needs to greatly raise minimum salaries. They should also push for added money for players based on playing time.

The table is sortable, so you can play around with it as you would like, but I’ll admit that I find it difficult to draw any general conclusions by examining each deal in its particulars. It does seem to be true, broadly speaking, that the deals involving several free agent seasons have been signed mostly by established players (Trout, Arenado,  Hicks, Bogaerts, and Goldschmidt) while those deals locking in cost certainty for years already under team control are mostly the province of younger, less-experienced players (Bote, Jiménez, Acuña, Albies, etc.). The young stars who already got paid during the draft, meanwhile (think Kris Bryant and Carlos Correa) are nowhere to be found. They don’t need what’s being sold right now.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 17, 2019 at 08:17 AM | 51 comment(s)
  Beats: economics, mlbpa

Tuesday, April 02, 2019

Kevin McGuiness quits MLBPA, replaced by Xavier James

NEW YORK (AP) — Kevin McGuiness has resigned after five years as chief operations officer of the Major League Baseball Players Association and been replaced by Xavier D. James, who had been his deputy.

James, 51, was hired by the union last year after working as lawyer for gospel singer DeLeon Richards Sheffield, the wife of former All-Star outfielder Gary Sheffield. James will oversee organizational infrastructure, human resources, staffing, and budgeting.

A graduate of the University of California at Irvine and George Washington Law School, McGuiness taught Renaissance history and English literature in Florence, Italy. He had been president of the McGuiness Group, a lobbying firm that represented the MLBPA, before joining the union at the start of 2014. The players’ union said Monday he will return to private practice, and he will represent the union in that role.

And, with these descriptions, one can better see why the owners have been drinking the MLBPA’s milkshake.

 

QLE Posted: April 02, 2019 at 04:12 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mlbpa

Friday, March 15, 2019

MLB players are focused on what impact the new rule changes won’t have

Baseball’s current collective bargaining agreement doesn’t expire until December 2021, but the league’s long-reigning labor peace is at risk as tensions rise over free agency stagnation and disagreements about what has caused a recent downturn in the sport’s popularity. And so, with players speaking up about their frustration more than ever and some even openly dropping the S-word, the two sides came to the table this offseason to see what changes could be agreed upon now — before a work stoppage becomes a real threat.

Now, after weeks of negotiations, Major League Baseball and the players’ association have reached a consensus Thursday on a number of rule changes as well as the creation of a joint committee to discuss ongoing modifications to the game. The result represents a vastly reduced version of what the league office proposed in January and what the union counter-proposed in early February.

What’s left is what both sides can live with. And while fans and media will want to talk about what impact these changes are going to have, the players are more focused on what impact they won’t have.

Alternatively, it is a reminder of the old saw about how committees agree collectively to policies that no member would ever support individually….

 

QLE Posted: March 15, 2019 at 07:24 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mlbpa, rule changes

Thursday, March 14, 2019

A preview of the new procedural changes coming to MLB in 2020

We’re already discussing the changes to the trade deadline- some other changes that will be coming:

The players’ union and MLB are expected to announce they have agreed, in 2020, to:

Roster expansion by one to 26, including a maximum 13 pitchers, in the regular and postseasons. After Aug. 31, rosters may grow to as many as 28, with a maximum of 14 pitchers. Previously, September rosters were allowed 40 players. The larger roster creates 30 major league jobs.

Increasing the injured list and option-recall duration for pitchers from 10 to 15 days.

The shortening of between-inning breaks at Major League Baseball’s discretion.

Extra innings of the All-Star Game would begin with a runner at second base.

Three-batter rule has been rejected, and confirmation that the pitch clock won’t be coming in 2019 or 2020.

It seems to me that most of these decisions, either of rules to change or rules not changed, are terrible- what say you?


Monday, March 11, 2019

For the MLB Players’ Association, a more unified front isn’t just for show – Orange County Register

Solidarity to do what?

On the tone of players’ questions in their group meetings with union leaders: “The engagement of solidarity among the group is something we haven’t seen in a long time. Whether you’re a young player, young guys are asking questions. Whether you’re in the middle, whether you’re a senior player – everybody is paying attention to what’s going on. … It’s something that we’re encouraged by and that we can appreciate as we’ve gone through Arizona and I would suspect that Florida would be similar.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 11, 2019 at 12:11 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: mlbpa

Friday, March 01, 2019

MLBPA keeping an eye on Blue Jays possibly manipulating Vladimir Guerrero, Jr.’s service time

On Tuesday, Blue Jays GM said on MLB Network Radio about super-prospect and third baseman Vladimir Guerrero, Jr., “I just don’t see him as a major league player.” It was seen as a precursor for Guerrero — son of the Hall of Famer who played for the Expos — to begin the season in the minors for the first two weeks or so of the regular season, a common theme with baseball’s top prospects. MLB Pipeline deems Guerrero the No. 1 prospect in baseball ahead of Fernando Tatis, Jr. and Eloy Jiménez.

The way service time works, teams are incentivized to hold their best players in the minor leagues for the first 10 games or so. In doing so, the player is unable to accrue a full year of service time, which means the team gets to control that player for an extra year, delaying his eligbility for free agency. Typically, a player’s first three years in the majors are known as “pre-arbitration years,” which results in being paid the league minimum or slightly above. Then a player has three years of arbitration eligibility which typically sees the player make a significant jump in salary. After six years, a player finally becomes eligible for free agency.

Technically speaking, teams are not allowed to fudge with their players’ service time, as they would be acting in bad faith. However, intent is notoriously difficult to prove, so teams skirt around the issue by making up nebulous reasoning to keep a star prospect in the minors. Usually, the representative says the player needs to work on his defense. That’s what the Cubs said about Kris Bryant in 2015 when they had him start the year at Triple-A despite torching minor league pitching in 2014 and follow up with an even more bonkers spring training showing. Bryant said he saw three ground balls in games before he was called up to the majors after the cut-off that granted the Cubs another year of control over him.

True, but tempting to view in the manner of Boss Tweed via Thomas Nast:

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-4w_eFtk3KJU/TtWePACuQPI/AAAAAAAAAwg/zejWLTrhyBM/s1600/Tweed+++Nast++Under+The+Thumb+-+twas+him+-+smaller.jpg

http://gallery.oldprintshop.com/public/uploads/jpg/92289.jpg

 

QLE Posted: March 01, 2019 at 06:15 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, mlbpa, service time, vladimir guerrero jr.

Thursday, February 28, 2019

The new MLBPA chief negotiator that’s preparing for a possible battle with MLB

PHOENIX — “Jelly bean?” Bruce Meyer mouthed.

He was on a phone call, pacing the lobby of a Phoenix hotel, occasionally slipping his hand into a brown paper bag wedged under his elbow. He stopped, held out the bag and raised his eyebrows.

The new chief negotiator for the Major League Baseball Players Association just may have a jelly bean problem.

Worse still, he’s in a position where he reports to Tony Clark.

QLE Posted: February 28, 2019 at 07:44 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: bruce meyer, jelly beans, labor relations, mlbpa, negotiations

 

 

News

All News | Prime News

Old-School Newsstand


BBTF Partner

Dynasty League Baseball

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
Sheer Tim Foli
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogAlex Rodriguez shares painful details of MLB suspension on Danica Patrick's podcast
(8 - 11:54am, Aug 23)
Last: .

Hall of MeritMost Meritorious Player: 1919 Discussion
(10 - 11:47am, Aug 23)
Last: Kiko Sakata

NewsblogOMNICHATTER is King of the News! for August 22, 2019
(54 - 11:35am, Aug 23)
Last: Howie Menckel

NewsblogIs Mike Trout really better than Derek Jeter?
(19 - 11:35am, Aug 23)
Last: Fernigal McGunnigle

NewsblogIf you want to try the best food from all 30 MLB ballparks, this event is for you
(2 - 11:27am, Aug 23)
Last: ajnrules

NewsblogWhy Bryce Harper is rooting for Mookie Betts to beat his $330 million deal
(17 - 11:25am, Aug 23)
Last: Joyful Calculus Instructor

NewsblogAs Clayton Kershaw passes Sandy Koufax in wins, October remains the focus
(6 - 11:20am, Aug 23)
Last: SoSH U at work

NewsblogRevisiting whether clutch is a skill
(39 - 11:05am, Aug 23)
Last: villageidiom

NewsblogGiants’ Samardzija celebrates 10 years in majors with call for service-time reforms
(27 - 11:03am, Aug 23)
Last: Bote Man

NewsblogJudge upholds arbitration ruling that Orioles owed Nationals $296.8 million in MASN TV rights dispute
(2 - 10:53am, Aug 23)
Last: Bote Man

NewsblogOT Soccer Thread - A New Season is Upon Baldrick
(558 - 10:41am, Aug 23)
Last: Topher

NewsblogPrimer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-23-2019
(1 - 10:35am, Aug 23)
Last: Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee)

NewsblogMLB Down The Line Predictions Uncategorized (DO NOT USE) Could Nick Markakis be enshrined? in Cooperstown?
(47 - 10:33am, Aug 23)
Last: Ithaca2323

NewsblogMLB warns sexual enhancers may include PEDs
(11 - 10:00am, Aug 23)
Last: Yonder Alonso in misguided trousers (cardinal)

NewsblogClemens nixes political run, citing 'climate'
(26 - 9:44am, Aug 23)
Last: Barry`s_Lazy_Boy

Page rendered in 1.5105 seconds
89 querie(s) executed