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Friday, May 01, 2015

MLB game times drop considerably; player penalties may be dropped

The system is working. Change the system!

Major League Baseball average game times are down almost 8 1/2 minutes from 2014, thanks to the league’s new pace-of-game rules.

That’s good news not just for fans, but players as well; ESPN reports that MLB officials and the players union are in discussions to drop the fines for slow play the league could impose beginning Friday.

According to Major League Baseball, through Wednesday’s games, the average nine-inning game time of just under two hours and 54 minutes is 8 1/2 minutes quicker than the 3:02 average in 2014.

The success of the new pace-of-game rules has led MLB officials to rethink the need to institute slow-play fines, which would range from $100 to $500 for infractions such as leaving the batter’s box during an at-bat. MLB officials agreed to give players a month of play to get used to the new procedures, issuing warnings for infractions, before issuing fines beginning May 1.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 01, 2015 at 08:35 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: fines, mlbpa, pace of play

Friday, April 10, 2015

MLB, union prohibit players from daily fantasy games

Who should I start this week, Joe Jackson or Pete Rose?

Major League Baseball and the players’ association have agreed to a deal that forbids players from playing in daily fantasy baseball games that involve a prize, but still allows them to endorse these companies.

Earlier this week, at the IMG World Congress in California, commissioner Rob Manfred said that although he considered daily fantasy different from gambling, playing fantasy for prizes became part of Rule 21, which prohibits players from gambling. Players will be subject to discipline if they are found to have violated the rule.

Sources involved in the talks between the league and the players’ association said that there was indeed concern over conflict of interest or at least the appearance of a conflict of interest in which the players could affect the outcome and potentially make money off of it.

The deal between MLB and the players’ association does not preclude the players from playing fantasy baseball when something of value is not involved and they can play fantasy sports other than baseball for prizes. It also doesn’t stop any player from accepting compensation from a daily fantasy site to endorse or promote the company or the players’ association from signing an official deal with one of those companies.

Major League Baseball acquired a stake of daily fantasy sports site DraftKings in 2013 when the site became the league’s official daily fantasy game. The league recently received a larger stake as part of an expansion of that original deal.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 10, 2015 at 03:47 PM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: draft kings, endorsements, fanduel, gambling, mlbpa

Monday, March 30, 2015

The MLBPA Has a Problem | FanGraphs Baseball

Nathaniel Grow makes some great points about the growing gap between baseball’s revenues and the players’ share of those revenues. Do you know what be a great thing for the MLBPA to work toward in the next CBA? A guaranteed portion of the revenue for minor leaguers. I won’t hold my breath.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 30, 2015 at 11:55 AM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: economics, mlbpa

Monday, March 09, 2015

MLB union chief: Designated hitter in NL still a ‘topic of discussion’

I’ll take “‘80s sports talk topics” for $800, Alex.

For more than 40 years, the National League has remained free of the designated hitter, but that could change in the future, according to MLB players’ union chief Tony Clark.

“That topic has come up independently of us bringing it up,” Clark said to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “It has been a topic, as I’m sure you know, a topic of discussion going back the last two bargaining agreements. Nothing has changed at this point in time. But I am guessing come 2016 that conversation will come up again.”...

“That was a concern when we started to talk about evening out the divisions and how that would manifest itself over the course of interleague play,” Clark said. “The idea that you would be in September with a possible division (title) on the line with one team who was not used to having a DH or a team that was used to having a DH not having it and how that could affect the overall outcome.

“As you might expect, we are very concerned about the integrity of the game and having scenarios or situations play out like that that could affect inevitably how a division ends, is not a place you want to find yourself.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 09, 2015 at 05:03 PM | 138 comment(s)
  Beats: designated hitter, mlbpa, national league

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Changes coming to MLBPA agent certification | FOX Sports

I am not sure I get the bachelor degree requirement. What if a former player, who has MLBPA and CBA knowledge and experience, decides he wants to be an agent? He can’t? Does Dave Stewart have a degree?

But policing these rules has been a difficulty. Despite clearly stated rules that a bachelor degree is required for certification, there’s a high-profile agent that has recently been outed as lacking that all-important section on his resume. Perhaps he has demonstrated “sufficient knowledge” to be exempted as the rule states, but there was agreement between the sources that there isn’t much enforcement from the MLBPA on many rules.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 14, 2015 at 06:52 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: agents, mlbpa

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Changes coming to MLBPA agent certification | FOX Sports

This sounds like a nice set up for existing agents, especially big agencies. The college degree requirement is a curious one. So a person who gets drafted, plays twenty years, is actively involved with the union, and has knowledge of the intricacies of player contracts can’t be an agent?

But ask the industry about bad agents, and you’ll get a list of infractions that don’t necessarily focus on felonies, CBA rules, or players on the forty-man. Agents can make mistakes when it comes to handling player finances, marketing decisions, personal advice, and understanding the marketplace. These directly impact the MLBPA’s main clients—the players—but it’s hard to really create a test that weeds these bad agents out.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 23, 2014 at 06:14 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: agents, mlbpa

 

 

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