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Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Baseball’s Union Remains Wary Of Wearables - Vocativ

Just wait until the cyborg revolution starts!!

“It’s not really the technology itself—it’s all, in theory, great,” Colorado Rockies reliever and team union rep Adam Ottavino said. “I think we’re always a little bit scared of giving away too much of ourselves.”

The Zephyr Bioharness and the Motus elbow sleeve (the two approved devices) log heart and breathing rates and a pitcher’s workload and strain, respectively. They’re permitted so long as the data does not stream live and is instead stored for post-game retrieval. But even if it’s not available to be streamed live, collecting players’ biometric data raises a lot of questions.

New York Mets outfielder Curtis Granderson is a Major League Baseball Players’ Association representative and holds a senior leadership position in the union. He says: “It’s a matter of how much access will we have to it?’ How much [access] will the team have to it? What will be done with it?”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 09, 2016 at 08:35 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: mlbpa, technology, wearables

Friday, April 22, 2016

Braves may complain to union about condition of Turner Field infield

This would never happen with a new stadium!

Unhappy over the conditions of the Turner Field infield, Atlanta Braves players are considering contacting the players’ union to see if they can pressure their own club to make improvements, a source within the organization told ESPN on Thursday.

The source speculated that with the Braves leaving Turner Field for a new stadium after this season, the playing surface is not being treated with the same meticulous care as in the past and that the problem areas are the uneven grass and the unpredictable area where the turf meets the infield dirt….

“This is a tough infield,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “You look at Dodger Stadium versus this field, and this field, the guys talk about it around the league that it is not the best infield as far as playing.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 22, 2016 at 02:26 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, field conditions, mlbpa, turner field

Wednesday, March 23, 2016


Saturday, March 05, 2016

This day in MLBPA history: The first Spring Training tours

On March 5, 1966, Marvin Miller was hired as executive director pending a full vote of the membership, and he set off on the Players Association’s first camp-to-camp tour of Spring Training to meet with players.

bobm Posted: March 05, 2016 at 01:55 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: marvin miller, mlbpa

Monday, February 29, 2016

Players union in awkward position in Aroldis Chapman case | Newsday

I can’t believe the MLBPA agreed to such an open-ended policy.

As one union official put it, this is all “uncharted territory,” and the framework the Players Association agreed to last August gives Manfred wide-ranging powers, with a variety of disciplinary action at his disposal. The policy’s language allows for no “minimum or maximum” penalty. Manfred also can put a player on paid administrative leave, such as removing him from spring training, before the suspension takes hold for the regular season.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 29, 2016 at 09:44 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: aroldis chapman, mlbpa, yankees

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Tony Clark’s Path to the MLBPA Negotiating Table

A retrospective of Tony Clark’s career from Barry Savalaga.

Bargaining, certainly, doesn’t seem like a moment to cherish. But Clark will use his position not only to negotiate around the issues that become centerpieces in any round of talks – free agency, arbitration, pension, revenue splits – but to insert into the conversation his own passions. He is not just the first former player to serve as executive director, but he is the first African American, too.

Bote Man makes baseball fun again Posted: February 28, 2016 at 11:37 PM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: cba, mlbpa, tony clark

 

 

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