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Friday, January 25, 2019

MLBPA hires former ESPN writer Jerry Crasnick as senior advisor for player, agent, and media relations

Back in October, long-time ESPN baseball writer Jerry Crasnick announced it was his final day at ESPN after 15 years. He’s now found a new role at the Major League Baseball Players Association. The union announced Friday that they’d promoted veteran staffer Chris Dahl (who’s been working with the MLBPA in a variety of roles for 22 years, most recently as the interim director of communications) to director of communications and hired Crasnick as senior advisor for player, agent and media relations:

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 25, 2019 at 05:48 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mlbpa

MLB PLAYERS UNION HEAD TONY CLARK BLASTS SLOW FREE AGENCY

For the second consecutive year, prominent free agents remain unsigned with very little time remaining before spring training. And MLBPA head Tony Clark is not happy about it.

Clark ripped the slow process, comparing it to the pace of play arguments that have permeated through baseball in recent years.

When asked if his incompetence had helped to create this situation, Clark said “Look over there!” and ran out a side door.

 

QLE Posted: January 25, 2019 at 03:58 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: free agency, mlbpa, tony clark

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Former Reliever Tells Story of MLB Players Union Refusing to Help Pay for Life-Saving Treatment

​Former reliever Micah Bowie spent parts of six seasons at the major league level, including two seasons with the ​Washington Nationals in 2006 and 2007. After just 10 appearances with the Colorado Rockies in 2008, he was released and his career was over.

After clawing his way to stay in the big leagues, Bowie is now fighting and clawing just to stay alive.

​​After undergoing back surgery that led to complications in 2016, Bowie has been dealing with life-threatening health issues, including severe damage to his lungs that doesn’t allow him to breath very well.

QLE Posted: January 20, 2019 at 09:48 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: health, micah bowie, mlbpa

AZSnakepit Jim McLennan: No, baseball’s economy is not broken , Changing? Sure.

No-one has yet been able to tell me why owners are obligated to pay more to players, simply because revenue has increased. MLB is no anarcho-syndicalist commune where players and owners take it in turns to act as sort of executive officer for the week. It is a business, with players among the most well-remunerated employees of any company in the world - contracts guaranteed regardless of performance, health or federal investigation

shoewizard Posted: January 20, 2019 at 09:48 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cba, free agents, mlbpa

Saturday, December 22, 2018

Average baseball salary down for first time since 2004

And somehow Tony Clark is still in charge.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 22, 2018 at 08:46 AM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: economics, mlbpa

Thursday, December 06, 2018

MLB players concerned about retooling teams, attendance drop

NEW YORK (AP) — Baseball players are concerned the Seattle Mariners have become yet another rebuilding team and may be joined by others following a season of steep attendance drops among clubs that faded early and never contended for the playoffs.

Union head Tony Clark and new collective bargaining director Bruce Meyer said Wednesday their members also are concerned about rapid change in the way games are played, such as the increased use of relief pitchers, and are willing to speak with management this offseason about whether counteracting changes are needed.

Altering the amateur draft to include an NBA-style lottery for the top picks, the 10-day disabled list and the 10-day minimum for the recall of players optioned to the minors are among the topics the union is prepared to talk about as part of a wider discussion. So are possible rules to counter offense-suffocating defensive shifts.

A reminder that a lot of players are as alarmed by tanking as those of us who watch it from the stands….

 

QLE Posted: December 06, 2018 at 08:04 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: attendance, bad ideas, bruce meyer, lottery, mlbpa, tanking, tony clark

Thursday, November 08, 2018

Red Sox: Bill James “is not an employee nor does he speak for the club”

People are losing their minds over James’ tweets. Of course, people lose their minds over all kinds of stupid stuff, so I shouldn’t be surprised. Anyway, Craig has the important links and info.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 08, 2018 at 02:03 PM | 182 comment(s)
  Beats: bill james, mlbpa

Saturday, September 08, 2018

Players union criticizes Blue Jays for not calling up Guerrero - Sportsnet.ca

Yesterday on MLB Now, Eno Sarris suggested an idea which could be workable related to service time. He suggested teams get a fixed amount of time for minor and major league service time. I believe he mentioned somewhere around 8 years, dependent on draft age. A more workable timeframe would probably be 10-11 years but I believe with more work, there could be something to the idea. The question is, though, what other compromises on both sides would be needed to get it done. In CBAs there is always give and take. What would each side be willing to concede? Would the players be willing to get rid of super two status and reduce arbitration to two years? Would the owners be willing to increase minimum pays for players operating under their first contacts (not free agents, you wouldn’t want to price them out) and, maybe, bump up AA and AAA pay?

Those are just a few thoughts. Any other ideas?

Jim Furtado Posted: September 08, 2018 at 10:25 AM | 41 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, cba, mlbpa, service time, vladimir guerrero jr.

Wednesday, September 05, 2018

MLBPA hires Bruce Meyer as lead negotiator

The Major League Baseball Players Association has hired longtime sports law attorney and litigator Bruce Meyer as senior director of collective bargaining and legal.

Meyer will focus on negotiation and enforcement of the collective bargaining agreement and report to MLBPA executive director Tony Clark, who announced the hire Monday. Meyer has advised players’ unions in basketball, football and hockey, most recently working the past two years under former MLBPA executive director Don Fehr with the NHL Players’ Association.

Master of the Horse Posted: September 05, 2018 at 08:26 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: mlbpa, union, wartimeconsigliere

 

 

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