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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen has kissed Rob Manfred’s ring

Let’s take a trip back to early last February. The hot stove season was as cold as ice. Despite spring training being less than two weeks away, scores of players remained unsigned and rumblings emerged that, perhaps, collusion was to blame.

The players were frustrated and there were reports that they were approaching the union to ask what, if anything, they could do about it. Some suggested some sort of wildcat strike or work slowdown or whatever. None of that seemed feasible or legal, but guys were getting desperate. And not just players. One agent, Brodie Van Wagenen of CAA, took to Twitter to suggest something novel along these lines: a potential spring training boycott

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There was a lot more to that — Van Wagenen issued a whole statement attached to his tweet taking the owners to task and clearly implying that he believed the owners were acting less-than-scrupulously — but I can’t remember what it said and I can’t check because, at some point between then and now, Van Wagenen deleted it.

“And this is why having agents become general managers is a terrible idea!”

 

 

QLE Posted: November 15, 2018 at 11:46 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: brodie van wagenen, chicken, rob manfred

Sunday, November 11, 2018

MLB owners expected to unanimously approve extension for Rob Manfred next week, report says

MLB owners are soon expected to vote on a new five-year term for commissioner of baseball Rob Manfred, reports USA Today’s Bob Nightengale.

To get a contract extension, Manfred will need “yes” votes from a simple majority of team owners (i.e., at least 16 of 30). However, Nightengale reports that Manfred is expected to receive unanimous support among owners when they meet in Atlanta next week.

Manfred, 60, has served in the role since January of 2015, when he succeeded Bud Selig and became the 10th commissioner of baseball. Prior to his election, Manfred served for many years as MLB’s COO and Selig’s lead negotiator.

There’s no chance that the owners will claim that they’re thinking about this subject and then ultimately do nothing, is there?

QLE Posted: November 11, 2018 at 06:56 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: commissioner, owners, rob manfred

Friday, November 09, 2018

No MLB rule changes likely until eve of spring training

CARLSBAD, CALIF.- Major League Baseball and its players’ union likely will not decide until the eve of spring training whether to change rules in an effort to increase action on the field next year.

Deputy Commissioner Dan Halem said Thursday as the annual general managers’ meetings ended that there was no consensus for change yet. More discussions will take place when owners gather next week in Atlanta, the union’s executive board convenes in late November and major league executives go to Las Vegas for the winter meetings in mid-December.

Topics being discussed include the increased use of defensive shifts, the decrease in innings thrown by starting pitchers and technology that aids sign stealing. A possible 20-second pitch clock and alterations to rules for waivers, trade deadlines and disabled lists also are being talked about by a tradition-bound sport resistant to change.

It does give Rob Manfred another few months to consider more terrible ideas and ignore good ones….

QLE Posted: November 09, 2018 at 07:55 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: rob manfred, rule changes, still considering

 

 

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