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Friday, August 22, 2014

BA (Badler): Seven Reasons Why MLB’s New International Rules Are Backward

Major League Baseball’s new rules… restrict [international] players from going to a team’s academy until either they turn 16 or until six months before they’re eligible (whichever comes first), and counts any visit to a team facility as one of the 30 days the player is allowed to be at the academy, regardless of whether the player stays there overnight.

The motivation behind the changes, it seems, is MLB’s desire to cut back on the extreme early agreements for players who can sign on July 2 that the industry has trended toward in the last year or so… Some teams last year agreed to deals with players at least 10 months in advance of July 2. The competition for younger players has only increased this year, with multiple teams already having agreements in place to sign players for July 2, 2015.

MLB’s goal to try to curb teams from being pushed to scout 14-year-olds and reach agreements with 15-year-olds a year before they’re eligible to sign is admirable and a worthwhile pursuit. Yet the way the commissioner’s office has gone about trying to fix that problem has only created more issues and a more imbalanced system that leaves teams and players worse off than they were before. Here’s why:

1. Less Opportunity To Evaluate…
2. Shots Fired At The DPL [Dominican Prospect League] And IPL [International Prospect League]...
3. Penalizes Younger Players…
4. Double Standard For Americans Vs. Latinos…
5. Condenses Schedule For Players…
6. Less Opportunity To Develop…
7. Who Benefits From These Rules?...
This perhaps is the best question to ask about the new regulations. They certainly don’t seem to give the players any advantage. And the teams now have fewer opportunities to see players, so it doesn’t help them either. The only party these rules seem to help is the commissioner’s office, which could potentially gain greater influence and control over the showcasing of amateur talent in Latin America.


The District Attorney Posted: August 22, 2014 at 12:33 PM | 6 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Cabbage Posted: August 22, 2014 at 01:48 PM (#4777229)
Some Chicago sports radio guys (Boers and Bernstein) were talking about this yesterday. Their sources inside the Cubs organization indicated great wailing and gnashing of teeth over these new rules.
   2. AROM Posted: August 22, 2014 at 02:01 PM (#4777254)
They should require players to be 18 or have a high school diploma before they can sign.
   3. SouthSideRyan Posted: August 22, 2014 at 02:13 PM (#4777269)
[1]Worse than that, they claimed they were outright being targeted, which is of course silly.
   4. Cargo Cultist Posted: August 22, 2014 at 03:43 PM (#4777347)
#2: Agreed.
   5. DL from MN Posted: August 22, 2014 at 04:43 PM (#4777400)
As long as they don't start extra innings with a runner on second
   6. puck Posted: August 23, 2014 at 11:15 AM (#4777682)
They should require players to be 18 or have a high school diploma before they can sign.

Why? I guess I've missed something, as I don't know why this part from the excerpt is a good idea as well:

MLB’s goal to try to curb teams from being pushed to scout 14-year-olds and reach agreements with 15-year-olds a year before they’re eligible to sign is admirable and a worthwhile pursuit

Soccer seems the closest sport to baseball when it comes to development (one supposedly has to start learning the skills when very young), and having young kids in the academy is generally how it's done.

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