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Monday, August 17, 2020

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Not so fast, my friend! Earlier this year, as MLB and the players were in the midst of their interminable arguing, the league was threatening to cancel the draft. The chief proponent of that, sources said, was Colorado Rockies owner Dick Montfort, who is part of the league’s powerful labor-policy committee.

The draft wound up being cut from 40 rounds to five, and the signing bonuses for players were put on a two-year payment plan with only $100,000 maximum given up front. With every drafted player signing, they were added to their teams’ rosters and joined the thousands of other minor leagues who are being paid a stipend of around $400 a week through the end of August.

Well, except for the Rockies. Their 2020 draft picks are not receiving the $400 a week. One Rockies employee, when asked why, said: “Our owner.”

The players who signed in late June/early July would’ve been in line for about nine weeks of pay—or $3,600. Instead of spending another $21,600 to welcome his newest crop of players into the organization, Montfort chose to make a point. And that point is that he values his principles, wrongheaded though they may be, over his players.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 17, 2020 at 01:54 PM | 3 comment(s)
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