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Saturday, December 14, 2019

Minors: MLB’s proposal a ‘shell game’ to yank 42 teams out of their communities - The San Diego Union-Tribune

With the advances in technology MLB teams don’t need as many minor leaguers. At the same time minor leaguers are getting paid crap. By consolidating their minor league systems teams can increase minor league pay by cutting expenses for teams and players they no longer need.

Minor league teams on the contraction list, on the other hand, aren’t happy with the prospect of losing MLB affiliations.  It will increase their costs.

Minor League Baseball also disputes Manfred’s claim that MLB subsidizes the minors “to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars” a year. MLB’s argument, Minor League Baseball’s memo says, overlooks the fact that $20 million a year is paid to the commissioner’s office each year in the form of a ticket tax, as required by the expiring PBA.

That amount, Minor League Baseball says, is equal to nearly 50 percent of player salaries below the Double-A level.

Minor League Baseball says its current annual expenses top $60 million in “cash, goods and services tied directly to players, coaches and staff.” This includes a portion of the bats and balls used, the costs for transportation and ballpark amenities, from batting cages to playing surface maintenance.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 14, 2019 at 07:41 AM | 8 comment(s)
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Major League Baseball threatens to create new minor league system - The Boston Globe

“If the National Association has an interest in an agreement with Major League Baseball, it must address the very significant issues with the current system at the bargaining table,” the statement read. “Otherwise, MLB Clubs will be free to affiliate with any minor league team or potential team in the United States, including independent league teams and cities which are not permitted to compete for an affiliate under the current agreement.”
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MLB’s statement went on to say: “But whatever the outcome, MLB has assured every public official who has contacted us that MLB will work diligently to preserve organized baseball in a compelling, fan-friendly format in every American city that currently has an affiliate. MILB has not made such a commitment, and even now multiple teams are actively trying to leave their communities for better deals elsewhere.”

Jim Furtado Posted: December 14, 2019 at 07:33 AM | 4 comment(s)
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