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Friday, September 17, 2021

Baseball Pension Tension

If you’re a former major league baseball player whose career extended past or began after 1980, you have it made even if you had nothing but the proverbial cup of coffee. All you needed from there was 43 days worth of time in the Show, and you vested for a major league pension. 

It gets better, too: all you needed from there was one day’s Showtime and you qualified for health benefits.

There’s only one thing wrong with that pension realignment. If you had such a short major league career that ended before 1980, you got three things: jack, diddley, and squat. ...

The reasons why Qualls, Clyde, Denehy, Gaspar, Pfeil, and the rest of the remaining 600+ short-career, frozen-out players had short careers vary. What most have in common otherwise is that they weren’t just September call-ups, the excuse several of those players have told me was used as a big part of the reason they got frozen out in the first place.

As if it should matter. You get 43 Show days, you should be in, whether you came up the first time in April or September.

“I love baseball,” Gaspar told me last November. “I don’t like what they’ve done with the pension, eliminating guys who didn’t have the four full years, there’s a lot of guys out there who are hurting.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 17, 2021 at 10:37 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: mlbpa

Wednesday, September 01, 2021

MLB makes new service time proposal to players union

Major League Baseball, as part of its proposal to the players’ association last month, offered to curtail the impact of service time by creating a formula to disperse $1 billion to all arbitration-eligible players and make free agency universal at 29 ¹/₂ years of age, The Post has learned.

The sides met in person on Aug. 16 in Denver. Not all elements of the plan have become public and it is difficult to gauge the full impact of a proposal without understanding how all the details play off one another. Both sides refused to comment on what The Post had learned.

In its proposal addressing service time, MLB was, at minimum, looking to address the union’s concern about service-time manipulation. Players reach arbitration and free agency based on their service, and teams have held back players deserving of promotion to the majors to slow the clock from moving toward those money-making levels.

Right now, all players who reach six years of service can be free agents and all who reach three years plus the top 22 percent in service time between two and three years (Super Twos) are eligible for arbitration.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 01, 2021 at 10:10 PM | 27 comment(s)
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