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Tuesday, May 26, 2020

MLB owners sending latest plan to MLBPA that includes sliding pay scale for players

The plan, three persons with knowledge of the proposal told USA TODAY Sports, does not include the same 50-50 revenue-sharing split the owners agreed on two weeks ago that was never submitted to the union. The three people spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity since they were not authorized to speak publicly due to ongoing negotiations.

The proposal instead includes a sliding scale of compensation, with players earning the most taking the biggest cuts and those earning the least receiving most of their guaranteed salaries.

It remains uncertain how much money the players will be yielding in this proposal, based on no fans in attendance for an 82-game season, after already agreeing to be paid on a pro-rated basis, reducing their pay by almost 50%.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 26, 2020 at 07:28 PM | 88 comment(s)
  Beats: mlbpa

Sunday, May 17, 2020

AP: MLB Projects $640k Per Game Loss With No Fans

The New York Yankees alone would have $312 million in local losses when calculating their earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization. New York’s figure includes about $100 million toward the bonds that financed new Yankee Stadium, money that already has been paid for 2020.

The Los Angeles Dodgers were at $232 million in local losses, followed by the New York Mets at $214 million, Chicago Cubs at $199 million and Boston Red Sox at $188 million.

Detroit would have the lowest negative EBIDTA — an accounting measure used to assess profitability — at $84 million, with Baltimore at $90 million, and Pittsburgh and Tampa Bay at $91 million each. Figures exclude distributions from the central office, which projects to collect $1.34 billion in media revenue.

The figures were calculated by MLB and its clubs, and the frequently skeptical union already has requested a slew of documents from MLB.

MLB said 2019 revenue was 39% local gate and other in-park sources, followed by 25% central revenue, 22% local media, 11% sponsorship and 4% other.

Lowry Seasoning Salt Posted: May 17, 2020 at 05:14 PM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: coronavirus, mlb, mlbpa

Monday, May 11, 2020

JMLB 2020 season threatened by compensation, DH rule possible

Joel Sherman’s take.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 11, 2020 at 09:28 AM | 64 comment(s)
  Beats: 2020 season, mlbpa

Will issue of players’ salaries cancel MLB season? | Newsday

As for the debate over a revised salary structure, the genesis of that can be found in the March 26 agreement struck between MLB and the Players Association, which granted a full year’s credit of service time — even if the season is canceled — and a $170 million advance on salaries through the end of May. The latter was critical because of the fact that players’ contracts were suspended once President Trump declared a national emergency.

The agreement also called for players to be paid on a prorated basis depending on the number of games played once the season did resume. Given that MLB’s current proposal calls for roughly 81 games, for example, that would mean a player signed to a $10 million deal for this season would earn $5 million.

At issue, however, is the accompanying clause that states: “The office of the commissioner and players association will discuss in good faith the economic feasibility of playing games in the absence of spectators or at appropriate substitute neutral sites.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 11, 2020 at 09:24 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: 2020 season, mlbpa

Friday, April 17, 2020

Opinion: Union chief Tony Clark still optimistic MLB will play games in some way in 2020

Tony Clark, sitting in his Phoenix-area home Wednesday morning, looks at his cellphone, sees Jackie Robinson’s picture as his screen saver, and reads the immortal words again.

“A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.’’

Clark, executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association, recognizes and embraces his vital responsibility during this coronavirus pandemic that has shut down baseball and the rest of the sports world.

He impacts not only the lives of his own three children but also every professional baseball player, from Mike Trout to kids his 17-year-old son’s age. They’re relying on his guidance, wisdom and support at an unprecedented time.

 

QLE Posted: April 17, 2020 at 01:10 AM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: 2020 season, mlbpa, tony clark

Saturday, April 04, 2020

MLBPA Approves Assistance Program For Non-Roster Players With Prior MLB Service

The Major League Baseball Players Association on Friday approved a program intended to provide supplemental income to non-roster players with prior Major League service time, per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic (Twitter links) and Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports (Twitter links).

Under the newly implemented program, players with at least a day of MLB service time who were in Major League camp on a non-roster deal as of March 13 will be eligible to receive anywhere from $5,000 (less than one year of service) to $50,000 (six-plus years) depending on their level of prior experience. The program, entitled the MLBPA Financial Assistance Program, is aimed at previous big leaguers who were not covered under last week’s $170MM settlement that would be paid out in the event of a canceled season because they’re not currently on a 40-man roster. It’s an optional program, per both Rosenthal and Brown, meaning that those with ample financial security may choose not to opt in.

 

QLE Posted: April 04, 2020 at 01:11 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: assistance, mlbpa, non-roster invitees

Thursday, April 02, 2020

This Day in Sports History: MLB Players Go on Their First Strike

In the long history of Major League Baseball, there have been eight work stoppages. Most were relatively unsubstantial: Five of the eight resulted in no games missed, with the 1985 players’ strike lasting a mere two days from Aug. 6-7.

Others have been more consequential. The infamous 1994 strike stands out among the rest, as it resulted in the cancellation of the playoffs and World Series. When the next work stoppage will occur is anybody’s guess, but the first will always be the 13-day players’ strike that began on April 1, 1972.

The MLB Players Association wasn’t even six years old heading into the 1972 campaign. But with the expiration of the league’s three-year pension agreement imminent, an opportunity existed for the players to take some control over labor negotiations.

The players were requesting increases to ownership’s pension contributions, which the owners were set against. Amid talk of a strike, owners did not take the players’ threats seriously—at this point, there had never been a work stoppage before, and the MLBPA had yet to demonstrate any meaningful bargaining power.

The story of a strike, in brief form.

 

QLE Posted: April 02, 2020 at 01:45 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: history, mlbpa, strikes

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

MLB, MLBPA give $1M to help feed the hungry

The coronavirus pandemic has created a threat of a different sort: Hunger. With public schools closing across the country and people isolating themselves at home, those in need have increased difficulty getting food.

As announced on Monday, Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association have teamed up to help ease that burden with a combined $1 million donation that will be split evenly between Feeding America (FeedingAmerica.org) and Meals on Wheels America (MealsonWheelsAmerica.org).

“In these difficult times of navigating this pandemic, it is important that we come together as a society to help the most vulnerable members of our communities,” Commissioner Rob Manfred said in a release. “As an institution, Baseball is extending our commitment to addressing childhood hunger and food availability issues during this crisis. We are grateful for the partnership with our players on this critical issue, which has the potential to deeply affect children and seniors.”

Feeding America will distribute funds to local member food banks in high-need areas across the United States to help feed children and families impacted by school closures and other disruptions.

 

QLE Posted: March 17, 2020 at 12:35 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: charity, mlb, mlbpa

Friday, March 06, 2020

MLBPA files another grievance against the Pirates

Two years ago, the MLB Players Association filed a grievance against four teams: the Pirates, Athletics, Marlins, and Rays. The union claimed that the clubs failed to comply with rules regarding how they spend their revenue sharing money.

From 2017 to ’18, the Pirates’ Opening Day payroll declined by $9.5 million, from $86.3 to $74.8 million. The Athletics and Marlins had even bigger declines, but the Pirates have continued to slash payroll. As of right now, they are projected to open the regular season with a payroll of about $51 million. Biertempfel notes that the Pirates’ current payroll is about the same was it was eight years ago and ranks as the third-lowest in baseball.

No chance that this dispute can be resolved through feats of strength, is there?

 

QLE Posted: March 06, 2020 at 12:46 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: grievances, mlbpa, pirates

Thursday, March 05, 2020

MLB wants to ban in-game video, union would allow

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Major League Baseball has proposed banning player access to video during games, according to New York Yankees pitcher Zack Britton, but the union wants to allow it with protections that would prevent catchers’ signs from being visible.

Players’ association head Tony Clark met with the Yankees for three hours Wednesday and discussed negotiations for new video rules in the wake of the Houston Astros’ sign-stealing scandal.

“Right now, MLB’s proposal would be like a blackout. There would be no access,” Britton said. “That’s a pretty extreme stance because of one team, that everyone else is punished. So, hopefully, we can find some common ground, but definitely before opening day. Guys would like to understand what we’re going to be allowed to use and what we’re not going to be allowed to use before opening day.”

Houston violated rules by using a camera in the outfield to steal catchers’ signs during its run to the 2017 World Series title and again in 2018. The team was fined $5 million, manager AJ Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow were suspended for one season and the team was stripped of draft picks. Hinch and Luhnow were fired by the team, but no players were disciplined.

But why do you need to review the footage during the game? Shouldn’t you be busy actually playing the game?

 

QLE Posted: March 05, 2020 at 01:20 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, mlbpa, video

Thursday, February 20, 2020

A Union Divided: Astros Cheating Scandal Rocks MLB Players Association

As each day passes, the electronic sign-stealing scandal in Major League Baseball proves more irritating to those impacted by it. This is especially true for players, who are all members of the same union, the Major League Baseball Players Association. They have become increasingly willing to publicly condemn fellow union members who played for the Astros in 2017 and who engaged in a form of cheating that has elicited widespread disgust.

Astros players engineered a plot that mixed modern technology with crude sounds. Players and team officials covertly used a camera in the center field area of Houston’s Minute Maid Park. The camera recorded opposing teams’ catcher signals to the pitcher. It then transmitted images over to the Astros’ replay room. The images revealed predictive patterns as to the intended pitch type. The patterns were then shared with those in the Astros dugout and conveyed to batters through coded bangs on a trash can. The plot was so effective that the Astros won the 2017 World Series.

Revisiting the curious logic of Rob Manfred’s decision to not punish guilty players

Despite Astros players’ guilt in what MLB has termed a mostly “player-driven” scheme, commissioner Rob Manfred declined to punish any of the guilty players. Manfred instead gave them immunity in exchange for their cooperation and willingness to share information.

This was surprising on at least four levels.

Some comments on a scandal from a labor-law perspective- which, at the least, is a different one than the usual ones we’ve seen.

 

QLE Posted: February 20, 2020 at 12:42 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: dirty rotten cheaters, mlbpa

Monday, February 17, 2020

Disciplining Astros not as easy for MLB as Altuve revealing a tattoo

If only there was a strong Commissioner and no MLBPA, the players complaining about no player discipline would get the justice they are craving.

Some of their union leadership need to educate its body a little better on union/contract protections.

Even more crucial would be the aforementioned lack of notice. Four labor lawyers with first-hand knowledge of the grievance process agreed: the lack of notice from the Astros to their players would have made any case pursued by the league practically DOA. Yes, grievance hearings do now and again end with surprising results, but the probability tilted significantly toward any potential suspension being overturned, the lawyers said.

Facing that reality, the league made a value judgment: It would offer the players immunity in hopes of gathering the full story of the Astros’ sign-stealing exploits and rely upon the details of Manfred’s report to bend the public toward the idea that the league had sought and delivered justice.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 17, 2020 at 10:11 PM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, mlbpa, sign stealing

Saturday, February 15, 2020

MLBPA, league discussing methods to fight electronic sign-stealing

Ken Rosenthal and Evan Drellich report that MLB and the MLB Players Association are in discussions on new rules to combat electronic sign-stealing. The talks come in the wake of a winter dominated by the revelations that the Astros cheated by using tech to steal signs on their way to winning the 2017 World Series, and widespread speculation that the cheating continued in one way or another into the 2019 season.

Nationals ace Max Scherzer, a prominent figure within the MLBPA and Washington’s union rep, is one of the players taking a leading role in the talks. He spoke with Rosenthal in an interview on MLB Network about the players’ goals for the new rules. Scherzer made it clear that while he takes no issue with players using the video room during games to things like analyze their swings, he has a problem with the implementation of algorithms like the Astros’ Codebreaker system. The three-time Cy Young Award winner also stated that he feels that there are too many cameras on the field.

The discussion of new rules about the proper use of video is a much-needed step for a sport that has seen its credibility damaged by cheating. While the complicated nature of the issue may prevent new rules from going into place before the start of the season, the mere fact that they’re being talked about at all is a plus. Having a universally respected player like Scherzer as the public face of the initiative is also a boon.

As always, my apologies for not using the referenced and paywalled article.

 

QLE Posted: February 15, 2020 at 12:50 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, mlbpa, sign-stealing

Friday, February 14, 2020

MLB, MLBPA make 2nd $1M donation to Negro Leagues Museum

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Major League Baseball celebrated the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Negro National League by joining with the Major League Baseball Players Association to announce their second joint $1 million donation to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum,

“It commemorates baseball history, and it’s a tribute to African-American entrepreneurship in the culture that existed at the time,” baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said Thursday.

The privately financed museum was founded in 1990 and moved into its current facility in 1994. The Negro National League, the first Negro major league, was founded by eight entrepreneurs at the Paseo YMCA in the eastern part of Kansas City.

Part of the donation will be used to help renovate the YMCA building that will house the Buck O’Neil Education and Research Center. The museum had spent more than $100,000 on the renovation when the building was damaged in 2018.

 

 

QLE Posted: February 14, 2020 at 01:05 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: charity, mlb, mlbpa, negro league baseball museum

Saturday, February 08, 2020

Tony Clark says held-up Mookie Betts trade putting ‘players’ lives in state of limbo’

Tonight, on As The Mookie Turns:

The Major League Baseball Players Association had a strong message Friday for the teams involved in the held-up Mookie Betts blockbuster deal: Resolve it quickly.

Those were the words of executive director Tony Clark, who in a statement told the teams to conclude talks or move on.

“The proposed trades between the Dodgers, Red Sox, Twins, and Angels need to be resolved without further delay,” Clark said. “The events of this last week have unfairly put several Players’ lives in a state of limbo. The unethical leaking of medical information as well as the perversion of the salary arbitration process serve as continued reminders that too often Players are treated as commodities by those running the game.”

The blockbuster three-way trade, sources previously told ESPN, would send Red Sox right fielder Betts and starter David Price to the Dodgers; Dodgers outfielder Alex Verdugo and Twins pitching prospect Brusdar Graterol to the Red Sox; and Dodgers starter Kenta Maeda to the Twins.

 

QLE Posted: February 08, 2020 at 12:42 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mlbpa, mookie betts, tony clark, trades

Saturday, January 18, 2020

MLB releases statement clearing Angels’ Mike Trout after HGH accusation

Major League Baseball and the union issued a joint statement on Friday afternoon saying that no player has ever received an exemption to use Human Growth Hormone, reacting to a rumor about Angels All-Star Mike Trout that seeped into social media a day earlier.

While not using Trout’s name, the statement was clearly a reaction to a Thursday Instagram post – that was deleted and then retracted – alleging that Trout had received MLB approval to use HGH because of a thyroid condition.

MLB grants about 100 Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUEs) every year, allowing players to use otherwise banned substances for legitimate medical purposes. The vast majority of them are stimulants that are prescribed to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

So, anyone have any wild and unsubstantiated rumors they wish to make up now?

 

QLE Posted: January 18, 2020 at 12:39 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: mike trout, mlb, mlbpa, rumors

Friday, January 17, 2020

MLB, union: $3M to domestic violence, mental health programs

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball and the players’ union announced a $3 million grant program Thursday to support organizations that advocate for positive mental health, relationship skills and survivors of domestic violence.

U.S.-based nonprofit and global non-governmental organizations can apply over the next two years for grants up to $50,000. MLB team charities and big league players can apply for up to $25,000 in a gift-matching component of the program.

Something is decidedly off when this is what’s passing for positive news.

 

QLE Posted: January 17, 2020 at 12:39 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: domestic violence, mental health, mlb, mlbpa

Saturday, December 21, 2019

Report: MLBPA Files Grievance Against Yankees over Jacoby Ellsbury’s Contract

The Major League Baseball Players Association has reportedly filed a grievance on behalf of former New York Yankees outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury.

According to Ronald Blum of the Associated Press, the MLBPA filed the grievance in an effort to regain $26 million it believes is still due to Ellsbury. In November, the Yankees converted his seven-year, $153 million contract to a non-guaranteed one and then released him because they said he received unauthorized medical treatment from Dr. Viktor Bouquette of Progressive Medical Center in Atlanta, per Blum.

Ellsbury believes he didn’t need permission from the team to receive treatment for a non-baseball-related injury or condition.

Blum noted arbitrator Mark Irvings is expected to hear the grievance unless there is a settlement. He is the same arbitrator who will decide on the service time grievance filed on behalf of Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant.

Well, Festivus is almost upon us…..

 

QLE Posted: December 21, 2019 at 12:36 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: grievances, jacoby ellsbury, mlbpa

 

 

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