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Thursday, December 12, 2019

Manfred: MLB `flexible’ on minor league cuts, irked by talks

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred countered outcry over Major League Baseball’s proposal to chop 42 farm teams by challenging the minors Wednesday to “move off the take-it-or-leave-it status quo approach” to their ongoing negotiations.

MLB and the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues are negotiating a minor league agreement to replace the contract expiring after the 2020 season. MLB has proposed cutting more than a quarter of its 160 affiliates, citing concerns over the quality of facilities, travel and salaries for players.

Minor League President Pat O’Conner delivered an impassioned speech defending the minors to team executives at these winter meetings, and fans from small towns across the country have been outraged to see their teams listed as being on the chopping block. Manfred has even been roasted on Twitter by presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.

Manfred said MLB “will remain flexible” in negotiations and is asking the NAPBL to do the same.

Every generation gets the Bowie Kuhn it deserves….


QLE Posted: December 12, 2019 at 01:14 AM | 6 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: contraction, manfred is thinking about it, minor leagues

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   1. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: December 12, 2019 at 06:31 AM (#5908014)
Every generation gets the Bowie Kuhn it deserves….

I knew Bowie Kuhn, Mr. Manfred, and you are no Bowie Kuhn.

There, I said it, and I'm not even showering. Mightly Manfred the Wonder Commissioner is batting about 0-100 so far.
   2. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: December 12, 2019 at 08:29 AM (#5908017)
Manfred said MLB “will remain flexible” in negotiations

To be fair, you have to be pretty flexible to shove your entire head up your own ass.
   3. Cris E Posted: December 12, 2019 at 09:30 AM (#5908038)
Flexible for me = When I decide what I want I'm going to head on over in that direction and get it.

Flexible for you = When I decide what I want I'm going to head on over in that direction and get it, please step aside.
   4. Rennie's Tenet Posted: December 12, 2019 at 10:14 AM (#5908053)
They might be able to get together a league of newly-signed college players with the players supplied as in the Arizona Fall League.

Mostly, though, the short-season leagues must be counter-productive now. Young pitchers aren't even taught to think in terms of games anymore - it's pitches and innings. Position players have to be introduced to the statistical basis of what they're expected to do. Bus rides and 80 games in a random environment isn't going to help with those things.
   5. JJ1986 Posted: December 12, 2019 at 12:31 PM (#5908154)
If someone asks if he can steal $1000 from me and I tell him no, I'm not going to counter with 'you can take $250, though.'
   6. "RMc", the superbatsman Posted: December 12, 2019 at 12:59 PM (#5908172)
"Irk" may be my all-time favourite word.

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