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MLB bans playing in Venezuela amid Trump order

Major League Baseball has banned all affiliated players from participating in the Venezuela winter league this season, a response intended to comply with President Donald Trump’s embargo against the country’s Nicolas Maduro-led government.

“MLB has been in contact with the relevant government agencies regarding the Executive Order issued by President Trump on Venezuela,” the league said in a statement. “MLB will fully adhere to the policies implemented by our government. With respect to the Venezuela Winter League, MLB will suspend its involvement in that league until it receives direction from the relevant agencies that participation by affiliated players is consistent with the Executive Order.”

The potential repercussions of the prohibition, which prevents major league and minor league players from joining the 75-year-old Liga Venezolana de Beísbol Profesional (LVBP), could be significant. Multiple sources told ESPN they feared the ban would warp the heretofore strong bond between MLB and Venezuela and spawn a situation similar to that of Cuba, another embargoed country whose complicated relationship with the league has festered for decades.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 23, 2019 at 09:45 AM | 8 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. bookbook Posted: August 23, 2019 at 05:01 PM (#5873863)
thus is going to be one of the most difficult “no politics” threads to maintain.
   2. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: August 23, 2019 at 05:10 PM (#5873870)
Major League Baseball has banned all affiliated players from participating in the Venezuela winter league this season


How is that going to work for players who are actually from Venezuela, like Francisco Cervelli?
   3. Jose Is Absurdly Chatty Posted: August 23, 2019 at 05:15 PM (#5873874)
How is that going to work for players who are actually from Venezuela, like Francisco Cervelli?


How does it work now? (I really don't know). I assume there is some kind of working agreement between MLB and the various Caribbean leagues that cover all sorts of things (injuries, insurance, stuff I'm not thinking of) and presumably this is all governed by the CBA so if say Cervelli wants to play in Venezuela he would be in violation of the CBA and subject to penalties. My first guess would be the player's visa might be in some jeopardy if he did this but IANAL.
   4. vortex of dissipation Posted: August 23, 2019 at 06:54 PM (#5873906)
Can MLB stop players who play for the Toronto Blue Jays and aren't US citizens from playing in Venezuela?
   5. Bote Man Posted: August 23, 2019 at 07:45 PM (#5873921)
Does MLB hereby rule over minor league players? MLB doesn't pay them (directly) and the MLBPA doesn't represent them, so what authority does MLB have to order them not to play in Venezuela?
   6. Jose Is Absurdly Chatty Posted: August 23, 2019 at 07:54 PM (#5873925)
4 - If it’s part of the CBA I assume there is some kind of control.

Didn’t the Blue Jays try to get some Cuban star to play home games only for them back in the 90s?
   7. Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: August 23, 2019 at 09:07 PM (#5873953)
Can MLB stop players who play for the Toronto Blue Jays and aren't US citizens from playing in Venezuela?

Suddenly, every U.S. municipality's jock tax will include a 20% "disloyal tax".
   8. Walt Davis Posted: August 23, 2019 at 11:58 PM (#5874027)
#5 ... pretty sure it's just part of their indentured servitude to Organized Baseball.

As I read it, Venezuelan players can of course go home over the winter, they just won't be allowed to play. But I doubt MLB would really fight anybody who did so -- and it may be legally unclear for FAs or maybe retired players who are coaches. But why would a player want to go against MLB on this? I suppose the DSL might see a substantial uptick in talent.

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