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Rosenthal: Royals’ GM Moore seething over union’s stance on 40-man roster camps [$]

Royals catcher Salvador Peréz missed the entire 2019 season while recovering from Tommy John surgery, about half of spring training 2.0 after testing positive for COVID-19 and nearly four weeks during the season because of a fluid-filled particle in his left eye.

So when the Royals offered players the chance to remain in Kansas City for a training camp at Kauffman Stadium after the conclusion of the 2020 season, Peréz was eager for the extra work, according to a source with knowledge of the thinking. In fact, 24 of the players on the Royals’ 40-man roster said they wanted to participate, general manager Dayton Moore said.

But two memos from the Players Association, both of which were obtained by The Athletic, said the union was unwilling to grant consent for a camp that would run counter to the sport’s collective bargaining agreement. The decision left Moore seething that players who want to continue honing their craft by working directly with their organization will not get that chance…..

Moore said he heard from agents the union would allow the Royals to hold their camp for 40-man players if they continued paying them full salaries rather then proceed with a plan to house them at hotels, feed them at the ballpark and pay them $50 per day in meal money as well. Neither of the union’s memos to agents mentioned the PA changing its position if players received full salaries.

The first memo, sent to agents of players on the Royals’ 40-man roster in mid-September, said the team could not conduct a camp after the season without the union’s consent. The second memo, sent to all agents on Tuesday night, said the union had informed the commissioner’s office it would not grant permission for clubs to include 40-man players in such camps.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 24, 2020 at 08:55 AM | 8 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Walt Davis Posted: September 24, 2020 at 06:33 PM (#5978582)
It's been a while since I looked at the UPC copy floating around the intertubes but I'm pretty sure it is clear on obligatory dates. The contract covers spring training, the championship season and may restrict some off-season activitiees. Of course you can't have players work outside the terms of their contracts and it was silly of the Royals to try this without union consent. Sounds like labor law 101. As to whether the union would allow it "if players received full salaries" ... that's not the union's decision, there's no contract to enforce there, something needs to be negotiated. The player signed for $X for a "championship season" (with obligations around spring training, etc.), there's no clause of "and if the team and player agree, the player can continue to work out with the team at full salary with each calendar day treated as the equivalent of a service day in terms of pay but not in terms of service time." (If Royals/MLB agreed to pay full salary, I suspect it would be a very quick negotiation.)

The Royals pay rate here is room, board (is that all 3 meals at the ballpark or just one?) and about $17,000 per year. I wouldn't work for that.
   2. McCoy Posted: September 24, 2020 at 06:38 PM (#5978584)
Why can't a player just use the facilities and resources provided? Were the royals trying to do some sort of organized contractual thing?

I seen to recall hearing about players using team resources in the off season all the time.
   3. Zach Posted: September 24, 2020 at 07:06 PM (#5978588)
The irony is that the Royals did commit very early on to paying everybody a full salary for a year of no baseball.

I can see why the Union doesn't want to let teams coerce minor leaguers into a "voluntary" postseason training camp. But if anybody has been on the side of the angels during the whold Covid situation, it's Dayton Moore.
   4. McCoy Posted: September 24, 2020 at 08:24 PM (#5978601)
The Royals don't have to coerce minor leaguers. They can just tell them to do it.
   5. Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: September 24, 2020 at 09:39 PM (#5978612)
"honing their craft" is the same excuse for minor leaguers making 3 bucks an hour.

this is america.
   6. Red Voodooin Posted: September 25, 2020 at 10:11 AM (#5978688)
I can see why the Union doesn't want to let teams coerce minor leaguers into a "voluntary" postseason training camp.

The union doesn't give a #### about minor leaguers.
   7. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: September 25, 2020 at 10:25 AM (#5978691)
The union doesn't give a #### about minor leaguers.

They're not allowed to. Any union that put the interests of non-members over members would be out of business.
   8. Rally Posted: September 25, 2020 at 10:33 AM (#5978694)
But if anybody has been on the side of the angels during the whold Covid situation, it's Dayton Moore.

Eh, I think I'd rather see them hire Dombrowski.

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