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Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Sources: MiLB Ready To Agree To Significant Reduction In Teams

An update on a long-standing topic:

When Major League Baseball proposed to Minor League Baseball last year its plan to cut the minor leagues from 160 teams to 120 affiliated teams in negotiations for a new Professional Baseball Agreement, such a proposal was greeted by many MiLB teams as unthinkable.

The world has changed dramatically over the past six months, especially now that the coronavirus pandemic has halted sports. When MLB and MiLB negotiators convene on a teleconference on Wednesday, multiple sources with knowledge of the negotiations say MiLB will indicate that it agrees to 120 affiliated teams in a new PBA.

Such a concession by MiLB could be a clear step toward a deal. MiLB has now agreed to find ways to come to agreement on almost all of MLB’s public demands. Now the open question is whether MLB will be willing to accept the concession as a foundation for a potential deal.

According to a source with insight into the thinking of both parties, MLB and MiLB have already found common ground on a number of the major outstanding issues that MLB deputy commissioner Dan Halem laid out publicly in a letter to members of Congress last November.

 

QLE Posted: April 22, 2020 at 12:48 AM | 5 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: contraction, minor leagues

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   1. winnipegwhip Posted: April 22, 2020 at 10:14 AM (#5942992)
Such a desire may lead MiLB teams to agree to a plan which would allow MLB to take over control of the governance of the minors, a possibility Ballpark Digest first reported last week.

If that happens, it would allow MLB to exert more direct control over all aspects of the minors, eliminating some of the governance issues that have bothered MLB in the past.


Does this open up the Minor Leagues to be part of the collective bargaining agreement in the future? The draft is already tied to the CBA and the players will always concede to that to get other concessions. What about the minors? Will they negotiate better minimum wage for the minor leaguers? Or will they screw them over? It may be a big hammer the MLBPA could use in the future but will they use it to benefit the game or line the pockets of the top 20% of players?
   2. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: April 22, 2020 at 10:36 AM (#5943000)
What about the minors? Will they negotiate better minimum wage for the minor leaguers? Or will they screw them over? It may be a big hammer the MLBPA could use in the future but will they use it to benefit the game or line the pockets of the top 20% of players?
I'm pretty sure we already know the answers to all of these questions, but I appreciate your optimism in asking them.
   3. Starring RMc as Bradley Scotchman Posted: April 22, 2020 at 03:44 PM (#5943138)
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   4. Starring RMc as Bradley Scotchman Posted: April 22, 2020 at 03:45 PM (#5943139)
MiLB Ready To Agree To Significant Reduction In Teams

Like, say, down to zero.
   5. QLE Posted: April 23, 2020 at 01:22 AM (#5943314)

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