There is Power in a Major League Baseball Players Union

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there should be a union thread, but mainly because i just came across george will predictably being a prick in a review of marvin miller's book:

Sore Winner : A WHOLE DIFFERENT BALLGAME: The Sport and Business of Baseball, By Marvin Miller

mookieproof, Sunday, 2 October 2016 02:31 (two years ago) link

I think, instinctively, that unions are one of the main reasons why north american leagues are that much better than european leagues.

Van Horn Street, Monday, 3 October 2016 22:16 (two years ago) link

Also, great find Mooks, I always love reading George Will, even though yes he is a prick/most of the time I don't agree with him.

Van Horn Street, Monday, 3 October 2016 22:17 (two years ago) link

two months pass...

part of the new CBA: the top 50 draft-eligible pitchers will be given the 'opportunity' to have 'voluntary' free MRIs on their arms

mookieproof, Friday, 9 December 2016 15:02 (two years ago) link

one month passes...
two months pass...

marvin miller, born 100 years ago today

mookieproof, Friday, 14 April 2017 17:37 (two years ago) link

four months pass...
five months pass...

I’ve noticed a ton of writers siding very strongly with the players this offseason. Do you think this will rally public support around the players in the next CBA? Do you think you guys have the power to actually change things, or do you view what you’re doing simply as reporting the facts of the baseball world as you see them? Either way, I’m rooting for you.

Travis Sawchik:
I think having the media craft a player-favorable narrative doesn’t hurt. Having the public in your corner is important … And I think the media has generally been reporting/stating facts and that is that free agency is broken and it’s a great time to be an owner. I think that’s objectively true.

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 14 February 2018 17:11 (one year ago) link

Any antitrust case is really about whether or not the market at the core of the industry you’re suing about is competitive. So when Manfred says that the market is dictating what players are receiving, that’s an admission. Think about it: if the numbers show that contract values are down, that players are receiving fewer years and less money, and that fewer players are signing, with all else equal, then something in the market must have changed. And here is Manfred, confirming that the market is to blame. Even worse, that line about the players’ demands not making sense is basically telling the players to accept this new reality because that’s just the way it is.

mookieproof, Friday, 16 February 2018 16:17 (one year ago) link

Manfred's pesona is slowly bending Bowie Kuhnward

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Friday, 16 February 2018 16:22 (one year ago) link


ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Friday, 16 February 2018 16:22 (one year ago) link

The MLB Players Association filed a grievance on Friday against the Rays, Marlins, A’s, and Pirates for not complying with revenue sharing rules.

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 28 February 2018 15:25 (one year ago) link

three weeks pass...

sneaking a "you don't have to pay baseball players" law into the omnibus is obviously shameful yes but maybe a bunch of white minor league guys will get super radicalized now

— Official Centrism (@pareene) March 22, 2018

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 22 March 2018 16:32 (one year ago) link

*me watching the contradictions* they are heightened... they are far.... they are GONE

— Official Centrism (@pareene) March 22, 2018

mookieproof, Thursday, 22 March 2018 17:12 (one year ago) link

one year passes...

Every year in a private meeting, MLB hands out “The Belt” — a replica wrestling belt — to the team that did the most to keep player salaries down in arbitration. @MarcCarig on arbitration as the next front in baseball’s strained labor relations:

— The Athletic MLB (@TheAthleticMLB) March 29, 2019

mookieproof, Friday, 29 March 2019 14:19 (four months ago) link

has Jeter received it?

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Friday, 29 March 2019 16:20 (four months ago) link

re Acuna, an EW listener on FB asks,

"If every major star is locked up to a long-term extension before the CBA expires, does that increase or decrease the likelihood of a work stoppage?"

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 2 April 2019 16:56 (four months ago) link

it does feel like extension fever is teams scrambling to be able to say "see? we pay players!" when negotiations roll around

na (NA), Tuesday, 2 April 2019 17:20 (four months ago) link

three months pass...

MLBPA Exec Dir Tony Clark: "We are interested in restoring meaningful free agency." Union is beginning an unprecedented round of mid-term bargaining with the league. Uncertainty as to where those talks go.

— Eric Fisher (@EricFisherSBG) July 9, 2019

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 9 July 2019 16:58 (one month ago) link

Tony Clark, President of MLBPA, told reporters that eliminating the MLB Draft is on the table in CBA negotiations.

— Josh Nelson (@soxmachine_josh) July 9, 2019

i guess tony's opening position will be asking for the moon

mookieproof, Tuesday, 9 July 2019 17:14 (one month ago) link

Stephanie Apstein in SI:

“I think we have unknowingly conceded a lot,” said Rays righty Charlie Morton. “Maybe not unknowingly. Maybe that’s the wrong word. You can read the CBA. You can know what’s in there. When you hear it, it sounds nice. And then three years later, you’re like, What did we just do? And now everybody’s pretty upset.”

This is not a fair fight. Players association head Tony Clark oversees 750 constituents who are aggrieved and cannot agree on why. Commissioner Rob Manfred is responsible for 30 ownership groups whose interests are simple and largely aligned: Make and keep as much money as possible.

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 11 July 2019 20:48 (one month ago) link

oh, you want to eliminate the draft? how about instead we double it

mookieproof, Thursday, 25 July 2019 20:25 (three weeks ago) link

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