Bud in TN
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There is a very terrible story about how the Jackson Generals snookered Jackson out of money – more than $1M a year for almost a decade for an AA team! – with a secret agreement between the Mayor and the team (yes, without even the City Council’s knowledge).
(Incidentally, as part of the secret agreement, the team changed their name from the really-cool West Tennessee Diamond Jaxx to the very-pedestrian Jackson Generals, apparently simply because the mayor liked the name better).
Eventually this came to light and the State Auditor wrote a scathing report and how they would have recommended stiff penalties, like even suspension from office. Unfortunately, the then-mayor never actually took money from the till himself (who knows if he got a kickback) and so he was not technically doing anything illegal, just unethical/inappropriate, and he had retired (heh) so nothing happened.
But what’s really sad is that when the current Mayor appropriately kicked out the Generals when they lost their AA designation, a whole lot of people got mad at the mayor, not the Generals. It was obvious their anti-government inclination and disinclination to read auditor’s reports colored their opinion. I mean, good business people can’t be wrong if the government is involved, right?
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Oliva was a more "famous" player who also won a pennant with the Twins.
In the 1960s, without looking at the back of his card, you’d likely believe (from media reports) that Oliva was better. He was a "ballplayer" (certainly better than Allen defensively, and hey, he could lay down a bunt).
But a lot of this is based on the racism of the 1960s, the controversial nature of Allen’s time in MLB, and the fact that I’m guessing the voters don’t actually look at b-ref, they just base this on their memories.
I’ve stated before that if Allen is called up in 1963, he wins the rookie of the year award (and Allen has no negative experience in Little Rock that I think began his prickliness) and then if Mauch doesn’t lose his mind, the Phils win the 1964 pennant, he is NL MVP and fans fawn over Allen forever
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It might be interesting for you to know that, other than the profit sharing,(and I’m not sure about minor league pensions), most of the above have been adopted in the NHL CBA.
In particular, there is a cap floor and ceiling and the guys in the minor leagues make a living wage (if you were drafted by an NHL team, in any round, you get at minimum $70,000 in the minors).
Also, because there has recently been labor peace (!), the NHL did the players a solid by paying them full salaries, not even prorated, during the pandemic even though the NHL is largely funded by arena tickets and there were no fans in the arena. Of course, the owners are not altrustic, and so the the players won’t participate in the new ESPN/TNT contracts until the "amounts owed" are recaptured. Still, that action made the players a LOT less ticked off, and resulted in an extension of the previous CBA, pretty much as-is.
One other odd thing though – there is also now WAY more competitive balance because over time the difference between the teams at the top and bottom of the cap have narrowed….the ceiling is now $81.5 million (plus $$ for injured players) and only one team is at the floor ($60M) and most everyone else is $70M or above. While there are anomalies (Vegas and Tampa over $90M due to injuries) the differences are much, much smaller. For context, if the MLB cap ceiling were $200M, if the ratios were like the NHL, every team would be spending $150M or more! I think this is a factor the the NHLPA gets that MLBPA still hasn’t figured out.