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"Power does not corrupt. Fear corrupts... perhaps the fear of a loss of power." ― John Steinbeck
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This pod is worth a listen
This guy is making the same points I have been making.
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Saw this on ESPN today and it floored me
The average MLB salary after removing the 10 highest salaries and all salaries below 1 million per year….
As I said above, since the owners force-fed the players the last CBA, MLB free agency is broken.
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Ultimately, neither side cares about the fans during CBA negotiations.
It is all lip service to try to win over the PR battle that is inevitably coming. If one side can convince the fans the other side is the root cause of games not being played, this creates pressure to get a deal done that is advantageous. The owners are already starting their PR campaign to make the players the bad guys. This is just the tip of the iceberg. Titanic volumes of BS will be flowing before all this is sorted out and games are played again.
Sadly, fans are an afterthought for both sides, no matter what PR BS either side tries to present. This thing is entirely about how to split up the money. The owners have been living fat on a far too one-sided CBA deal and the players are ready to claw some of that back.
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20 years ago plus, that was the case.
But the explosion of TV/broadcasting money made fan attendance a small line item, instead of the primary, source of revenue for teams.
Owners have no need to put even a reasonably competitive product on the field when it is so easy to fill the roster with has-beens and never will bes while reaping massive profits from the TV money alone.
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The players point to the Bryant example
because it was literally one day difference. It was blatant, obvious, and unfortunately for the players. Entirely within the rules of the CBA. It was also entirely outside of the intent of the rules of the CBA. This is why the players want it changed so badly. Service time was never intended to allow an extra 7th year of team control.
Changing this flaw in the system should be easy. Cut the season’s total of games in half and add one game. 82 games played. If a player is on a MLB roster for 82 games played, he earns a year of service. Or some number of days on the roster to that effect. If teams wanted to game that number they would be asking for hell from their fans.
Keeping an MLB ready player down for a couple weeks is one thing. Several months is another entirely.
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Baseball free agency is broken.
It was broken by the owners. The present model of free agency worked when teams were willing to spend on players heading to or into their 30s. Teams, wisely and more importantly to them cheaply, stopped doing that. I can’t see how anyone can suggest the FA model in MLB can be considered tenable going into the future of the game. Well, anyone other than the owners who are reaping landfall profits from it.
Are you suggesting it is good for baseball to go back to what we have had the last 5 years since the last CBA was finalized? Other than this off-season, which is shady, to say the least, teams rarely if ever spend any money in November. Waiting until late in the offseason (jan,feb,mar) because they wanted to press players into cheaper deals. That was fun to you as a fan?
Top-end players, who had a QO on them, often had to wait far too long to sign a deal, sometimes even into the season. That was fun to you as a fan?
MLB-ready players are being kept in the minors to extend the 6-year free agency deal into a 7th. That is fun to you as a fan? Not seeing the best players playing?
The last CBA was entirely one-sided. Players median and average salaries have dropped for 3? consecutive years. In a league whose revenue has exploded to almost 11 billion.
All the trite remarks about the 1%er players "struggling" accomplishes/changes nothing. There was no chance this CBA was going to be resolved before today. In all CBA negotiations, if one side is happy with the deal, the other side got screwed. The owners were more than happy with the last CBA. The players hated it the moment it was signed and began prudently preparing for this CBA negotiation immediately. This moment in baseball history was written, by the owners, in stone a little over five years ago.
Often, the best CBA negotiations end when both sides do not like the deal. I suspect that is where this is all leading and it is long overdue. It is going to not be fun for the fans getting there but it is all a necessary part of collective bargaining.
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This is a point that should be made often
The owners, while trying to frame it as "they didn’t have a choice to lock the players out, the players made us do it".
The lockout was optional and the owners unanimously voted (choose) to do it. This is just the beginning of the spin from both sides that is going to come in fits and starts over the next three months.
Taking down the player’s photos is nothing more than the lawyers protecting the owner’s backside pocket wallet.
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Fugly, this is going to drag on for an extended time
The owners know they have a deal that is far too favorable to them and they are ready to fight to keep it that way. The players, obviously, what to change that reality and are ready to fight.
The fact that the owners have already laid down an ultimatum, drop the FA requests among other things, and then when the players said no, decided to walk out on the face-to-face negotiations after seven minutes paints a clear picture. This will not end soon and it will get extraordinarily ugly.
Without the players completely capitulating to the owners, I think lost games are a foregone conclusion at this point. Both sides will rattle their sabers, calling the other side wrong. Making proposals the other side will not accept. The players and MLBPA have been preparing for this since the last CBA was signed. Literally. I don’t see them rolling over easily.
It is a damn shame for such a great sport but ultimately, this has to happen. When the pendulum swings too far in one direction, it has to swing back and it often takes a difficult push to get it going.