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  • in reply to: Agreement on salaries/service time/contracts #129514
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    in reply to: Minor league salaries #129512
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    The Royals GM had these comments. They may still release players before next summer, but do have some acceptance and appreciation of the timing and the current situation.

    in reply to: Agreement on salaries/service time/contracts #129507
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    in reply to: Minor league salaries #129505
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    Onyx wrote:

    The Minor league cuts were going to HAVE To happen if they are cutting that many minor league teams…it was just a matter of when it was going to happen

    This is true. However, the cuts are a year earlier than absolutely required. That is a year lost for at least some of these players to step up and improve their stock.

    However, the reality of no 2020 minor league season, the down revenue for MLB and the folding of resistance to the MiLB contraction plan together moved the cuts forward on the calendar. That it was apparently inevitable doesn’t make it less painful, especially for those who had been holding out slim hopes.

    in reply to: Minor league salaries #129504
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    David Price joins Adam Wainwright, Shin-Soo Choo and other MLB players helping out minor leaguers.

    in reply to: 2020 MLB Draft #129503
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    in reply to: Expansion draft #129502
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    MLB Trade Rumors got to the Cardinals in their series.

    in reply to: 2020 MLB Draft #129501
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    in reply to: Minor league salaries #129499
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    MM3 asked:

    Am I wrong in presuming that there will be NO minor league season this year? Doesn’t seem possible to support them with no fans in the stands.

    It is a very good assumption, and the player cuts now seem to put the final nail in the coffin, but there has been no formal announcement.

    in reply to: Minor league salaries #129493
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    Some media types are misrepresenting the minor league cuts as “they would have happened, anyway.” Some, yes, but not anywhere near all. However, many organizations did not drop players in March, so their numbers will be higher now.

    According to BA data, here are the prior number of releases by the Cards in recent years between March and May:

    2018 36
    2019 19
    2020 (prior to now) 10

    All 30 organizations are listed here.

    https://www.baseballamerica.com/stories/march-may-milb-player-releases-could-exceed-2019-2018-numbers/

    in reply to: 2020 Arizona Fall League expansion? #129492
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    It is a possibility until it is not. Too many unanswered questions between now and then to even guess what will happen.

    My speculation: With the expense pressures teams are facing, I wonder if the AFL decision would require all 30 teams to buy in. Based on what we are reading, do we think Oakland would participate unless they were forced to?

    in reply to: Minor league salaries #129491
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    14NyquisT asked:

    Would it be accurate to guess that the Cards will release +/- 30 players? Or will it be more? Any ideas about who is near the top of the list?

    Numbers unknown. I will not speculate on names. That would not be fair or appropriate, IMO.

    MM3 asked:

    Will the Cards release a list of players who are let go?

    Eventually. This entire matter is being handled oddly. (Guessing there is an MLB-wide moratorium until they have contacted all the players.)

    in reply to: Minor league salaries #129486
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    Interesting if true. It would explain how and why all teams agreed to pay through May 31.

    in reply to: Minor league salaries #129482
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    in reply to: Minor league salaries #129467
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    in reply to: Agreement on salaries/service time/contracts #129463
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    in reply to: Minor league salaries #129460
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    Looks like this wave will be game-wide.

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    New odds courtesy of BetOnline (www.BetOnline.ag, Twitter: @betonline_ag).

    Will there be an MLB regular season?
    Yes -500 (1/5)
    No +300 (3/1)

    in reply to: Minor league salaries #129456
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    Goold delivers the good news. National guys deliver the bad.

    in reply to: Agreement on salaries/service time/contracts #129450
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    CFICT, you raise the real wild card. How will fans react? I don’t mean the angry words now. That is very predictable. I mean the REAL actions later. My guess is that the owners may feel the game is bulletproof. Until last season, MLB drew more than 70 million fans for 15 years in a row. They have been making record profits, less and less of which depends on rear ends in stadium seats.

    Danny Mac and I talked about this briefly on our last podcast. I think the game will bounce back whether they play or not because the situation across our entire country is so disjointed and disrupted this year. Dan is not as sure. I hope I am right and he is wrong, but it surely could go the other way.

    in reply to: Agreement on salaries/service time/contracts #129449
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    bikemike asked:

    I would think the union would have had the right to see the books written into the agreement years ago.

    Opening the books is not something the owners want. Further, players have not been participating in revenue sharing, so it was not an area they needed to dig into deeply. The only revenue sharing has been between the owners themselves. I do believe there are some basic audited statements the players had access to.

    in reply to: Agreement on salaries/service time/contracts #129439
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    in reply to: Agreement on salaries/service time/contracts #129437
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    Jayson Stark tweeted concern that June 1 is already so close. I replied with an assessment that unless the players give in, the owners’ motivation may be to delay the regular season as long as possible.

    in reply to: Minor league history series #129435
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    in reply to: 2020 MLB Draft #129433
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    BA did not change. They had the Cards taking Foscue before and still do now.

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