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I didn’t think there was a signing period for UDFA’s.
That many payers get essentially laid off by MLB after a few years is what I thought was one of the primary complaints of players, if not the only primary complaint. I can see where the union players would like to do something to take care of these guys who are in many cases still their friends. After all, what happened to those kids could very well have happened to any one of them. They don’t see any reason why they personally should have to pay the toll on that, and since the owners are saving money by replacing these kids with prospects, the players figure the owners are a calloused, greedy bunch of people. So the players take it upon themselves to try to do something about it. You have to admire them for that.
I said it before. This is not about the money. How can it be? The starting salary for an average player is $563,500, and we all know how high it can go up from there. The owners are all multi billionaires. Both sides know they have plenty of money. So what’s really at the bottom of all this? I said it was ‘control’ but now I’m thinking it runs deeper than that. To say that both sides are possessed by greed for a few more dollars is shallow and simplistic, IMO. You can’t solve a problem if you don’t know what it is. So what is it, really??
I’ve been reading through TCN Prospect Guide again since all baseball is still shut down. Some of the main players I was keeping on my radar besides Montero were going to be Patrick Romero, Francisco Justo, and Angel Cuenco. (I think Cuenco was on BW’s best of the rest.) I was hoping Rangel Ravelo was going to be a ‘feel good’ story. When I think of it, there are a whole lot of players of interest. It’s fun when somebody points out a prospect that’s finally emerging like Gil or Fletcher were hopefully going to be, or a sleeper that seemingly pops up out of nowhere.
Like I mentioned to another poster… Why doesn’t somebody ask Mr. DeWitt, and other owners, what ‘not very profitable’ means rather than just making incendiary comments. There’s probably a way to find that out without having to have them show you their IRS 1040’s. If you’re already 100 per cent sure they’re only going to lie to you, then you should probably sit down and shut up because you are of no use in solving anything.
Edman is the senior citizen of this group. Could there be a teenage slugger in the DSL to play 2B?
ZTR. You’re POV makes sense. The problem is that there is an opposing POV that also makes sense. Each side is totally convinced that their point of view is the only point of view that is valid. Neither side wants to try to understand what the other has to say. In other words there’s no actual dialogue. Both sides are trying to resolve their issues be digging in with the strategy that eventually the other side will collapse. I only hope that after this is over the game becomes more competitive, and that younger generations of fans start finding the game exciting again, and that attendances begins going up rather than down year after year. If that doesn’t happen, there will be nothing to dig in about.
Montero will play 1B.
If they do get unemployment, they get another $600 added onto their checks in stimulus money.
There’s a nice piece today in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch by Steve Overbey about Bedell. It will be interesting to follow this kid. He could be a real sleeper.
It seems like somebody is always donating a baseball field somewhere close to the Afro-American communities, or money to get kids started in baseball. But it’s just not happening. I miss the speed on the base paths along with the stolen bases.
….. and maybe the African-American kids will start wanting to ply baseball again, instead of just football.
There are clubs that think it’s unfair that St. Louis gets a competitive balance pick because Ottawa small market team even though the Redbirds finish at or near the top of their division year after year.
It’s my understanding that teams can’t talk to free undrafted players until after Sunday. Is that correct?
Burleson makes sense if they picked him for a future left handed DH. O’Dowd said with Burleson it’s all about his bat, has a beautiful LH swing. Jim Callis said he was one of the better sleeper bats in the draft.
One of the guys in the MLB channel said that Winn is a high energy guy who plays with the joy of Francisco Lindor??? Definitely a nice thought to dream on.
Brian – You used incendiary language before I did. Here it is: ‘they also need to stop insulting our intelligence with their cries of poverty’.
That said, I apologize for my incendiary language.
I do not agree that the owners are all lying about their profits, nor do I believe that these negotiations are all about the money. I was simply trying to find a way to defend my point of view.
There’s enough political crap to put up with everywhere else. I prefer that this space just stay out of that. Expressing a point of view is necessary, but attacking another person’s point of view, without trying to understand it, is counterproductive. DeWitt’s point of view is that the MLB franchises are not ‘very profitable’. I wonder what kind of answer you would get if you could ask him to explain what he means by that, rather than just saying he’s lying.
Sounds like you agree with Brian that the owners are all liars and thieves.
That lineup looks dominant. We just need to keep the pitching pipeline maintained and moving. Seems like a long shot, but there’s still the possibility of Dejong moving to 2B and Lindor taking over at SS. I think Cleveland is going to move him this offseason, maybe even before the trade deadline if there is one. (There’s also that middle infield sleeper in the DSL and that other middle infield sleeper that we pick up later today.)
bccran – Add Herrera to that list and we almost have our starting lineup for 2024.
People, including MLB owners, are entitled to a certain amount of privacy. They should not be required to turn over their IRS 1040’s to the general public. Since players according to you see owners as liars and thieves, why not just have an independent auditor who has been approved by both sides determine what net profit is?
MM3 – Totally agree. Something like that would make the game so much more enjoyable because it would motivate players to be at their best for every game. Something that could be added to that could be team wins where each win by a team adds to a pool of money available to that team for salaries.
Add another condition to that list…
– long term, guaranteed contracts are eliminated (MLBFA members are fed up with going to a game and having to watch players like Albert Pujols, Dexter Fowler, Jason Heyward, and many others standing around on the field waiting for the clock to run out on their mega-contracts)
Agree. I expect somebody to drop. I’m thinking that the teams in the middle of the draft will not want to do something risky when they can get a college arm that has a whole lot less risk.
Well if things don’t work out for Kurt Heyer, he is still young enough to get started on a new career.
This tells you where the owners stand, also.