Wednesday, February 13, 2019

MLB Players and Agents love the S word.



Baseball Players and they agents keep inferring to strikes and collusion. This is an interesting read from the NY POST about the "nuclear option".
This year, it’s Phillies pitcher Pat Neshek, who dipped his toe in the strike waters.
“It’s sad to see. It stinks. They want to go cheaper, the front offices. I think we signed a bad CBA, personally,” the 12-year veteran said, via The Athletic on Wednesday. “When there’s a little disrespect, when the revenues are going up, and the portion that’s being paid to the players is consistently declining, there’s going to be an issue.

“It’s going to get pretty ugly. The smart front offices, a lot of those guys might not have jobs anymore, because we’re not going to have baseball. It’s a respect issue.”
If they’re not going to have baseball, that means one side would be holding out. The “smart” front offices are typically the ones that spend frugally, finding talent on the margins at costs they can live with. Or they don’t spend on established players at all, investing in their farm systems, where they can produce players on rookie contracts. They can tank to get better draft picks, turn those picks into major league players in a few years and develop a system that theoretically can eventually yield wins for cheap. That’s the hope at least.

That groupthink has infested baseball, and the more free-wheeling, money-spending GMs have disappeared. Emerging have been the voices of angry players, whose CBA doesn’t expire until December 2021. Emerging have been angry agents like CAA’s Jeff Berry, who released a memo proposing pitchers cap their workload to ensure teams don’t use them up before they can hit free agency.

Read more here.

The Baseball Players signed a bad CBA according to Neshak. If the members of the union believe that then it's time to clean house on who negotiated that deal on them. I'm in a union. My union leaders try to do the best for the members of that union. They aren't going to ask us to ratify a deal that weakens the union. They know once you give something up you aren't getting it back. I also don't know if baseball can survive another strike. If as an MLBPA member you don't like what your leadership has done for you, get rid of them. Would it be able to rebound? Who can you market to bring it back? Baseball is already losing fans by the stadium load. Owners, Players, Agents all want the most money they can get. I get that and it is after all a business. The players are putting themselves into the position with fans that is not going to be a good look. Fans are going to start calling them spoiled and whiners etc. This is all going to get ugly.

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