Friday, March 11, 2022

Baseball is back.


 

I for one am glad this is over. Everyday, folks at work were asking me when the two sides were going to settle and I said to tell you the truth, I don't really care. I enjoy baseball. I enjoy going to the games with The7Line. I enjoy throwing it on TV and if it gets boring, I'll change the channel. The funny thing about this is that if the owners and union didn't settle until July, I don't think it would have bothered me. There are plenty of other things to do in life and if i was really jonesing for baseball I could have just thrown in The Show on my PS4 and played some games. If I was feeling like this could you imagine the folks that were on the line of getting annoyed and finding new hobbies not coming back to the game if this lockout lingered? The owners and unions dodged a bullet. Also, let's see if the new rules being implemented end up helping the game or not.

From the NY POST

While the competitive balance tax thresholds appeared to be the biggest hurdle for most of the negotiations, the hang-up on Wednesday — leading to Manfred announcing that two more series (making it four total) had been “removed from the schedule” — was over the league’s proposal to introduce an international draft in 2024 in exchange for eliminating the qualifying offer, which the union declined.he sides agreed Thursday to hold off on a deadline on the decision until July 25 and reopened the rest of the CBA, leading to the final agreement.

The union’s executive board approved the deal 26-12 among the 30 team representatives, but all eight members of the executive subcommittee voted against the deal.

“Our union endured the second-longest work stoppage in its history to achieve significant progress in key areas that will improve not just current players’ rights and benefits, but those of generations to come,” MLBPA executive director Tony Clark said.

Among the details of the new deal are a CBT starting at $230 million this year, rising to $244 million over the course of the five-year agreement.

The pre-arbitration pool landed at $50 million, the minimum salary bumped to $700,000 going to $780,000 in the final year of the agreement.

There will also be changes on the field, with a universal DH starting this season, as well as an expanded postseason, which will go from 10 teams to 12.

As for rule changes such as a pitch clock, increased base size and the defensive shift, there will be a joint committee made up of six MLB representatives, four active players and one umpire that will vote starting next offseason and will allow for changes after a 45-day window following approval. MLB formerly had the ability to implement such changes on its own.

Teams will also be allowed to put ads on their jerseys.

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