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    I was at Saturday's game and he hit the ball...

    I was at Saturday's game and he hit the ball really hard several times. It was just right at someone or hit to the deepest part of the field.

    His struggle right now is against LHP and the Twins...
  2. I think catching is still a major weakness of...

    I think catching is still a major weakness of this team's organization even after making significant draft picks last year. From my database here are the catching prospects in the organization:

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  3. With the MLB Draft going on I put together a...

    With the MLB Draft going on I put together a database of the Twins minor league system and wanted to see the impact the draft has had on the Twins organization. Some interesting (at least to me)...
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    One thing that really needs to be mentioned is...

    One thing that really needs to be mentioned is that sometimes we only look at a journey like A.J. Petterson's as a means to an end, and forget that sometimes the journey is an ends in itself. Minor...
  5. Why?

    Why?
  6. If I want to be a manager at Target I have to go...

    If I want to be a manager at Target I have to go up the ladder too. If you want to be a doctor you have to go to medical school, most likely live in similar poverty, and work even more insane hours....
  7. Morality? When someone decides to willingly...

    Morality? When someone decides to willingly exchange their labor services to an employer that willing agrees to pay them for those services, how much more moral can it be?
  8. Again, these rights and privileges are subject to...

    Again, these rights and privileges are subject to a labor agreement reached in a collective bargaining agreement between the employers and the player union. Almost all of the "monopolistic" issues...
  9. 1. There is no such thing as a "living wage". ...

    1. There is no such thing as a "living wage". Employers do not control a person's life. They cannot tell an employee when to have children. Where to live. What to buy. Whom or when to marry. A...
  10. I believe that the anti-trust exemption will...

    I believe that the anti-trust exemption will trump any wage claims made by the minor league players. Baseball will argue that a professional athlete is exempt from overtime pay, that they are...
  11. Clearly, minor league baseball has not sewn up...

    Clearly, minor league baseball has not sewn up the entire labor market. A player is totally free to negotiate a signing bonus with the team, sign a professional baseball contract, or choose to go a...
  12. No. THey have a choice. They can sign a...

    No. THey have a choice. They can sign a professional baseball contract or do something else. If they do not feel they will be adequately compensated they can choose a different option. IF Major...
  13. The question of getting the best athletes is...

    The question of getting the best athletes is address in the signing bonuses and relative salary level of the major league system. A person does not decide at a young age to become a baseball player...
  14. The Twins certainly do seem to run their drafts...

    The Twins certainly do seem to run their drafts based on a "theme". I guess there is some argument to the quantity theory of drafting.
  15. Here are the economic facts. If an employer does...

    Here are the economic facts. If an employer does not pay a high enough salary they will have a labor shortage. Lets say you are an employer and you need 25 employees. You offer $1,100/month as a...
  16. Auto spell is so funny. A few other...

    Auto spell is so funny.

    A few other observations.

    Adam Brett Walker - he certainly looks like a baseball player. Supremely athletic. Hit the ball pretty hard.

    Travis Harrison - has a nice...
  17. Was at Miracle game tonight. The outstanding...

    Was at Miracle game tonight. The outstanding player of the game was Tyler Jones. Fastball was heavy at 94 and slider awesome at 82. Threw strikes and looked unfit table.
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    You are overstating what I said. Unless you are...

    You are overstating what I said. Unless you are paying wages your opinion is really meaningless. The only opinions that are important is the employee and the employer in wage matters. All other...
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    1. The shareholders set the wages of the CEO to...

    1. The shareholders set the wages of the CEO to the same extent they set the wages of the lowerest paid employees. Like I said in a previous related response, when you own your own company you can...
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    Lol. I can tell all of these advocates do not and...

    Lol. I can tell all of these advocates do not and never will employ people. Your tune changes when you pay FICA taxes, workers comp insurance, federal and state unemployment insurance. Then your...
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    And, I forgot to address the issues of collusion...

    And, I forgot to address the issues of collusion and/or monopoly.

    THe reason why restrictions on monopolistic practices, of which collusion is one, is that it leads to a undersupply of a commodity...
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    A gas station isn't a monopoly. If all of the gas...

    A gas station isn't a monopoly. If all of the gas stations "got together" that would be a violation of US anti-trust laws. And even if such a cartel did exist they are almost impossible to keep...
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    1. The problem with the living wage argument is...

    1. The problem with the living wage argument is that there is a vast group of people in this country (and world) that cannot produce enough to justify a living wage. That is a sad situation, but it...
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    But what is the "inequality"? A minor league...

    But what is the "inequality"? A minor league baseball player enters into a contract willingly. They value their time/effort and look at the alternatives and decide to sign the contract. Their...
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    There is no such thing as a "living wage". There...

    There is no such thing as a "living wage". There is only a wage. You produce a value and your employer pays you for that value. How you "live" after you leave your place of employment is not part of...
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