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A Letter to MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred


Major League Baseball and its owners officially locked out the MLB Players Union. MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred wrote a letter to baseball fans, and here is my response. 

 

To the Commissioner:

I first want to ask you why you don’t support the great game of baseball. In this past season, some of the greatest moments in the history of the sport took place. However, there continues to be a long list of issues tied to your time as commissioner. Fans understand that not all commissioners will be loved, but your actions have impacted a generation of fans, and it may be tough to bring these former fans back into the fold. 

Fans list of grievances against the owners and yourself is long. During the unprecedented 2020 season, the owners and your office tried to paint the players as greedy and unwilling to sacrifice enough during a global pandemic. Baseball was lucky to get through the 2020 campaign, but plenty of teams and players were impacted along the way. 

As reported in the Washington Post, “The minute it became apparent this season was going to have to be played in empty stadiums, Manfred and the owners began moaning about their losses, even though the game has never been healthier financially than in recent seasons. New contracts with regional television networks have lined the owners’ pockets, and attendance has been strong.”

Another grievance fans have against your leadership is tied to the Houston Astros cheating scandal. Multiple managers and a general manager were fired in response to the allegations, but how much did they have to do with the scandal? None of the players involved in the scandal were suspended, and two of the three managers were back in baseball after missing a shortened 2020 campaign.

In your letter to fans, you touted the $1.7 million spent on the “broken” free agent system during November. Guess what? Players were willing to strike these deals because of the looming lockout. It’s a fundamental human need to want to know where your family will live and how much income a person can expect. Players want security and to know what the future holds.

Also, you said, “By the end of the offseason, Clubs will have committed more money to players than in any offseason in MLB history.” While that may sound good on paper, this shouldn’t be breaking news. Increasing revenues across baseball should allow teams to spend more money. Every offseason should see a new record amount of money being committed to players. 

Your list of concessions to the players includes some ideas that will fundamentally make the game stronger. There should be a minimum payroll. Teams shouldn’t be able to engage in service time manipulation. Young players should be paid more, including those in the minor leagues. Fans want a universal DH. A new draft system can help to stop teams from trying to be competitive. All of these changes would make baseball more competitive, not less.

There is one thing we can agree on; baseball can not afford to cancel games. Baseball’s popularity continues to decline, and losing any part of the 2022 season will push fans further away from this great game. As you referenced regarding the 1994 season, “We owe you, our fans, better than that.”

Today is a difficult day for baseball fans. You have made questionable leadership decisions throughout your time as commissioner. What is baseball fans’ biggest problem with you? You don’t appear to be a fan of the game.


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While lot's of owners did complain ours did go the extra mile during the pandemic.  Mr. Pohlad also was willing to spend coming out of the pandemic a year where revenue was down or in the red the year before. So when player like Nelson Cruz say Minnesota is a top notch organization I think we have proof to back that up.

A strike could cost owners revenue moving forward as fans get frustrated and move on to different pastimes.

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Here's my letter:

Dear Mr Manfred:

Break the union. Start spring training with minor league players. I guarantee you, a missed paycheck or 2 from the pampered crybabies will have the MLBPA begging to get back on your teams. 

Focus on making the sport more competitive top to bottom. Institute salary floors and caps that are relatively narrow, and all teams can live within. Pay more to minor leaguers, and flatten the payscale of major leaguers. Give players the ability to move around after 6 years of service, but take away the enormous financial advantage of some teams to buy up players that exists now. 

MLB and its fans will be better off with a neutered players union and more competitve league. You'll get some short term bad press, but long term you'll better the sport.

Sincerely,

Chief

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I found Mr. Manfred's letter well written, as I would expect.  Also agree that most of his points are legitimate.  Expect the players could submit a similar letter with other points that would also have merit.

I would say, however, that your response is both combative and not constructive.  Glad you aren't at the table as I fear we would never again see baseball.

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54 minutes ago, USAFChief said:

Here's my letter:

Dear Mr Manfred:

Break the union. Start spring training with minor league players. I guarantee you, a missed paycheck or 2 from the pampered crybabies will have the MLBPA begging to get back on your teams. 

Focus on making the sport more competitive top to bottom. Institute salary floors and caps that are relatively narrow, and all teams can live within. Pay more to minor leaguers, and flatten the payscale of major leaguers. Give players the ability to move around after 6 years of service, but take away the enormous financial advantage of some teams to buy up players that exists now. 

MLB and its fans will be better off with a neutered players union and more competitve league. You'll get some short term bad press, but long term you'll better the sport.

Sincerely,

Chief

Looks like we found Manfred's burner account. 

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The world has enough arrogance, close-mindedness, and unwillingness to compromise. I hope the two sides involved don’t share those traits.

“I first want to ask you why you don’t support the great game of baseball”
 

If this is how you start your letter it’s hard to imagine the remainder constructive and worth reading. The idea that he doesn’t support baseball is ludicrous. He works for people running businesses. We won’t always agree with him because of that, but wow man. Growing tired of this attitude from too many people.

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Manfred's letter sucks because it's obviously trying to tilt public opinion... but that doesn't help owners or players. All it does is stoke the fire of anger in fans. An angry fan base blaming the players or owners is irrelevant because when fans are angry, they quit following the sport. They stop going to the games. They stop spending their money. It doesn't matter who the fans are protesting when the revenue stream dries up.

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On the owners side if they are not up for more of a revenue sharing plan then I would think they could lower the salary cap (while increasing penalties for going over) and raise the floor  to lower the spending gap between teams.    My suggestion on the player side would be a funding tax based on each teams payroll there the proceeds would be disbursed each year to the players that are outperforming their salary to help prop up the younger players earnings until they can get to free agency.    The NFL has a smaller version of this.     Using the current structure and  if the players under the union proposal can reach free agency faster this is only going to help the large spending teams get the best players in more of their prime years so there needs to be a more broad solution.   

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1 hour ago, USAFChief said:

Here's my letter:

Dear Mr Manfred:

Break the union. Start spring training with minor league players. I guarantee you, a missed paycheck or 2 from the pampered crybabies will have the MLBPA begging to get back on your teams. 

Focus on making the sport more competitive top to bottom. Institute salary floors and caps that are relatively narrow, and all teams can live within. Pay more to minor leaguers, and flatten the payscale of major leaguers. Give players the ability to move around after 6 years of service, but take away the enormous financial advantage of some teams to buy up players that exists now. 

MLB and its fans will be better off with a neutered players union and more competitve league. You'll get some short term bad press, but long term you'll better the sport.

Sincerely,

Chief

Those pampered crybabies were ok missing quite a few paychecks in 94 and 95. The MLBPA has been stockpiling money for years to prepare for this fight. They're not just going to crumble after a few missed checks.

Starting with minor leaguers costs the league fans and money as fans won't pay the ridiculous prices to watch that product. Not sure how this would help the game at all.

The owners couldn't care less about the game being more competitive top to bottom. As long as the value of their franchises continue to rise many owners have no cares about that. Manfred isn't paid to improve the game or make it more competitive, he's paid to make the owners as much money as possible. Make no mistake, that is all these negotiations are. The owners trying to keep as much money as possible while the players try to claw back whatever they can.

And a neutered players union and slashed contracts just leads to the elite athletes choosing other sports over baseball and the quality of the product going down which then hurts the owner's bottom lines as their tv contracts shrink and fans stop showing up.

The pampered cry baby billionaires could just pay 50% of revenues to players and make this all go away. Most reports I've seen give them a 57-43% advantage in revenue split. Agree to open their books and give the players a 50/50 split and watch the competition balance out and avoid bad press all at the same time.

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47 minutes ago, chpettit19 said:

Those pampered crybabies were ok missing quite a few paychecks in 94 and 95. The MLBPA has been stockpiling money for years to prepare for this fight. They're not just going to crumble after a few missed checks...

Nobody was okay with the losses from the strike and the strike was not successful. It was a disaster for players and owners alike. 

Year Min Salary Ann. Increase Avg Salary Ann. Increase
1967 6000   19000  
1970 12000 26% 29303 16%
1975 16000 6% 44676 9%
1980 30000 13% 143676 26%
1985 60000 15% 371157 21%
1990 100000 11% 597537 10%
1995 109000 2% 1110766 13%
2000 200000 13% 1895630 11%
2005 316000 10% 2476589 5%
2010 400000 5% 3014572 4%
2015 507500 5% 3952252 6%

 

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3 minutes ago, bean5302 said:

Nobody was okay with the losses from the strike and the strike was not successful. It was a disaster for players and owners alike. 

Year Min Salary Ann. Increase Avg Salary Ann. Increase
1967 6000   19000  
1970 12000 26% 29303 16%
1975 16000 6% 44676 9%
1980 30000 13% 143676 26%
1985 60000 15% 371157 21%
1990 100000 11% 597537 10%
1995 109000 2% 1110766 13%
2000 200000 13% 1895630 11%
2005 316000 10% 2476589 5%
2010 400000 5% 3014572 4%
2015 507500 5% 3952252 6%

 

They weren't happy about it, but the comment I was replying to said the players would immediately cave to the owners once they started missing checks and the owners were using minor leaguers instead. The players don't want to miss checks, and missed games would be awful, but the players aren't going to cave because they miss checks.

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I have no idea how things will play out or how quickly the players might break or how quickly MLB owners might break because there are so many complexities.

That said, if MLB were to actually able to move forward with MiLB replacement players, I think the MLBPA would be broken in short order just like the NFL owners broke the NFLPA fast and easy with replacement players.

Fans come to the games to see their team, not the specific players on the team and I've seen/heard no credible evidence to the contrary. Once fans start attending games, the MLBPA loses an absolutely dramatic amount of leverage.

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2 hours ago, USAFChief said:

Focus on making the sport more competitive top to bottom. Institute salary floors and caps that are relatively narrow, and all teams can live within. Pay more to minor leaguers, and flatten the payscale of major leaguers. Give players the ability to move around after 6 years of service, but take away the enormous financial advantage of some teams to buy up players that exists now. 

 

So if by some miracle these reforms increase the popularity of baseball and the owners start making even more obscene amounts of money, what recourse do the players have to bring a little balance if they have no union? 

Uhhh, nope.

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1 hour ago, chpettit19 said:

Those pampered crybabies were ok missing quite a few paychecks in 94 and 95. The MLBPA has been stockpiling money for years to prepare for this fight. They're not just going to crumble after a few missed checks.

Starting with minor leaguers costs the league fans and money as fans won't pay the ridiculous prices to watch that product. Not sure how this would help the game at all.

The owners couldn't care less about the game being more competitive top to bottom. As long as the value of their franchises continue to rise many owners have no cares about that. Manfred isn't paid to improve the game or make it more competitive, he's paid to make the owners as much money as possible. Make no mistake, that is all these negotiations are. The owners trying to keep as much money as possible while the players try to claw back whatever they can.

And a neutered players union and slashed contracts just leads to the elite athletes choosing other sports over baseball and the quality of the product going down which then hurts the owner's bottom lines as their tv contracts shrink and fans stop showing up.

The pampered cry baby billionaires could just pay 50% of revenues to players and make this all go away. Most reports I've seen give them a 57-43% advantage in revenue split. Agree to open their books and give the players a 50/50 split and watch the competition balance out and avoid bad press all at the same time.

Well said. 

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3 hours ago, chpettit19 said:

Those pampered crybabies were ok missing quite a few paychecks in 94 and 95. The MLBPA has been stockpiling money for years to prepare for this fight. They're not just going to crumble after a few missed checks.

Starting with minor leaguers costs the league fans and money as fans won't pay the ridiculous prices to watch that product. Not sure how this would help the game at all.

The owners couldn't care less about the game being more competitive top to bottom. As long as the value of their franchises continue to rise many owners have no cares about that. Manfred isn't paid to improve the game or make it more competitive, he's paid to make the owners as much money as possible. Make no mistake, that is all these negotiations are. The owners trying to keep as much money as possible while the players try to claw back whatever they can.

And a neutered players union and slashed contracts just leads to the elite athletes choosing other sports over baseball and the quality of the product going down which then hurts the owner's bottom lines as their tv contracts shrink and fans stop showing up.

The pampered cry baby billionaires could just pay 50% of revenues to players and make this all go away. Most reports I've seen give them a 57-43% advantage in revenue split. Agree to open their books and give the players a 50/50 split and watch the competition balance out and avoid bad press all at the same time.

Ok. Let's pretend the players never come back. I can't see that happening, but what's the long term downside? A few years down the road nobody will know the difference. The same current minor league players that will constitute MLB....will constitute MLB.

And for the record, they WILL come back. None of them are going to give up 6, 7, and 8 figure annual salaries for very long.

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9 hours ago, USAFChief said:

Here's my letter:

Dear Mr Manfred:

Break the union. Start spring training with minor league players. I guarantee you, a missed paycheck or 2 from the pampered crybabies will have the MLBPA begging to get back on your teams. 

Focus on making the sport more competitive top to bottom. Institute salary floors and caps that are relatively narrow, and all teams can live within. Pay more to minor leaguers, and flatten the payscale of major leaguers. Give players the ability to move around after 6 years of service, but take away the enormous financial advantage of some teams to buy up players that exists now. 

MLB and its fans will be better off with a neutered players union and more competitve league. You'll get some short term bad press, but long term you'll better the sport.

Sincerely,

Chief

Pampered crybabies....you mean the owners, right?  The ones who had $10B in revenue....The ones who get tax payer funded/tax breaks/assistance for stadiums to that continue to build their investment.  Like the Pohlads, who bought the Twins for $40M, and are valued at $1.3B.   Yeah, the players definitely are the crybabies.

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Crybabies?  Yes both sides are.  I'm sick of these owners crying poverty all the time and blaming it on the players.  The players on the other hand have the best financial contract in all of professional sports, and with no salary caps.  There's enough crying towels for everyone.  I don't think fans have sympathy for either side.  It's just outrageous that baseball has sunk this low to have a work stoppage in view of all the money in the game.  It's a big slap in the face for the fans that work for a living.  

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3 hours ago, chpettit19 said:

Why aren't the minor league stadiums gigantic and full of 40,000 fans paying 60+ bucks a ticket and $12 for a beer and $8 for a hot dog? Is it because the product isn't the same? The owners absolutely want nothing to do with getting rid of roughly 1200 of the best players on the planet. I've worked in baseball for years, I've paid for MLB.tv for a decade despite living in the Twins market because I watch as many games as I can, and I've been a Twins season ticket holder. I won't watch another major league game for the rest of my life if they "broke" the union and just went to minor leaguers because their 57% share of $10B in revenue wasn't enough.

 

While I agree in principal I am not so certain reality wouldn't be different.  I remember the NFL strike and the replacement players.  People still watched and some cities came out ahead because instead of having a bad team suddenly they were competitive.  Fans root for their home team.  If the product is all MiLB players for every team then that is the pool.  Would some fans leave and never come back sure but I am not certain enough of them to make a large enough difference and over time I think it would even out.  Might take a while like the last strike but MLB will still be there the machine is just too big.

Comparing MLB tickets\games to MiLB is disingenuous.  Most MiLB sites are in smaller cities,  the players don't stay there long as they move up levels, they don't have a TV presence\advertising or the marketing the MLB clubs enjoy.  MiLB serves a completely different purpose as that talent bubbles up to MLB which is promoted as the best of the best so that is the league that becomes the most important to fans.  If the MLB players were locked out indefinitely then the best MiLB players would now be the best of the best that fans would watch.

I don't see that the players have a ton of leverage here.  I think they should focus on service time issues as I think that is something fans can get behind.  I agree that players should get at least 50% of the pie revenue speaking and I don't like that we don't get to see the teams books because to me that means they are hiding things.  Things that would most likely show them in a bad light.  I am not for either side really but probably on the players side more given what I know.  The issue is there is only so much they can do if the owners don't open the books.  If they could get that then maybe public outrage would be enough to change things but until then what MLB is offering is likely the best they are going to get.

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3 hours ago, Dman said:

While I agree in principal I am not so certain reality wouldn't be different.  I remember the NFL strike and the replacement players.  People still watched and some cities came out ahead because instead of having a bad team suddenly they were competitive.  Fans root for their home team.  If the product is all MiLB players for every team then that is the pool.  Would some fans leave and never come back sure but I am not certain enough of them to make a large enough difference and over time I think it would even out.  Might take a while like the last strike but MLB will still be there the machine is just too big.

Comparing MLB tickets\games to MiLB is disingenuous.  Most MiLB sites are in smaller cities,  the players don't stay there long as they move up levels, they don't have a TV presence\advertising or the marketing the MLB clubs enjoy.  MiLB serves a completely different purpose as that talent bubbles up to MLB which is promoted as the best of the best so that is the league that becomes the most important to fans.  If the MLB players were locked out indefinitely then the best MiLB players would now be the best of the best that fans would watch.

I don't see that the players have a ton of leverage here.  I think they should focus on service time issues as I think that is something fans can get behind.  I agree that players should get at least 50% of the pie revenue speaking and I don't like that we don't get to see the teams books because to me that means they are hiding things.  Things that would most likely show them in a bad light.  I am not for either side really but probably on the players side more given what I know.  The issue is there is only so much they can do if the owners don't open the books.  If they could get that then maybe public outrage would be enough to change things but until then what MLB is offering is likely the best they are going to get.

I certainly took some liberties and exaggerated, but I strongly disagree that the machine is just too big. In the sense that the league will likely be around for all of our lifetimes, sure, but in the sense that it'll be what it is now? I don't think so. Attendance numbers have been going down for 15 years. World Series viewership has been tanking. Viewership overall is going down, and has been for years. They just lost almost an entire season to covid and saw people change their viewing habits. If they lose games this season, or come out with minor leaguers, I don't know that they ever recover.

Participation in youth baseball has been declining. Now you have the superstars of the sport staying home to watch a bunch of guys the kids have never heard of? I don't think the sport recovers from any missed games, or Chief's suggestion of using minor leaguers. The level of baseball being played would be so far below what the average fan expects of major leaguers they'd lose many of the ones that they didn't lose to the greed of millionaires and billionaires right at the jump. I think the league is in real trouble of remaining even 3rd on the list of American sports leagues. 

Everyone involved with major league baseball wants to keep seeing their pocket books get bigger. I have real concerns that they don't understand what happens if they screw this up and their collective greed causes problems with the 2022 season. Will we still have MLB if this goes into next year or we get replacement players? Sure. Will it be a $10B a year industry? I don't think so. Baseball is dying already and at this point it appears they're trying to help the process along.

This line of discussion began with Chief suggesting the owners break the union and replace them with minor leaguers if need be. My stance is that that doesn't help the owners, the players, or the fans. I think it kills the league as we know it. I also think missing games kills the league as we know it. I'm certainly not educated enough on everything to have such a strong stance, but just looking at the direction the viewership/attendance has been going and adding on top a lockout or strike going into the year and I just don't see that baseball bounces back like those involved in the negotiations seem to think it will.

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On 12/2/2021 at 12:17 PM, USAFChief said:

Here's my letter:

Dear Mr Manfred:

Break the union. Start spring training with minor league players. I guarantee you, a missed paycheck or 2 from the pampered crybabies will have the MLBPA begging to get back on your teams. 

Focus on making the sport more competitive top to bottom. Institute salary floors and caps that are relatively narrow, and all teams can live within. Pay more to minor leaguers, and flatten the payscale of major leaguers. Give players the ability to move around after 6 years of service, but take away the enormous financial advantage of some teams to buy up players that exists now. 

MLB and its fans will be better off with a neutered players union and more competitve league. You'll get some short term bad press, but long term you'll better the sport.

Sincerely,

Chief

Chief, I have a new found respect.  Most people fall into ethnocentric alignment.  In other words, they identify with labor before management so they take the players side and ignore the things the players are demanding is bad for parity and bad for the sport.  We fund these salaries and you considered what's good for fans.  Bravo!

Owners are only lookout for their own best interests but their best interests are the interest of the game.  The demands made by players indicate they are either clueless as to what's good for the game or they just don't care.  While they say they want to get players more in the early part of their career, their proposals focus on things that are good for the highest paid players.  Looks like the Boras effect to me.

I bet the owners would accept ....

Minimum salary of $1M / 1.25M / $1,.5 M for the 1st 3 years.

A salary floor where the difference between the floor and minimum is divided among all prearb players.  The amount could be a running 3 year average to allow teams to adjust to their build cycles.

The 6 year free agent status is something MLB owner should never change for the sake of parity.  I thought their proposal on this item was more than I expected.

One final note ... I am with you on Milb pay.  Quit giving out $7M bonuses to unproven players,  They will get it when they prove they are worth it.  Take 80% of that bonus bonus money and put it into salaries so that all Milb players make a good living.  This practice would add roughly $60K to whatever they are earning now.  AAA players would/should make $100K.  

 

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29 minutes ago, Major League Ready said:

Chief, I have a new found respect.  Most people fall into ethnocentric alignment.  In other words, they identify with labor before management so they take the players side and ignore the things the players are demanding is bad for parity and bad for the sport.  We fund these salaries and you considered what's good for fans.  Bravo!

Owners are only lookout for their own best interests but their best interests are the interest of the game.  The demands made by players indicate they are either clueless as to what's good for the game or they just don't care.  While they say they want to get players more in the early part of their career, their proposals focus on things that are good for the highest paid players.  Looks like the Boras effect to me.

I bet the owners would accept ....

Minimum salary of $1M / 1.25M / $1,.5 M for the 1st 3 years.

A salary floor where the difference between the floor and minimum is divided among all prearb players.  The amount could be a running 3 year average to allow teams to adjust to their build cycles.

The 6 year free agent status is something MLB owner should never change for the sake of parity.  I thought their proposal on this item was more than I expected.

One final note ... I am with you on Milb pay.  Quit giving out $7M bonuses to unproven players,  They will get it when they prove they are worth it.  Take 80% of that bonus bonus money and put it into salaries so that all Milb players make a good living.  This practice would add roughly $60K to whatever they are earning now.  AAA players would/should make $100K.  

 

Why do you think the owners would take the savings from not paying big bonuses and put it towards minor league salaries? Minor leaguers don't have a union. The CBA doesn't dictate minor league pay. It does dictate the MLB draft signing bonuses, though. Those bonuses are the only reason any of the minor leaguers have any money at all. The owners would pocket that money and laugh all the way to the bank. 

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51 minutes ago, Major League Ready said:

Chief, I have a new found respect.  Most people fall into ethnocentric alignment.  In other words, they identify with labor before management so they take the players side and ignore the things the players are demanding is bad for parity and bad for the sport.  We fund these salaries and you considered what's good for fans.  Bravo!

Owners are only lookout for their own best interests but their best interests are the interest of the game.  The demands made by players indicate they are either clueless as to what's good for the game or they just don't care.  While they say they want to get players more in the early part of their career, their proposals focus on things that are good for the highest paid players.  Looks like the Boras effect to me.

I bet the owners would accept ....

Minimum salary of $1M / 1.25M / $1,.5 M for the 1st 3 years.

A salary floor where the difference between the floor and minimum is divided among all prearb players.  The amount could be a running 3 year average to allow teams to adjust to their build cycles.

The 6 year free agent status is something MLB owner should never change for the sake of parity.  I thought their proposal on this item was more than I expected.

One final note ... I am with you on Milb pay.  Quit giving out $7M bonuses to unproven players,  They will get it when they prove they are worth it.  Take 80% of that bonus bonus money and put it into salaries so that all Milb players make a good living.  This practice would add roughly $60K to whatever they are earning now.  AAA players would/should make $100K.  

 

I am generally on the side of labor. In my post-USAF life, I was even a shop steward for a couple years.

However, this isn't anything close to a normal labor management relationship. This is grotesque. Since I can't get behind ownership, and can't get behind the players, I choose what's best for USAFChief.

I want more equal competition between all 30 clubs. One of the things the NFL got right was resisting their player union and setting up a system where all teams have a relatively equal chance at winning. Money isn't a big factor, it's smarts, coaching, good drafting, and some luck. Players still make good money.

For purely selfish reasons, I want MLB to more closely resemble that, and the owners positions will get us much much closer than the players.

The LA Dodgers are everything that's wrong with baseball. I want to eradicate a system where they can purchase a division endlessly.

 

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10 minutes ago, chpettit19 said:

Why do you think the owners would take the savings from not paying big bonuses and put it towards minor league salaries? Minor leaguers don't have a union. The CBA doesn't dictate minor league pay. It does dictate the MLB draft signing bonuses, though. Those bonuses are the only reason any of the minor leaguers have any money at all. The owners would pocket that money and laugh all the way to the bank. 

The MLBPA has ignored minor leaguers since it's formation. MlB players do nothing for minor leaguers. 

 

Try again.

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20 minutes ago, USAFChief said:

The MLBPA has ignored minor leaguers since it's formation. MlB players do nothing for minor leaguers. 

 

Try again.

You're right. They haven't. But that's kind of the point. The MLBPA has no say in anything that has to do with the minor leaguers beyond the draft. The minor leaguers are not union members. The only thing the MLB players can do for minor leaguers is get them bonuses as draft picks. And you want to get rid of that. 

Not sure what you want me to try again. Be mad that the MLBPA isn't negotiating things out of their control? Seems like a weird thing to be mad at the players for.

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That system of paying high school and college players huge bonuses is just plain stupid and has to change.  Most of those players never pan out anyway.  Why pay a high school player millions in signing bonuses having done nothing to earn it?  Also the current commissioner needs to go and the rules that lead to their selection needs to change.  Manfred is a joke.  The system that allows for the commissioner to be a puppet for the owners is ludicrous.

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12 hours ago, chpettit19 said:

Why do you think the owners would take the savings from not paying big bonuses and put it towards minor league salaries? Minor leaguers don't have a union. The CBA doesn't dictate minor league pay. It does dictate the MLB draft signing bonuses, though. Those bonuses are the only reason any of the minor leaguers have any money at all. The owners would pocket that money and laugh all the way to the bank. 

I think the owners would gladly accept a compensation system in the new CBA that reallocated bonus pool money to Milb salaries.  In other words, the new CBA would set salary guidelines that included these funds into Milb salaries.  Why would owners care.  This would be relatively easy.  You have to ask yourself why the emphasis on such a small portion of players.

Those bonuses benefit a relatively small portion of players.  In this case the system is benefiting the players who will eventually become the highest paid players,  At least in theory.  Seems like another Boras influence.  All they need to do to right this system is pay them when they actually earn it at the MLB level.  Playing baseball should not have to be a financial struggle for any Milb players given the amount of money in the game.  They could make life much better for  Take 80% of the already existing bonus pool and pay it out in salary.  That money would fund (roughly) an additional $60K in salary for all players.  The goal should be a system that pays $100K at the AAA level.  

I modeled a system that started at a $1M bonus at 1/1 and decreased by 2% for each pick until it reaches 30K.  The end of the 2nd round is $250K and it gets down to $30K after the 6th round.  It's really a matter of taking care of everyone or only focusing on top picks.  Like I said, seems like another Boras influence.  Lety's pay them when they earn it and eliminate financial hardship for all Milb players.

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On 12/2/2021 at 1:35 PM, bean5302 said:

Manfred's letter sucks because it's obviously trying to tilt public opinion... but that doesn't help owners or players. All it does is stoke the fire of anger in fans. An angry fan base blaming the players or owners is irrelevant because when fans are angry, they quit following the sport. They stop going to the games. They stop spending their money. It doesn't matter who the fans are protesting when the revenue stream dries up.

Yes but this is so typical of "strike talk" in the media.

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