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    USAFChief reacted to MGM4706 in Rob Manfred's Public Arguments Framing the MLBPA's Desires As Harmful to Fans Make Little Sense   
    Author doesn't live in a small market!! Manfred makes sense. If Big Markets can get their hands on Small Market Stars even faster than they do now that is not good for baseball!! Makes perfect sense.
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    USAFChief got a reaction from Rigby in A Letter to MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred   
    The MLBPA has ignored minor leaguers since it's formation. MlB players do nothing for minor leaguers. 
     
    Try again.
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    USAFChief got a reaction from Rigby in A Letter to MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred   
    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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    USAFChief got a reaction from roger in A Letter to MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred   
    The MLBPA has ignored minor leaguers since it's formation. MlB players do nothing for minor leaguers. 
     
    Try again.
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    USAFChief got a reaction from roger in A Letter to MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred   
    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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    USAFChief got a reaction from Karbo in A Letter to MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred   
    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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    USAFChief got a reaction from Major League Ready in Local Man Angrier at Millionaires than Billionaires   
    No, it does not.
     
    Anyone is free to start a professional baseball league. 
     
    Baseball's antintrust exemption allows for fixing minor league salaries and league control over franchise relocation. 
     
    It does not prevent establishment of competition.
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    USAFChief got a reaction from Major League Ready in A Letter to MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred   
    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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    USAFChief reacted to jmlease1 in Rob Manfred's Public Arguments Framing the MLBPA's Desires As Harmful to Fans Make Little Sense   
    Look, I'm not going to pretend the owners are an aggrieved party here. They've been doing very well, and want no changes because right now things favor them overall. 
    That said, Manfred isn't wrong in the points he's choosing to make. All of these changes would create competitive balance issues (some more than others). Reducing revenue sharing? When there's already a huge problem with relative imbalances between franchises? Oof.
    Obviously, Manfred is just trying to get some marketing out to start the finger pointing...but he's not wrong about this particular set of things in this framework. Whether or not how they impact competitive balance also isn't the only thing that matters, either...
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    USAFChief reacted to Major League Ready in A Letter to MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred   
    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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    USAFChief got a reaction from Rigby in A Letter to MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred   
    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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    USAFChief got a reaction from bean5302 in Local Man Angrier at Millionaires than Billionaires   
    No, it does not.
     
    Anyone is free to start a professional baseball league. 
     
    Baseball's antintrust exemption allows for fixing minor league salaries and league control over franchise relocation. 
     
    It does not prevent establishment of competition.
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    USAFChief got a reaction from TwinsDr2021 in Local Man Angrier at Millionaires than Billionaires   
    No, it does not.
     
    Anyone is free to start a professional baseball league. 
     
    Baseball's antintrust exemption allows for fixing minor league salaries and league control over franchise relocation. 
     
    It does not prevent establishment of competition.
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    USAFChief got a reaction from Mark G in Local Man Angrier at Millionaires than Billionaires   
    No, it does not.
     
    Anyone is free to start a professional baseball league. 
     
    Baseball's antintrust exemption allows for fixing minor league salaries and league control over franchise relocation. 
     
    It does not prevent establishment of competition.
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    USAFChief got a reaction from Mark G in Local Man Angrier at Millionaires than Billionaires   
    I call BS.
     
    https://www.ziprecruiter.com/Salaries/Union-Actor-Salary-per-Hour
     
    Average is $55k/yr.
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    USAFChief reacted to Dman in Rob Manfred's Public Arguments Framing the MLBPA's Desires As Harmful to Fans Make Little Sense   
    In my mind Manfred isn't completely wrong.  If that is what the Players union truly wants I would counter propose contracting all teams that currently need revenue sharing to be competitive.  That would allow the other 20 teams to be closer in revenue and then compete at a closer revenue level which would allow for what the Players union wants in terms of player movement and flexibility. All teams would have close to the same amount of money to compete for FA's so there wouldn't be as large a disparity.  Granted the players would lose around 300 jobs but they can gain the flexibility they require.
    Otherwise the players union needs to understand there needs to be a cap of some kind and greater revenue sharing to allow teams to compete in the FA market fairly.  So for me yeah what the players union is proposing is likely the death of my team maybe not right away but most likely eventually. It would strengthen the larger revenue teams and those fans would be happy.  It would also cost the players lots of jobs but increased pay for the ones who remain. 
    With less revenue sharing and a shorter path to free agency teams like Tampa, Oakland, Pittsburgh, and Miami really shouldn't be included in MLB anymore.  It would take a miner miracle for them to compete.  They are able to now only because they control players just long enough to make a run and or can sometimes trade their way back to relevancy.  What the Players union is proposing is their certain death.
    So to me yeah I think Manfred is right their proposal will help the rich teams get richer and the poor teams get poorer.  Eventually teams won't be able to draw fans when all their good players move on after 3 or 4 years to teams that can pay them more in free agency.  I just don't see how this works without more revenue sharing and a cap or contraction to keep spending at a fairer level.  IMO I don't think it will be good for baseball but who knows maybe getting rid of the weaker teams will make the sport stronger?
     
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    USAFChief got a reaction from Dman in A Letter to MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred   
    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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    USAFChief reacted to terrydactyls in Owners' Lockout? Fans Must Boycott   
    A former player's rep was on MLB radio yesterday explaining how the lockout is just standard practice and doesn't mean anything.  He also said that the primary issue keeping a new agreement signed is that the revenue split right now is about 57% to 43% with the players on the low side.  The players want the split to be 50-50.  I was thinking about that yesterday and came to the conclusion that 50-50 seems unreasonable.  How does baseball work?  One side (the owners) insures that there are players to fill out the team, a place to play, a means to travel from series to series, pays salaries, pays office staff, pays stadium personnel, assumes any financial risks involved with the business, and any other overhead costs.  The other side (the players) play a game most of us played as kids.  A 50-50 split in revenue seems to me to be ridiculous.  Now before everyone jumps all over me for defending greedy billionaires, I just want to say I hate what they have done to the game.  Their lack of forethought, planning, and fiscal restraint has raised the cost of going to a game for a non-wealthy family to levels most cannot (or are not willing to) pay.  That greed has ruined the game.
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    USAFChief got a reaction from Hunter48 in A Letter to MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred   
    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.
  20. Yikes, Bro
    USAFChief got a reaction from PseudoSABR in Twins Sign RHP Dylan Bundy   
    We are becoming a joke. 
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    USAFChief got a reaction from bean5302 in Twins Sign RHP Dylan Bundy   
    The trick is not to accumulate pitchers. That's easy. I guarantee the Twins will break camp with 13 or 14 pitchers next spring. As will every team.
     
    The trick is to accumulate pitchers who are better than other team's pitchers. 
    "He could be gone tomorrow" is no more a good thing for a pitcher than "he's cheap to cut" was a good thing for Jake Cave.
     
  22. WTF
    USAFChief got a reaction from theBOMisthebomb in A Letter to MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred   
    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
  23. Yikes, Bro
    USAFChief got a reaction from Sconnie in A Letter to MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred   
    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
  24. Incorrect
    USAFChief got a reaction from Vanimal46 in A Letter to MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred   
    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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    USAFChief reacted to Mike Sixel in Twins Sign RHP Dylan Bundy   
    We've certainly seen that the Twins can't sign new 1 year deals every year and build a staff (see last year and likely this coming year).....so I'm not sure how 1 year deals over and over to fill multiple slots is a good/sustainable idea (maybe they weren't trying to win last year?).
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