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    Welcome to the MLB work stoppage

    Bullplop. Those teams are extremely profitable and well run teams with low payroll are regularly competitive. None of them are filing bankruptcy, even despite actual and significant losses due to COVID. Furthermore, the Royals won a World Series recently. Cleveland and Tampa Bay made World Series appearances. They don’t want to compete, they want to take home a big paycheck for the owners.
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    Welcome to the MLB work stoppage

    The last two weeks saw far more movement than I expected if the season was going to be canceled.
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    Welcome to the MLB work stoppage

    The owners proposal on/about January 15 included their first attempt at realistic core economics proposals. It included things like making arbitration worse for players, but it was a legitimate proposal including all the core economic details. The players responded in a professional way last Monday - by giving a core economics proposal that they would accept, which included the major concession of dropping the request for shorter paths to free agency which the owners held up as the players' most unreasonable request. This is legitimate progress on the core economic issues. They are far closer than they were in early January, where the players had made a full and detailed proposal and the owners had only given piecemeal ideas back in November. Again, they could stall today. It's the owners' turn to counter things, and their next proposal could be to repeat their last proposal giving no ground or they could wait another 43 days before offering it. But it is wrong to say that they haven't talked about the core economic issues.
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    Welcome to the MLB work stoppage

    We are absolutely closer than we were 3 weeks ago, let alone November. When the owners made what was basically their first non-ludicrous proposal, the MLBPA came back with a much closer to a compromise offer than I thought they would. There has been progress. Whether it stalls or not I won't guess, but progress was made. If you want to be pissed at the owners waiting 43 days to make an offer they could have made in November, that would be totally fair.
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    Welcome to the MLB work stoppage

    The players gave the owners back a dramatically different proposal on Monday, one much closer to something the owners might be able to accept as the #1 point the owners said no to was removed. It shouldn't be surprising that it is taking them a few days to respond on the core issues.
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    Welcome to the MLB work stoppage

    The players dropped the requests for earlier free agency in their most recent proposal. In terms of increasing payrolls, I think it’s extremely important that baseball forces those teams to do that. They are getting $100 million in revenue sharing before they sell a single ticket and then putting out teams full of AA ball players while the owners are pocketing the difference. This is a big reason why those franchises have no one caring. To build a fan base with an expansion team, you need to get people interested and keep them interested for years, make it something they live with and grow up with. One wild card appearance every five years is a franchise no one cares about. 20k will go to the games, but the franchise will never grow interest. A minimum salary where they pay some of their own players more, where the “losing on purpose” strategy is less profitable, and where there are new strategies to building a team like sending along bad contracts in trades more often would be a benefit to baseball as a whole. Your owners pocketing those big profits is great for them, bad for fans, bad for those franchises long term, and bad for baseball as a whole.
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    2021 NFL Season Thread

    Out of the 4 coaches remaining, only Andy Reid had previous experience.
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    Welcome to the MLB work stoppage

    Yes, major league baseball’s regular season is supposed to be a marathon. You play almost every day, and get one break for the all star game. That’s both part of the challenge and part of the fun. I can sit down every weekend and know the White Sox will have a game that day if I want to put it on.
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    The Second Base Options (as it stands)

    I guarantee you there would be many days where you would care. You just have to hope none of them wind up being really important days.
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    The Second Base Options (as it stands)

    Jimenez/Vaughn, Robert, Schwarber sounds like a really tough situation for White Sox pitchers. Robert is excellent defensively, but also coming off a massive hip injury which could cost him some speed permanently. The others are just various flavors of bad.
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    2021 NFL Season Thread

    And that GM was picked unanimously by a committee led by a 79 year old multiple time GM/team president.
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    The Second Base Options (as it stands)

    Who do the white Sox actually have at 2b? Leury right now? Which means that the only backup IF is Romy because Leury is playing everyday? As long as no one gets hurt the entire season and Leury improves quite a bit there are no flaws in that.
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    Welcome to the MLB work stoppage

    One nice thing about "10 teams in the playoffs" is that most years that puts the dividing line right around 90 wins. Some years (2021 Dodgers) it winds up letting in a team that has an insane number of wins, and every now and then you see 85 or 86 get that second wild card but not often.
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    The Second Base Options (as it stands)

    I am not sure I like that trade but I'm going to give the logic. Given that Abreu will probably fossilize before he's no longer crewing 1b for the White Sox, if there's a hole that it is ok to open on this roster, it's trading one of Vaughn, Sheets, and Eloy. That's 3 guys covering DH and LF, and those 2 positions are generally fairly easy to fill with people from the minors or at the trade deadline, DH in particular you can fill pretty readily by just giving guys extra rest and playing your bench more. Furthermore, those 3 are perhaps the least flexible players on the roster as you can't exactly move them to CF or 3b if someone gets hurt; carrying all 3 actually creates some roster limits as 4 man bench with Vaughn and a backup catcher means you have 2 players left who need to be able to cover CF, RF, 3b, SS, and 2b on any given day. If one of those 2 spots is Engel, you almost need a 5 position-player bench to make sure you have depth if 2 IFs go out. Out of those 3, Vaughn almost certainly is the only one with value to a team like Arizona. In this case you are filling a hole with Marte by trading from the only position on the roster where you have too many players.
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    The Second Base Options (as it stands)

    Not if he comes out and has a next season that was comparable to his 2021. His value would drop dramatically then.
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    Welcome to the MLB work stoppage

    Things people on a White Sox message board write by instinct: ”September baseball is meaningless crap”.
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    Welcome to the MLB work stoppage

    I'm also allowed to say this as a fan - I like having high intensity sports competitions and getting to watch this happen. I agree that 10 teams feels like too many, but I also really like the one game play-ins. And further...if the teams making those wild cards weren't good enough - they would rarely win the world series. They win it fairly often, so at the very least, there are teams in the top 10 that can handle every other opponent they get in high-pressure, winner take all competition. I don't know that there's a magic number, but I do like the current setup in terms of producing darn good television.
  18. I'm familiar with a specific "Ivan came back with a completely different body in Detroit" thing with him, and obviously Ortiz has an actual positive test, but is there anything specific about Piazza? We've got an admission that he used Andro, but that wasn't even illegal or banned by MLB at the time. If all a person had taken was Andro, which was banned by the IOC but not baseball or the law, I have a hard time making the case against that guy. With an actual positive test, I have to put Ortiz in particular on a different level from the other guys you mention. I think IRod might have, but might have done so with things that were quasi legal. I know Ortiz broke federal controlled substance laws.
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    Welcome to the MLB work stoppage

    Absolutely, if by raising salaries you also improve the quality of employee that you receive. Person 1: makes $10 per hour, produces 1 widget per hour. Cost per widget: $10. Person 2: Makes $15 per hour, produces 2 widgets per hour. Cost per widget: $7.50.
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    Welcome to the MLB work stoppage

    Because now you have to verify to me how that wage increase turned into actual costs affecting the other employees, which means I need effectively your full roster of employees, their work hours, and their previous salaries, as well as the revenue from those ancillary businesses (which can readily be impacted by the quality of employees you are able to bring in). You can't just say "oh it raised my costs by a factor of 3" and have me accept it.
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    Welcome to the MLB work stoppage

    Oh no, saying what you just said is the exact mistake that owner made, because it's appropriate to ask for verification of those cost increases in a collective bargaining session.
  22. Something tells me that the 2006, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2014 teams will be leaving that list in 5 years.
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