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  1. For your lockout enjoyment: https://www.japantimes.co.jp/sports/2022/01/14/baseball/japanese-baseball/yamamoto-takatsu-hall/ https://www.mlb.com/news/shingo-takatsu-white-sox-cult-hero Second all-time in NPB saves https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=takats001shi
  2. Eminor3rd

    Welcome to the MLB work stoppage

    I would just add that there’s a difference between tanking to save money/collect draft picks and tanking to let new, younger talent develop. I think bmags’ point is a good one — the Sox we’re great example of a team that kept throwing good money into a bad team and accomplishing nothing but stopping that team from being allowed to develop a sorely needed new core. As long as there is enough pressure for teams to continue to develop and overcome new versions of a metagame, the competitive landscape will be healthy (even if there are some hiccups in some places). Its up to the labor unions and the administration to ensure that the current metagame isn’t blatantly exploitative for the lives of the players involved. It’s probably unrealistic to expect there to be any sort of perfect equilibrium on that front — but as long as there’s always action and movement and conversation, it’ll remain a mutually beneficial situation on average, like it’s been for the past several decades.
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    Kyle Seager retiring

    Good for him. Get the benefit of being a one-franchise guy, being in a spot where hanging around for a few more years wasn’t going to make a meaningful difference on how people perceived your numbers, and being able to be in a financial position where a few extra years of retirement was gonna be worth more than a few extra years of earning.
  4. Eminor3rd

    Welcome to the MLB work stoppage

    (1) They ARE talking. (2) This was never, ever going to be quick. It’s almost literally a staring contest. For either side to concede quickly would be for that side to let its constituents down. The broad strokes of dividing this money have been settled for decades; there’s nothing on the table that can be mutually beneficial, they both want as much of the same pile of money as they can get. If there is a pause in daily communication, it is intentional and is serving the same purpose as daily communication. Silence is a message, and that’s why silence is being reported to you. (3) If it’s boring, remember that it’s labor negotiations, not entertainment. It would be surprising if it wasn’t boring. Ask yourself why you expect anything else. (4) Remember that ALL public messaging released by either party, either directly or through their respective media cronies, ALL OF IT, is PR that is meant to sway public opinion in order to apply pressure. There is literally zero reason for any of this to leave closed doors otherwise. In fact, everything leaked carries some level of risk, and is only very carefully deployed. If you feel emotionally moved by a talking point, recognize that one entity or the other is trying to use you and it’s working. (5) If all of this starts to feel silly, and like something you shouldn’t feel like you have business following or feeling involved in, you’re getting closer to an important truth. The writers will claw their eyes out because they have to, you do not.
  5. Eminor3rd

    Welcome to the MLB work stoppage

    Minor league owners do not pay the players. The players are all employees of the MLB team. Minor league owners DO, frequently, pay for the players accommodations. In the MLBs mafia takeover of the MiLB this past year, they accepted a greater responsibility of those accommodations in return for near total control over the league and its operating decisions. The MLB has since been making cursory improvements in those accommodations and trying to use them as positive PR.
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    Welcome to the MLB work stoppage

    Here’s another way to look at it: I think many would agree with me that one of the largest issues facing our nation today is the vastly widening “wealth gap.” Every cent the players wrest from the owners widens the wealth gap. The “pie” that the owners/players are fighting over is the liquid operating revenue of each franchise. They are NOT fighting over the masses of illiquid wealth and equity that the owners hold. An increase in the percentage of the operating revenue that goes to the players is a decrease in the percentage of the revenue that goes to paying for everything that makes the game happen, which includes the money that pays for the salaries of every worker in the organization. I can tell you, firsthand, that the teams will not operate beyond their means for any significant period of time. I can also tell you, firsthand, that the bottom line is a direct input on the available player payroll in a given year. If the operating revenue is lower in favor of the player payroll, this means fewer seasonal workers, fewer salaried benefits, fewer infrastructure investments (which puts franchise money into the hands of local businesses), etc. Note that I am NOT defending ownership with this argument. I’m simply illustrating that a “win” for the players union is not a “win for labor” in the sense that people imagine it is. I am all for supporting better wealth distribution in this country. Wealth distribution between one-percenters is NOT that. Narratives that make the financial “struggles” of one-percenters seem like the struggles of the average person are PR campaigns.
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    Welcome to the MLB work stoppage

    I will say that one of the things that would surprise almost every fan (it certainly surprised me), is how much smaller the profit margins are in sports than we assume. The revenue is massive and growing, but the operating costs are also massive and growing. The owners are getting rich off of long-term, illiquid asset growth. A VERY high percentage of the liquid profit goes back into the team, because doing so drives long-term value. A lot of that reinvestment is in the form of product improvements like stadium renovations, etc., but changes in payroll are part of it, too.
  8. Eminor3rd

    Welcome to the MLB work stoppage

    Yes, mindless generalizations. Exactly what I meant by “childish” and “beneath us all.” That sort of Neanderthal-level simplification is precisely what tilts me about this conversation. “You’re either union or you’re not” is some of the dumbest shit I’ve ever seen. Can one “be” pro-union and consider any given union demand as an overreach, or is that to high-brow? Or would that thought, by definition make someone “anti-union”? If you want to see an example of a union being allowed to bury its own members and ruin tens of thousands of careers by doing EXACTLY what it wanted to do, look into the story of the Bethlehem Steel corporation. That’s one real world example of what happens when you insist things are as simple as “always push on one direction no matter what.” Everything requires context, and context shifts. Insisting things are black and white when they aren’t makes for easy platitudes, but it isn’t reality. Also, if you don’t see the difference between a MLBPA labor (where the “labor” is only wealthiest fraction of the actual workers affected, and its interests are in direct opposition with the interests of the rest of the labor) dispute and a public teacher labor dispute (where the “labor” actually represents the bottom of the rung, and the market has provided no means of leverage for the workers involved), I don’t know what to tell you.
  9. Eminor3rd

    Welcome to the MLB work stoppage

    I’m sorry, this subject tilts me when people start getting righteous in either direction, It makes absolutely zero sense to give a shit about this on an emotional level. The very concept of “are you for the owners or for the players? Are for the millionaires or for the billionaires??” is insultingly childish and should be beneath all of us. There is NO moral high ground here. These are two extremely wealthy, extremely prepared private interest groups engaged in pushing their own interests as far as they can possibly push them. They do not care about you AT ALL. They do not care about fairness; they do not care about morals. They are both simply trying to take as much of the “pie” as they can. There is nothing moral or ethical about it, and they will make no concessions for your interests whatsoever. The fan matters only to the extent that it affects the negotiation. If you find yourself being appealed to by either side, understand that, EVERY TIME, the side you’re hearing from is trying manipulate you for leverage. It is cringey af to act like your stance on this says something about your virtues. Why would you even HAVE a stance? These are two departments in an entertainment mogul trying to decide how to divide YOUR money. “Labor vs. the man”? GMAFB. This is like virtue signaling in favor of car salesmen vs. car manufacturers. Who would ever give a shit about that that wasn’t directly involved? Please, for the sake of humanity, have more self respect than that. Everyone involved in this in this negotiation is living better than you and has everything they need to ensure they’ll keep doing so, however the chips fall. And if you read this and find yourself angry at me for not understanding or respecting the “greater narrative” about the importance of labor unions, get back to me when you start giving a shit about teachers unions, or nurses unions, or any other group that is actually important and could actually use the support of your moral outrage.
  10. Oh lord it took us two weeks to go into full counterfactual mode🤣
  11. Eminor3rd

    5 year anniversary of the start of the rebuild

    I was at this winter meetings attending seminars, it was fun having it be such a topic on everyone's mind at the hotel bars. I also saw KW at the trade show. He was walking around like someone who had been very stressed and was intentionally trying to find a way to appear less stressed.
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    White Sox sign Leury Garcia to 3 year deal

    Agreed, they can spend or trade their way to success still, certainly. And they might.
  13. Eminor3rd

    White Sox sign Leury Garcia to 3 year deal

    It's true that we (I) need to remember that you can't always line everything up in the order you want it. Maybe Leury was on the verge of signing somewhere else, etc. As of today, though, I'd rather have seen them walk away from that than compromise the other stuff. But, time will tell if it really might compromise the other stuff.
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    White Sox sign Leury Garcia to 3 year deal

    This sentiment only makes sense outside of context. It doesn't matter where you "start," you have to includes everything to actually judge a deal. No one has a problem with the idea of paying a useful backup $5.5m a year. It's the $5.5m on top of the $7m on top of whatever you end up eating on the Kimbrel deal and how all of that adds up to a big chunk of what we know the Sox are going to spend but all the big holes remain.
  15. Eminor3rd

    White Sox sign Leury Garcia to 3 year deal

    The point is that they'll be better off without someone like Leury than they will be without someone like Chris Taylor. So if signing Leury might prevent you from signing Chris Taylor, you're doing it wrong. If signing Chris Taylor turns out to prevent you from signing Leury, you're in a better position. You can find SOME version of Leury Garcia if you HAVE to, on a minor league or one year MLB deal when spring training starts, even if he's inferior to Leury. But you can't find an extra $10m a year to win the bidding for the starter you need. Having a good bench replacement is definitely important, but it isn't more important than having the starter that he might need to replace. EDIT: But point taken on bench still being a legitimate "need." I probably should have characterized is a significantly SMALLER need, such that it belongs in a lower tier.