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July 31, 2017

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Filed under: baseball,Moneyball,On Baseball,Sports — baseball91 @ 9:28 PM
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To the victors go the spoils in an increasingly materialistic time. Frozen Stiff. The reserve clause. The first time. So you were drafted. Someone choose your name. in the “When A Man Falls From the Sky” story. 

Why does the Players Association get involved in Collective Bargaining for those kids who never have had a professional baseball contract? The system, that Curt Flood objected to, is one of servitude. A kid is required to avail himself to “the system,” as worked out by the slaves and the slave masters. The system, of hero worship, when someone makes claim to you. Place To Be Determined. The news system in which teams are not allowed, like in Oakland, to take money from baseball and keep it — “They don’t spend it on the players!”

Did your know that minor League minimum salary has increased in 2016 to $86,500 in 2017, $88,000 in 2018.

According to an article in Forbes by Brian Menickella, the draft choice, “often considered the best player,” is available to the team with the previous year’s worst record – but only if the team can sign him, Menickella fails to say. The Houston Astros failed to come to terms with a young pitcher [Brady Aiken] – the first one chosen in 2014 – in the past few years, who went on in 2015 to have Tommy John surgery. According to Brian Menickella in his stilted language, each ‘drafting slot’ NOW has an associated signing bonus value; higher slots have a higher value. He means the earlier you are chosen, the more money you can get, if the team that chose you feel you are worth what the Commissioner’s office feels you should be.

In an article in Forbes by Brian Menickella who clearly does not have the language of the game down – those in the game talk about the round of a draft – going through 40 rounds of the draft, there are 315 slots, if a ball club can sign those drafted … later. Based upon budgets and a collective bonus pool. And the Major League Draft never used to be limited to 40 rounds.

“The new Collective Bargaining Agreement with the Players Association became operative December 1, 2016, shifting significantly the financial impact,” according to Brian Menickella, by revaluing downward the signing bonus teams “can” pay top round draftees. The MLB free agent draft takes place each June, with ‘reduced incentives,’ changing perhaps some player strategies, he writes, about the Unproven. According to Brian Menickella’s stilted language, the Collective Bargaining Agreement “now values the top slot at $7,770,700, more than $1.2 million less than the 2016 value;” he means the first round pick in 2016 was valued by the Commissioner’s office at $8.97 million. The second round draft choice according to the Commissioner’s office has been reduced by $569,700. Menickella states how each team has the same number “of slots.” He says, each team aggregates differing amounts of money to sign an unproven kid. “Depending on which slots they’ve ‘earned’ ” – if the draft is based upon the worst records of the prior year, there is a perversion in the writer use of terms in a financial magazine – “the designated signing bonus-value of each round changes.”

What Brian Menickella never says, and what he perhaps does not know, is whether each team is required to spend the same amount of money in a given draft-year. A team does NOT spend “to attract new players through the draft process’ as he suggests but rather, on an individual basis, tries to sign a player after he is drafted. It seems like Brian Menickella is a technical writer who tried to explain how my automobile works, or is writing contracts without the easy-to-read style of insurance policies which began in 1976. “Aggregated slot-values become the team’s ‘Bonus Pool,’ for a given draft, he writes.

Driven to excess by its own triumph, as the revolution has turned into a reign of terror, the new Collective Bargaining Agreement ties overall MLB revenues to the bonus pool. Should MLB grow in popularity, measured by revenue and not television ratings, so will the fortunes of the players still playing high school ball. Brian Menickella never addresses whether there is a penalty for exceeding any existing mandated cap in the Collective Bargaining Agreement.
“A team may sign a number of players for which they have slots from any of,” what he calls, “three player ‘pots:’

1) international players 2) free agents and 3) rule 4 (first year) players”

It sounds a lot like a slave market, as J.G. Taylor Spink Award nominee Menickella describes, only with the kid and his agent getting the money. Those kids from the Dominican Republic never before have been subject to the draft, nor the rules with regard to their age, when they were signed.

The first draft governed by the new Collective Bargaining Agreement rules occurred six weeks ago. It is this Collective Bargaining Agreement that sets the values of the “draft slots,” Brian Menickella says ….rather than the market. There is now a more narrow margin between the top and mid-range bonuses compared to the past year or two, Brian Menickella says, about price-and-wage controls. What he says but does not know is that a player “no long risks a higher loss if they hold out to play on teams with a lower slot that are a better fit for that athlete.” Is he trying to say the first round draft in 2011 Brett Austen who elected to play college baseball rather than sign, who lost out big when he was drafted in the fourth round and signed in June 2014 for $450,000, an amount well below what he would have received as a first round draft choice …. is protected for life, by his draft slotting?

What he never says is that a team is now playing Monopoly, where real currency does not work. In what Brian Menickella does not know, the Commissioner is dealing out his Monopoly money for money to be spent on undrafted kids in the international pool. This is like the Federal Reserve, where the Fed is privately owned, bailing out banks if not franchises. Only the Commissioner is Janet Yellen. And everyone gets more than $200 to start the game.

“The change in value significantly affects a team’s recruiting opportunity,” Menickella says, mindful of rush week on a college campus, “since IT reduces its own total bonus pool value, while also reducing the signing bonuses available for each player.” Whatever IT refers to. A team may spend up to the aggregate total value for their pool of “bonuses,” but suffer penalties if they spend more than their total bonus amount. If a selected player rejects an offer, the team loses that signing bonus money associated with that slot – along with a significant amount of wiper fluid in the reservoir – if an organization does not feel their draftee is worth what the Commissioner’s office feels it should be. Should a team sign a kid for less than the Commissioner’s recommended signing bonus value, the balance remains in their pool of “bonuses” to be used for signing other players.

Before this season, with his Central Scouting Bureau, the Commissioner’s Office recommended a signing bonus value for each slot; a team, depending on their budget, could offer that recommended value to an unproven kid, more or less. In 2016, per Brian Menickella, the value of the first pick per the Commissioner’s Office slotting was $9.015 million, though the Phillies signed the number one – Mickey Moniak – for $6.1 million, leaving $3 million for other subsequent draft choices. And Menickella does like to talk about slots instead of unproven people who he does not know. Value of the second pick, per the Commissioner’s Office that year, was $7.7 million, though Cincinnati signed theirs for $6.2 million, $100,000 more than the Phillies spent on their first pick. Brian Menickella never questions the methods/valuation used by Commissioner’s Office in recommended signing negotiations. Is this what the Central Scouting Bureau had come down to and why the Dodgers long ago decided to have no part? Slotting is now public information if someone with all “the knowledge of” a poor SOB like Brian Menickella can get a hold of. To try and get his share.

The danger, indeed. Living in a place with or without “conceal and carry” laws, did you ever wonder what a guy like a player’s agent really carried?

Each big league team will now establish a Player/Management Advisory Council that will work with a full-time chef and registered dietician to improve clubhouse nutrition. And in the minor leagues, swim lessons for players stuck in the bonus pool? On nutrition and dietary supplements, MLB and the Players Association will jointly retain a dietician to provide recommendations to players and teams. Is this for the fat cats in front office too?

Inexplicably, besides the average player’s salary, under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, each ball club is required to contribute to an aggregate $200 million each year for pension and medical benefits. When $4 million is not enough [the average MLB salary]. Note the reduction to the ten-day disabled list instead of the fifteen-day one. The standard disabled list had been 21 days until 1990, and 15 days until 2017. There is 60 day disabled list too. And then the list if a player voluntary retires.

And on a voluntary basis, all teams must provide access to a sports psychologist.

#international Bonus Pool #bonus pool money #Collective Bargaining Agreement



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    “Sent in the July 31 trade along with two unproven arms was $500,000 in international bonus pool money for the 2017-18 signing period which boosts their approved international cap to $5.75 million, on par with any other team,” said the morning paper.

    So a team is now playing Monopoly, where real currency does not work. In what Brian Menickella does not know, the Commissioner is dealing out his Monopoly money for money to be spent on undrafted kids in the international pool. This is like the Federal Reserve, where the Fed is privately owned, bailing out banks if not franchises.

    Comment by baseball91 — August 1, 2017 @ 10:00 AM | Reply

  2. The day is coming when Major League Baseball will have oversight like is provided by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, or by the Securities and Exchange Commission. While the nation was preparing for Thanksgiving, the Commissioner of Baseball punished the Atlanta Braves for the goings-on over the past three years under their president of baseball operations. It was not just these rules over international bonus money, it was the method of operation with the free agency draft. The wrong-doing was under the leadership of this graduate of the University of Notre Dame. And he has of course filed a law suit over his termination …. even though he is now banned for life by Major League Baseball.

    In June 2017, the “Spahn and Sain and pray for rain!” brazen Brave franchise drafted and signed with their second round pick one Drew Waters, who was convinced to sign for an amount under-the-commissioner’s-bonus slot by the team’s promise to make up the difference later — like a player to be named later — with tactics described by the Commissioner as “impermissible benefits.” Only the Commissioner is allowed to manipulate the domestic draft, when it comes to an acceptable form of slavery under “the system.” If you wanted to play professional baseball.

    The fly in the ointment – under the current 300 page basic agreement outlining The System of hero worship, when someone makes claim to you – is each team has a set amount of money that be annually spent on international free agents. If exceeded, a team suffers penalties in the amount of money they can spent on players the following year, as set by the Commissioner.

    The Commissioner is King. The Commissioner’s system allows only certain franchises, based up the size of the principality, to contend for power that The System of hero worship, when someone makes claim to you, ruled by television ratings, approves of. “Former GM of the Rockies and a long-time executive for the Indians Dan O’Dowd called the penalties, “the NCAA version of the death penalty,” reports the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Considered to have the top farm system in baseball at the start the 2017 season by several publications, even with the penalties The Braves still have a deep system, writes Paul Hoynes. As if he really knows.

    Can you pick out the fallacy in Paul Hoynes, from what he writes? “Some” in baseball were surprised he [the Commissioner] was unable to get that [‘that’ being an all-world draft] included in the last basic agreement with the players. Who are these unnamed “some”? But investigations like the one with the Braves may help Manfred eventually get that [again ‘that’ being this all-world draft to include the Dominican Republic] instituted. Isn’t this investigating what the Office of the Commissioner is there for in the first place? So how will the everyday workings accelerate anything in a game where cheating has been going on, in the public eye, since at least the Mitchell Commission Investigation? Paul, did you know about the investigation of the Saint Louis Cardinals? How about what transpired with the guy in charge of Baseball Operations in San Diego in September 2016? And how about the Boston Red Sox? Many feel it’s the only way to end the corruption involved in player acquisition in countries not covered by MLB’s first-year player draft. Who are these “many” who feel? And what is the “it” which you state is the only way to end corruption? Did you believe there is no evil in the people in Sports?

    How does the Commissioner think? And what kind of agent had Drew Waters hired? What, in this Reconstruction, about the emotions when your had come to know your teachers, your teammates, your new home for these young men, including allegedly the top five prospects of the international class of 2016 – Juan Contreras, Abraham Gutierrez, Kevin Maitan, Yenci Pena, and Yunior Severino plus 8 others. Of the slaves that the Commissioner freed from the Atlanta Brave farm system, based upon the chains of the system, will the other 29 teams step forward now able to dip into their 2018-19 bonus pools or use money left-over from the current international signing period to help these captives set free? How heartless the Commissioner, the agents, the corporate owners are forty years into free agency to all the FORCED IN. And how did The Atlanta Braves not lose Drew Waters in all of this punishment?

    Don’t look back. Something might be gaining on you.

    As for money annually spent on international free agents, if exceeded, a team suffers penalties in the amount of money they can spent on players the following year, as set by the Commissioner. In the penalties, the Commissioner took away the careers of two executives who felt that they were answerable to no one [in the publicly traded Atlanta Braves Corporation], the $20 million player investment in player development -if you believed Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports- but something affecting the inalienable identity in the fan base in Atlanta with their brand new stadium, with a sense of emotional attachment when you seem to come to know an athlete. If you knew what words mean, in this franchise that started in Boston, moved to Milwaukee and settled in their third stadium in Atlanta. As if any baseball fan in this day and age had the rights associated through The System which are ‘unable to be taken away from, or given away.”

    In the “When A Man Falls From the Sky” story, about the beginning. With The System, of hero worship, when someone makes claim to you, with The Place To Be Determined. The Commissioner. The Garden of Eden. The Notre Dame grad who did not believe in the system which was like lipstick on a pig, as one form of slavery. Then to dare damage our MLB name! To damage ‘our’ system of Slavery, involving the young dealing with belonging to a place which is NOT home! With some kind of perverted sense of justice, to see “them” retain in Atlanta that ranking? To exploit the system and to be a victor? Banish both of them!

    What did Satchel Page say? Omnificent is having unlimited powers of creation, having created all things without any reliance on other creatures, like in the way of evolution? From the list of 100 …. of the ‘must see,’ The Draft of free agents. The FORCED IN, in Major League Baseball’s version of selective service, going to war. . . except in the Dominican Republic. The irony in all his Omnificent, is to find the Commissioner bend his rules over his international bonus pool money for the signing of these now FORCED OUT players from the Atlanta Braves system. In dealing with the Original Sin of baseball, there now, with his own sense of detachment like for the players — that under free agency has led to a sense of detachment involving the Forced IN and the Forced OUT, for the front office executive for The Braves now of Atlanta — is this new commissioner operating after Bud Selig but without Bud’s awareness of the solemnity, in the beginning … of a relationship. In the search for a HOME for a young man displaced, contractually, trying to get back home … like Bud never left Milwaukee, there is a tension that comes with being Omnificent, to the adopted, as if formed without any reliance on other creatures, like in the way of evolution. And there comes a certain missing Spirit in a Land if there is no gestation period for so many who seem frightened of the past, in the original script, before all the adaptations, in the revised yearbooks under free agency.

    Comment by baseball91 — November 25, 2017 @ 4:31 PM | Reply

  3. Speaking of the business of baseball, did you note the reasons behind this announced trade?

    Comment by baseball91 — December 16, 2017 @ 8:02 PM | Reply

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