This is the worst part – the waiting. The space in time between the action and the reaction. Last night’s semi-gigantic report from ESPN’s Outside the Lines on MLB gleefully hopping into bed — offering to “drop the lawsuit it filed against Bosch in March, indemnify him for any liability arising from his cooperation, provide personal security for him and even put in a good word with any law enforcement agency that might bring charges against him” — with scumbag drug pusher Tony Bosch in a brazen attempt to punish ballplayers who violated baseball’s Joint Drug Agreement is only the beginning.
Right now, there is only speculation. Right now, there is only weary headshaking as to the depths the league will go to decorate their regal home with the heads of the transgressors. Who will it be? How will this change the game? How made will the union get?
Into that vacuum enters speculation and pontification. Many column inches and blogposts and hot twitter takes and tortured metaphors will for the greater good of shaming MLB for their specious lawsuit meant to squeeze a desperate, pathetic man. Or, alternately, the praise chorus will sing loudly as Bud Selig and his crew finally clean up the game for good.
The cheaters will be banished! The playing field levelled! Consumer confidence will hit an all-time high and the league and players’ union will finally get down to the business of making money. If only it were that simple.
Slightly encouraging news from Yahoo! Sports reporter Jeff Passan who suggests the MLB plan to take the draft into Latin America might be shelved for another year. The largely unpopular choice to further exploit the international labor pool was recently opposed by many current players. Miguel Cabrera, Felix Hernandez and Robinson Cano were among 150 current players from the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, and Cuba to sign a petition circulated during Spring Training voicing the current generation’s opposition to the international draft. Even players from Puerto Rico — Carlos Beltran and Yadier Molina among them — signed the petition, after their own experiences as Latin Americans with experience in the draft.
According to Passan, the league and union have agreed to put off the decision until next year, meaning business as usual in Latin America.
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The Seattle Mariners already purchased one of the largest televisions in the world and are owned by a company best known for creating some of the most popular video games in history. Why not complete the entertainment trifecta and buy up the company which current owns the team’s broadcasting rights?
The good people at Seattle Mariners Inc are going to do just that, as reports indicate the Mariners ownership group will buy a controlling interest in ROOT Sports, the regional sports network that broadcasts the Mariners and partner with DirectTV to create a new regional sports network partnership. The Mariners deal with ROOT features an opt out clause after the 2015, at which point the new DirecTV partnership will take over, one can only assume.
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One of the new wrinkles in the latest baseball Collective Bargaining Agreement limits the international spending of all teams to a hard cap. Should any team exceed that cap, they are subject to harsh penalties, paying dollar-for-dollar once they surpass the cap by 15 percent.
Even more eye-opening/galling, teams that blow through the cap may not sign an international free agent to a deal worth more than $250000 during the following year. Crazy.
Even more crazy? The first team to subject itself to Bud’s penalties is none other than the Tampa Bay Rays, champions of the frugal arts.
Ben Badler of Baseball America details how the Rays threw money at each and every Latin teenager they came across this year, leaving the international spending cap in the dust and opening themselves to the full punishment of the law.
With all the splendor and wonderment of a 9am press release, the wealthy people who own…everything announced the Dodgers new TV venture officially has a name: Sportsnet LA. Hardball Talk has all the DYNAMIC verbiage associated with just such a press release but basically the cash officially starts flowing in 2014.
While it is easy to agree with the sentiments voiced by Pirates fans and their ilk, this is the same system the Yankees have operated under for going on 20 years and baseball survives. There is a nefarious side to the deal, as the Lackey points to in an earlier tweet.