The Major League Baseball Players Association found another way to shoot themselves in the foot. They also managed to find a way to shoot minor leaguers in the foot. The new deal allows a 26th man come 2020. It also allows a 27th man for doubleheaders and a max roster of 28 in September (required), instead of up to 40. Now, the union has found a way to screw over minor leaguers even further. They also increased the power of the ownership.
In a piece I wrote two weeks ago about Sean Doolittle and Slade Heathcott’s exercises in helping the union in the face of huge opposition by fans and the union itself, I noted how minor leaguers are basically told to screw off on their own. Slade Heathcott and co. with More Than Baseball has worked tirelessly on helping minor leaguers. Minor leaguers are not part of the union, which is an incredible mistake. 99% of players, including the union boss, were all underpaid minor leaguers at one time.
I will miss September callups when new roster rules take effect in 2020
⚾️ No more reward callups for Triple-A players not on 40-man
⚾️ Fewer prospects get foot-in-the-door experience
Yes, the stream of pitching changes are annoying, but isn't that the point of 3-batter rule?
— Matt Eddy (@MattEddyBA) March 14, 2019
The idea of a September call-up helped get these players some money, and if they pitched well, a chance at postseason winnings later on. That kind of money is helpful in paying the bills when the owners refuse to pay them a living wage. Now, with the elimination of September call-ups, at least 12 players have lost their chances at getting some well-needed funds. Two players get September call-ups, an extra month’s pay. That is fine. Now, why are the other 12 told to screw off?
Let us look at this perspective. September call-ups are chances for players to make their MLB debut. This writer loves MLB debuts. They only come once in your life, and you want to see a player succeed. The player has his blood flowing, and he is having the time of his life. The fans love it; the team loves it. Now, this will be unlikely to happen. The second perspective is this: some people use September call-ups to gift a good minor leaguer not on the 40-man roster. Now, because they are not on the 40-man roster, they are screwed.
With these new plans, the union has found a way to make sure that the owners of Major League Baseball keep payroll down by keeping minor leaguers in the minors. Making the minor leaguers stay there keeps them cheap at <$20,000 a year. What benefit does the union gain from this? Anything? If anything, they have punished the minor leaguers even further. What kind of model is the union showing?
Now, the union has basically suggested that players should go to other sports and make quicker money. Baseball has the promise of the biggest money, but it is a toil to get there, and there are no guarantees. Just ask Kyler Murray what he thinks about that. The Oakland Athletics tried to pay him to drop football. Whatever they offered was not enough. Is that not enough of a black eye in this day and age?
Congrats, Tony Clark, you are turning into quite the ownership shill.
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