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MLBPA will announce new CBA next week

Posted on: November 17, 2011 7:03 pm
Edited on: November 18, 2011 8:27 pm
By Matt Snyder

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Talk about showing the NBA (and the NFL, for that matter) how it's done. Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association have come to terms on a new collective bargaining agreement, as Danny Knobler of has confirmed a deal will be announced early next week.

Ken Rosenthal of is reporting the deal is for five years. If that's true, it will be November of 2016 when we next have this conversation. Hopefully it will be less than a month after the end of the World Series again that time around.

Details of the deal aren't all fully available just yet, but we already know about the Astros move to the American League and the strong likelihood that there will be a one-game playoff between two wild-card teams for the right to face the No. 1 seed in the LDS round. Otherwise, expect mild tweaks -- such as draft slotting or different draft compensation for losing free agents -- that won't really be noticed much by the casual fan. No, there's no talk of a salary cap or changing the designated hitter rule, two subjects that seem to be hot topics among fans but not among either MLB or the MLBPA.

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Since: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: November 18, 2011 12:39 am

Report: Collective bargaining agreement reached

uh twins never ahve success you do know they have two world series titles, now granted they were in 1987 and 1991, but they do have world series titles.  The reason this was reached so quick, is because both the owners and players trust each other, now they almost came to lagerheads in 2002, yet, they did reach an agreement, and we saw soemthing rae, a joint news confernce by bud and donald fehr,

Plus for those ranting about interleague play all seaosn, i think it won't be 18 games, i think that could be part of the 72 gamrss, that way no team has an advanatage, and they all play each other

Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: November 18, 2011 12:37 am

Report: Collective bargaining agreement reached

MLB small market owners should wait until the results of the NBA....Half or more of MLB is small market, yet they don't wish to change it????

There's some serious 'back-door' dollars changing hands....Hard Cap, Hard Cap, Hard Cap....Otherwise you might as well have 6 or 7 teams in baseball...

Since: Oct 22, 2009
Posted on: November 18, 2011 12:20 am

Report: Collective bargaining agreement reached

The statement "statistics show that large market teams have a massive edge in playoff appearances as well as actual world series won" is very misleading.  Don't forget that 20 of the 27 Yankee WS titles came before free agency.  They were just good at signing and developing young talent.  (And no, I'm not a Yankees fan)

The Orioles have proven that spending $$$ does not mean success.  You still have to be smart about it.

Yes, small market teams are a a disadvantage, but that doesn't stop some of them.

The STL Cardinals are #22 ranked team in metro population and yet they win consistently. 
Milwaukee is #30 ... LAST by over 500,000 in population and they are division champs.

It's more about having a plan and sticking to it.  Fans get impatient and so do owners, who then bring in a new GM and start with a new plan.  That's a lousy way to build a franchise.  Get a good front office, a good manager, a good scouting system, develope a plan and STICK to it.

Since: May 15, 2010
Posted on: November 18, 2011 12:15 am

Report: Collective bargaining agreement reached

Just another reason to love baseball. They're always gonna be there for you (except in the winter)

Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: November 18, 2011 12:07 am

Report: Collective bargaining agreement reached

congrats baseball on not having the same issues as the nfl almost had and how the nba seems to be having.

Since: Aug 15, 2011
Posted on: November 18, 2011 12:03 am

Report: Collective bargaining agreement reached

Well done MLBPA and MLB, great job not killing all the momentum gained from this years playoffs. To bad the NBA can't learn from you.

Since: Oct 22, 2009
Posted on: November 17, 2011 11:53 pm

Report: Collective bargaining agreement reached

Well, just sit at home and pout.

Since: Feb 22, 2008
Posted on: November 17, 2011 11:27 pm

Report: Collective bargaining agreement reached

Problem is, a team like AZ will have a good season every once and awhile and can't splurge on the big ticket free agents.  Or how about a team like the Indians that trades for or develops back-toback Cy Young pitchers and has to trade both because they can't afford to keep them.  That's just straight up messed up for fans of small market teams and completely ridiculous.  Here in Cleveland we go to games once every few years when the team is good because we get sick of having to always trade our best much fun is that?  The system is messed up and baseball did nothing about it.  Baseball is worse than the least the NBA owners are trying to fight for the small market teams and create parity so all fans can enjoy the game...kudos to the NBA owners for doing the right thing. Screw baseball...I'll never buy another ticket again until they fix the economics of baseball...thats the only way you get their attention.

Since: Feb 22, 2008
Posted on: November 17, 2011 11:17 pm

Report: Collective bargaining agreement reached

I have to be honest...I love baseball and was a huge fan growing up but I'll never be a big fan or pay to see games any longer until there's a salary cap that balances the competitive advantage of teams like the Yankees and Red Sox...I'm tired of them being good every year because they can outspend other teams by 200's just silly and pathetic.  As far as I'm concerned, there can be a baseball lockout for the next two years and I don't give a crap if it leads to better balance in baseball.

Since: Jul 28, 2011
Posted on: November 17, 2011 11:00 pm
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