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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 CBSSports.com has confirmed a deal will be announced early next week.

Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com 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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Comments

Since: May 18, 2009
Posted on: November 17, 2011 8:23 pm
 

Report: Collective bargaining agreement reached

Geez....that was painless. More importantly, not in the news. Uhh, what's up NBA? More player's, more money involved and yet the NBAPA is bickering over 1-3% of money's they don't bring in.  Who cares about the NBA season anymore? We have the NFL until the end of January, hockey until June and Baseball starting back up in April. No one will miss these over-paid greedy SOB's. Most of them are softer than marshmellow's and are baby's.



Since: Nov 17, 2011
Posted on: November 17, 2011 8:20 pm
 

Report: Collective bargaining agreement reached



the one game playoff is NOT a good idea. Having the wild card team screw up their pitching rotation by playing one game extra then having to go vs the No. 1 team gives them an unfair advantage
That's the idea.  Ideally, the wild card team has to jump through hoops and work harder to get further in the post season.  They do the same thing in the NFL by having teams play in a division playoff game while the top two seeds take a week off to start the postseason.  They used to do it in the NBA years ago too. 

It's a good way for MLB to reward the three division winners -- you know, the teams that actually earned a better record over the regular season...



Since: Apr 6, 2007
Posted on: November 17, 2011 8:14 pm
 

Report: Collective bargaining agreement reached

You can't judge the competitiveness of small markets by WS wins.  It has to be based on playoff appearences.  In the past 10 years, the large market teams have taken up the majority of playoff spots.  Look at the playoff appearences of teams like the Yanks, Dodgers, Mets, Phillies, Red Sox, and Braves.  Then compare that to the small market teams.  Its not even close.

The best method is to compare large and small market teams in a division.  How many AL Central titles have the White Sox and Tigers won compared to the Royals and Indians.  How about the titles of the Yanks and Red Sox vs the Rays, Jays, and Os.  Compare Oakland and Seattle to Texas and LA.  The system is broken and its a shame it didn't get fixed at all.  The slotting should help small market teams a little bit, but not enough.

And God forbid that MLB would address things the fans care about like the DH issue and salary cap.  The owners are so out of touch with what their customer base cares about. 



Since: May 20, 2008
Posted on: November 17, 2011 8:12 pm
 

Report: Collective bargaining agreement reached

the one game playoff is NOT a good idea. Having the wild card team screw up their pitching rotation by playing one game extra then having to go vs the No. 1 team gives them an unfair advantage



Since: Jan 24, 2007
Posted on: November 17, 2011 8:07 pm
 

Report: Collective bargaining agreement reached

The way it sounds to me, the new playoff format will consist of the three division winners and two wildcard teams for the American and National Leagues. The two wildcard teams will play a one game playoff to decide who will face the number one seed in the division series. After that game, it's back  to business as usual, same as always. It creates one extra game with one wildcard moving on.


On another note, way to go MLB, nice to see a sport that has a little bit of sense in an economic time such as this - Awesome Job!!!!!    



Since: Nov 24, 2008
Posted on: November 17, 2011 8:00 pm
 

Report: Collective bargaining agreement reached

WOW!! Baseball players are content with only making millions for playing a game?  How are they going to pay the mortgages on their mansions or gas up their fleet of cars? 


I think A-Rod, CC and all the other $20 million+ guys should protest.  Look at how well that tatic is working for Paul Pierce and company.





Since: Oct 18, 2006
Posted on: November 17, 2011 7:41 pm
 

Report: Collective bargaining agreement reached

Only in America can a person get a $60 or $70 million dollar contract for being successful on 1/3 of your opportunities. As Yakov Smirnoff once said; "what a country!"



Since: Apr 11, 2011
Posted on: November 17, 2011 7:38 pm
 

Report: Collective bargaining agreement reached

Small market teams can win in MLB...just ask Florida, Arizona and Tampa Bay. Whereas teams like the Mets, Cubs and Dodgers in their big market and 100+ million dollar payroll are outside watching the playoffs seemingly every year 



Since: Jun 24, 2008
Posted on: November 17, 2011 7:37 pm
 

Report: Collective bargaining agreement reached

Glad to see this, however a one-game playoff between two wild card teams has to be one of the dumber ideas I've ever heard.  Talk about throwing the integrity of the 162-game season under the bus.  But it's about the money that this heightened, turbo-charged drama would bring in.  Hey, why not have the losing team have to commit hari-kiri, too?  That'll increase the drama. Maybe that will be in the NEXT CBA.



Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: November 17, 2011 7:37 pm
 

Report: Collective bargaining agreement reached

Congratulations to the MLB and the players on getting a deal done without any drama. I am not in favor of this one game wild-card playoff format. I would like to think that after a team plays 162 games and secures a playoff spot that they would be guaranteed at least one home game for their fans.


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