MLB, impressively, has enjoyed labor peace longer than any of the other major North American sports. (Judging by this site’s readership demographics, it’s about 50/50 whether you even remember the 1994 strike. Christ, that makes me feel old.) But the current CBA is up after next season, and while no one’s worried yet,…
According to ESPN, the Chicago Cubs will call up third baseman Kris Bryant from the minor league tomorrow:
The Angels just can’t hide their disappointment about having to continue to pay Josh Hamilton. Last night, before the Angels home opener, owner Arte Moreno told the assembled reporters that there was a relapse clause in Hamilton’s contract, and that the team was debating whether to invoke it. Moreno’s words stand in…
With MLB and union appointees deadlocked on the issue of whether Josh Hamilton’s relapse was a suspendable offense, the decision fell to an independent arbitrator. The arbitrator has made the call: Hamilton didn’t violate the terms of his treatment program, will not be punished, and is eligible to play immediately.
It's been reported that the MLBPA and owners are close to an agreement on new, harsher penalties for players who test positive for PEDs, with an announcement possibly coming this week. Now Jon Heyman gives us numbers, reporting that players would face an 80-game suspension for a first offense, and 162 games—one full…
Baseball players are the world's biggest meatheads. A player admires his home run? Throw a ball at his face. An athlete in a totally different sport talks trash? Throw a ball at his face. A fellow union member files a lawsuit in a last-ditch effort to salvage $25 million? THROW A BALL AT HIS FACE. RESPECT THE GAME.
Below you can read Alex Rodriguez's full suit against both Major League Baseball and the players' union. Filed in a New York district court today, it seeks to overturn the arbitration panel's ruling that imposed a 162-game suspension, keeping Rodriguez out of baseball for all of the 2014 season.
On the occasion of union leader Marvin Miller once again falling shot of the Hall of Fame, it's instructive to note that no sport has had a longer labor peace than baseball. How it got here is easy enough to explain, and has everything to do with Miller's work.
It's Labor Day. Why not remember Marvin Miller, the union head who dragged baseball into modernity, with this reflection, written one day after his death last fall?
The MLBPA has formally filed an appeal on behalf of its most divisive member. Alex Rodriguez's case will be heard by an independent arbitrator, and we may not know for months whether his record 211-game suspension will stand.
Earlier today, Deadspin, seeking clarification on some of the issues surrounding the recent suspension of Ryan Braun for unspecified "violations of the Basic Agreement and its Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program," conducted a question-and-answer session via email with officials from the Major League Baseball…
MLB executives and owners feared Marvin Miller, but they weren't the first. FBI documents reveal that the federal government, at the height of the Red Scare, undertook an embarrassingly extensive investigation into Miller's liberalism to determine whether or not he was a loyal citizen of the United States.
Here's the projected payroll for the 2013 Miami Marlins. After a fire sale that began with trading star shortstop Hanley Ramirez and ended with trading star shortstop Jose Reyes (and everyone else), this isn't a rebuilding year. It's austerity straight from Christine Lagarde's desk.
Shyam Das is no longer the most powerful man in baseball. As the permanent, independent arbitrator on baseball's three-man panel that also includes reps from MLB and the players' union, Das has almost always been the swing vote in any matter reaching his desk. He's been in place since 1999, with the proviso that he…
Adam Eaton is a 23-year-old outfielder in the Diamondbacks system, who's a long shot to break camp with the club. But sitting at his locker earlier this spring, he had a pile of checks dumped in his lap: more than $120,000 worth.
The players' union has struck down the "Manny Ramirez provision," which allowed teams to force players to donate to charity as part of their contracts. But it looks like the MLBPA might've hurt their own guys on this one.