I haven't been able to write recently. As a matter of fact I haven't been able to do much recently, I've been sick all this time; but I'm ok now. Thanks to all of you who've been coming recently to see my baseball blog. As you may have seen, I haven't done much writing in a long while, I expect to be back again, full time of course, in about two weeks. I have been looking for some feed back form, I found one but doesn't work here. If any of you know about a feed back form please e-mail me, I'll apreciate it. I will be looking for one myself.
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:: Sunday, September 15, 2002 ::
The new 4 year CBA and the minds behind it
The big difference between this year's labor talk and the 1994 strike is that today we, the fans, know much better what the big issues are. In 1994 we knew very little of what was going on among the players and MLB representatives. Some say that the new 4-year-CBA (collective bargaining agreement) is more advantegous for the owners, others say it is more advantegous for the players. It's hard to say. Here's an overview so anyone may come with his/her own conclusions:
The four-year CBA includes initiatives designed to more effectively address economic disparity among franchises. In addition, it will include a policy that authorizes random testing for steroid use, a first in the sport's history. The owners also agreed to not revisit the issue of contraction during the life of the agreement, set to expire on December 17, 2006.
$258 million each year phased in over four years. A $175 billion base to be distriuted to each club on a straight-pool basis with the remainder split by the Commissioner out of the central fund and discretionary fund. It phases in at $230 million in 2003, $243 million in 2004, $258 in 2005 and $301 in 2006.
Thresholds of $117 million in 2003, $120 million in 2004, $128 million in 2005 and $136.5 million in 2006. The percentage for all teams being penalized for the first time is 17.5 percent throughout the agreement with second-timers being penalized as high as 40 percent.
Tabled for length of four-year agrreement. Owners can unilaterally contract at the start of the next agreement. Grievance case filed by players last November is now moot.
Provision to discuss during new agreement. June amateur draft remains the same until changed.
Language remains the same as in the 1996 collective bargaining agreement. Any player with three years of service and less than six years of service at the Major League level can file. An arbitrator picks the dollar figure submited by the player or the one submitted by the club. The decision is binding.
Testing for "Schedule III" anabolic androgenic steroids only throughout the agreement. No testing for recreational drugs.
Termination Date of Contract
Changes from Oct. 31 (or two days after the World Series ends in 1996 agreement) to Dec. 17 in the new agreement.
Increase from $200,000 to $300,000 next season for all Major League players. Those on split contracts go from $40, 500 to $50,000 for the minor league portion next season.
MLB Negotiators and The Player's Union
Allan H. "Bud" Selig
Allan H. "Bud" Selig was elected the ninth Commissioner of Baseball on July 9, 1998 by a vote of the 30 Major League Baseball club owners. As Chairman of the Executive Council, and then as Commissioner, Selig brought about numerous dramatic changes to baseball, including:
Revenue sharing (more than $165 million is transferred from high to low revenue clubs each year)
Three-division formats in the American and National leagues
An extra tier of playoffs and the Wild Card
First phase of realignment
Consolidation of the administrative functions of the American and National League into the Commissioner's Office.
Robert A. DuPuy
MLB President and Chief Operating Officer
Robert D. Manfred
Executive VP of Labor Relations
and Human Resources
Robert A. DuPuy was named the President and Chief Operating Officer of Major League Baseball this past March 7 after working as an attorney, outside and inside of baseball since 1989. DuPuy is baseball's lead lawyer this year on the Labor Relations Committee that is currently trying to negotiate a basic agreement with the Major League Baseball Players Association. He is also responsible for all phases of baseball's Central Offices, including licensing, sponsorship, international, broadcasting, publishing, marketing, public relations, government relations, baseball operations, legal affairs, finance and baseball's internet operations.
Robert D. Manfred, Jr. is one of four Executive Vice Presidents of Major League Baseball reporting directly to the President and the Commissioner. His areas of responsibility include Labor Relations and Human Resources. He is responsible for the relationship between the Clubs and the Major League Baseball Players Association, as well as the Human Resources function in the Commissioner's Office. This year, as a key member of the Labor Relations Committee, his primary assignment is to negotiate a new basic agreement with the players' union.
Executive Director of the MLBPA
Associate General Counsel
of the MLBPA
Don Fehr is the constant through all of Major League Baseball's labor negotiations in the past 25 years and once again is the union's lead negotiator in collective bargaining sessions. He was voted as only the third Executive Director in the union's history in 1984, succeeding Marvin Miller and Ken Moffett. Prior to his selection as executive director, he served as general counsel, a position he still holds today, and as acting executive director. Fehr was and remains the chief negotiator for the Players Association in collective bargaining with major league clubs. Fehr's primary responsibilities include collective bargaining, contract administration and enforcement, litigation and legislation, pension and health care and administrating the union's licensing program.
Gene Orza has been Associate General Counsel of the Major League Baseball Players Association since 1984. In that role, he is direct understudy to Executive Director Don Fehr and is considered the union's lead negotiator in collective bargaining sessions when Fehr is not in attendance. Orza is part of a negotiating team that also includes Associate General Counsel Michael Weiner. In his position as labor negotiator, Orza played a major role in ultimately signing the 1985, 1990 and 1994 basic agreements. He has also handled player grievances, salary arbitrations, agent relations, scheduling issues, rule changes, umpire problems, and realignment. Orza is the union's representative on the Health Policy Advisory Council, which deals, on a confidential basis, with substance abuse matters and other medical issues concerning players.
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