Recently a few individuals from Congress, considering themselves the “Save Minor League Baseball Task Force,” presented a goals saying that Major League Baseball should drop its arrangement to dispense with the small time clubs and, rather, keep up the present small time structure. Accordingly, Major League Baseball gave an announcement blaming Minor League Baseball for declining to arrange and entreating Congress to push Minor League Baseball back to the bartering table.
Just a single issue with that: as indicated by Minor League Baseball, it has been at the table. What’s more, in another announcement today, asserts that MLB is offering purposely bogus expressions pretty much the entirety of that and participating in dishonesty:
“Minor League Baseball was encouraged by the dialogue in a recent meeting between representatives of Minor League Baseball and Major League Baseball and a commitment by both sides to engage further on February 20. However, Major League Baseball’s claims that Minor League Baseball is not participating in these negotiations in a constructive and productive manner is false. Minor League Baseball has provided Major League Baseball with numerous substantive proposals that would improve the working conditions for Minor League Baseball players by working with MLB to ensure adequate facilities and reasonable travel. Unfortunately, Major League Baseball continues to misrepresent our positions with misleading information in public statements that are not conducive to good faith negotiations.”
They assume Rob Manfred’s next explanation is either going to twofold down or, then again, he’s going to state “wait, you were at the airport Marriott? We thought the meeting was at the downtown Marriott! Oh, so you were at the table. Our bad!”
Small time Baseball isn’t simply offering dueling articulations, be that as it may. A couple of moments prior it discharged a letter it had sent to Rob Manfred six days back, the completely of which can be perused here.
It unquestionably proposes that, as opposed to Manfred’s case yesterday, Minor League Baseball is, actually, endeavoring to draw in Major League Baseball on the issues.
In the letter, the Minor League Baseball Negotiating Committee said it, “is singularly focused on working with MLB to reach an agreement that will best ensure that baseball remains the National Pastime in communities large and small throughout our
country,” and that to that end it looks to “set forth with clarity in a letter to you the position of MiLB on the key issues that we must resolve in these negotiations.”
From that point the letter experiences the different issues Major League Baseball has put on the table, including the status of the full season and short season alliances which are on the slashing square, and entreats MLB not to, as proposed, wipe out the Appalachian League.
It shoots MLB’s idea of “The Dream League” — the can into which MLB proposes to toss all recently unaffiliated clubs — as a “truly imperfect idea,” and firmly counters the argument Major League Baseball has offered about how it purportedly “finances” the small time:
“It is simply not true that MLB “heavily subsidizes” MiLB. MLB teams do not pay MiLB owners and their partner communities that supply the facilities and league infrastructure that enable players under contract to MLB teams the opportunity to compete at a high level and establish whether they have the capability to play in the Major Leagues. MLB just pays its OWN player/employees and other costs directly related to their development.”
“MLB does not fund or subsidize MiLB’s business operations in any form and, in fact, the amounts funded by MiLB to assist in the development of MLB’s players far exceed anything paid by MLB to its players, managers, or coaches at the Minor League level. Through the payment of a ticket tax to MLB, it is arguable that MiLB is paying a subsidy to MLB. Either way, talk about subsidies isn’t helpful or beneficial to the industry. The fact is that we are business partners working together to grow the game, entertain fans, and develop future MLB players.”