Open Discussion: Week of June 8th

Baseball’s saga/drama/soap opera continued this week as the owners rejected the players’ proposal last Sunday and stated that they wouldn’t be making a counter offer.  Three days later, the Presidents of Baseball Operations for Milwaukee and Cincinnati both expressed optimism that an agreement would be reached.

At least, the leaks to the media have source names this time. Continue reading Open Discussion: Week of June 8th

Some MLB Draft History

This year’s annual draft of amateur players will take place this week on June 10th and 11th.  Those aspiring to a career as a major league baseball player have long looked forward to this ritual, this baseball right of passage.  Even if a player went undrafted, he could still look forward to the possibility of being signed in the days following the draft.  But, this year MLB has found reason to shorten the draft and restrict the signing of non-drafted free agents. Continue reading Some MLB Draft History

Open Discussion: Week of May 25th

Happy Memorial Day!  I hope everyone continues to be well.  This is week eleven of my self-imposed quarantine.  I began “shelter-in-place” on Friday, March 13th.  Since then I have ventured out thrice.  Once to visit the local market, and twice to pick up prescriptions.  On all three occasions, I drove past the Carpenter Complex, stopping twice to talk to the security guard while maintaining proper social distancing. Continue reading Open Discussion: Week of May 25th

Open Discussion: Week of May 18th

I hope everyone continues to be well.  This is week ten of my self-quarantine.

For weeks now, the owners have been negotiating through the media with leaks by anonymous sources.  They have determined what the solution should be without talking to the MLBPA, and have painted the players in a negative fashion.

When they finally notified the MLBPA, public opinion was already set. Continue reading Open Discussion: Week of May 18th

Open Discussion: Week of May 11th

I hope everyone continues to be well.  This is week nine of my self-quarantine.  I am a longer-haired, bearded mess.  I am growing accustomed to not going outside.  I am sleeping later because I am staying up later.  If baseball were to return to Clearwater, I think would have difficulty getting back on my regular baseball schedule. Continue reading Open Discussion: Week of May 11th