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I’d like to have you discuss how the indefinitely delayed 2020 season will cause more young players to go to or stay in college rather than sign a MLB contract, and how shortening the number of draft rounds this year and next could impact our minor league teams.
There’s definitely going to be fallout, much of which won’t be recognized until next year’s draft. But already, I’m reading of young players who don’t believe they will be selected in the new 5-round draft pulling out of the draft entirely. If they don’t go in 5 rounds, they will be determined to be free agents and could sign with any team for a universal $20K.
In the past, they used those nice signing bonuses to support themselves in the minors but $20K won’t get you far at all now which we may now assume is going to be a financial factor in deciding how to approach baseball as a career….
This draft bears no resemblance to those in the past where players connected and signed with teams for figures in the 6- and 7 figures. There is a lot of uncertainty and understandably, some are hedging their bets and staying in college. I would expect a good number of them to decide to finish their degrees and graduate.
However, they are also pinched on the college side with many places of education eliminating baseball from their sports because of the pandemic (primarily). College teams only have so many slots and so many scholarships to pass around. Now, the competition will get even more extreme.
There’s going to be a log jam in college with some players deciding to stay on and the younger ones fighting for a position on the team. As well, it is believed that an almost double number of potential prospects will want to participate in next year’s draft which is going to make the process that much more challenging.
Many of these prospects, especially the seniors, will be a year older and that is believed to be a mark against them when it’s time to be drafted. Teams will want to go with the younger player in many cases.
Compound that issue with multiple reports stating that owners will never return to the 40-round draft. Going forward, they will only approve a maximum of 10 rounds.
And if you look at the sheer number of teams who are dismissing their minor leaguers or refusing to pay them, you wouldn’t be wrong if you thought MLB was waging war on the minor leagues. Don’t forget about the proposal to cut 42 minor league teams.
MLB owners are in the process of taking over (literally) MiLB (a topic of discussion for another day so let’s hold our thoughts for that right now) and all of these moves support that. Essentially, they are prepping this career stepping stone to be much smaller and more efficient (the cha-ching! kind) and that means fewer players.
It also means fewer prospects, less scouting and fewer MiLB farm teams, to name a few. And it means that teams will have to make fewer mistakes in their selections because they aren’t going to have the depth in their system if a top draft talent goes down.
What it also means is that lots of young dreams are going to be dashed because of fewer opportunities to play and get noticed as well as the difficulties in getting paid to support a dream.
Playing baseball with the hopes of getting to the MLB level has always been tough. But now it’s going to be even harder. I can’t help but think of all the talent that will go unnoticed because of the new restrictions. And I can’t help to think about all those players – many Hall of Famers who wouldn’t have made it to the majors in this new decade.
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It’s strange times we live in….
Read at Foxnews.com that Armando Galarraga just did an interview with the “Athletic” magazine about the possibility of MLB going back and awarding him with a “perfect game” in retrospect. They interviewed the ump and he said he thought they should. Armando also said he thought they would someday anyways and wanted to be alive when it happened. Might be a good debate topic for an upcoming TT issue.
It’s pretty surprising that we are sitting here 10 years later after Jim Joyce stole Armando Galarraga’s perfect game and MLB hasn’t made a move to overturn the call.
Instant replay would have saved both Jim and Armando. But for those who wish we never had instant replay and who have always preferred the human element and the human error part of the game, well, on June 2nd 2010, how did you like them apples?
There is your human element and human error, screwing up the record books. And ever since, MLB has been doing what? Have they been protecting the sanctity of the game? Or are they afraid that once they grant this and overturn the call, then every team who ever had a close call, messing up whatever, will come out of the woodwork?
I’m not sure who would feel better about MLB jumping in and making what is so wrong, so right. Jim Joyce would have a decade-long albatross removed from his back. And Armando Galarraga? Well, he would have his perfect game officially recognized.
I don’t think there was really much to debate here. But it will always be a story for the record books. And maybe fans remember that pitcher who had a perfect game taken away from him versus ‘just’ being the guy who pitched the perfect game.
Galarraga’s gem may actually separate itself from the ‘other’ perfect games because of its unfortunate circumstance. And 10 years later, especially here in Detroit, we still can’t believe Joyce blew the call. And more than likely, he still can’t believe that the game of baseball hasn’t given Galarraga’s his rightful place in the record books.
The only debate is, who wants it more?
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