By: Kurt Snyder & Holly Horning
Wednesday is the time for readers to kick-start conversations with their comments and responses on the hottest Detroit Tiger topics. This is your chance to start the conversation or keep discussion threads alive with other readers in our welcoming community that gives a home to intelligent baseball conversation.
For today’s blog, we offer 2 questions for readers to consider. Select one (and make sure to list either #1 or #2 in your intro) to answer and get the ball rolling by submitting your comment. Or, respond to a thread that has already been posted. For this blog, a maximum of 8 sentences. You can always come back throughout the day and respond to other readers as well.
Let’s kick this off!
#1 (Kurt Snyder)
We lost another Tiger great over the last week when Bill Freehan passed away at the age of 79.
Freehan spent his entire career with the Tigers highlighted by 11 trips to the All-Star Game, including 10 in a row. He won 5 consecutive Gold Gloves and,of course, was a World Series champion in 1968.
Should these accomplishments have been enough for the Hall of Fame or is there something that you think has kept him out?
#2 (Holly Horning)
MLB and the MLBPA are finally sitting down and starting the discussions required for the new CBA. The current rules expire on December 1st. There are multiple big issues on the table that need to be resolved and the 2 biggest for the players include concerns over payrolls and team control over players.
The players are requesting that a minimum payroll (currently $100 million) be required of each team in order to prevent tanking for profit and to ensure that organizations field a competitive team. Over one-third of MLB teams currently have payrolls below that number and the overall trend shows that payroll has been going down over the past decade.
And under the current CBA, players are under team control for 6 full (minimum 172 days per year) years in which they are paid league minimum for the first 3 and then arbitration for the last 3.
However, teams can manipulate service time and thus get an extra year from a player. Overall, this system allows organization to get players in their prime playing years for the least amount of dollars.
If you had to pick just one, which of the 2 issues – team payroll or team control – is the most important one that needs to be resolved for the new CBA? And why?
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