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Thread: MLB Reportedly Pursuing “Radical Restructuring” Of Lower Minors

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    Re: MLB Reportedly Pursuing “Radical Restructuring” Of Lower Minors

    Quote Originally Posted by Sea Ray View Post
    A rule about an afternoon game before certain travel days would have zero effect on MLB but might have quite the negative effect on the owners of these minor league teams. It could effect ticket sales. First of all I think minor league baseball already has a lot of day games on getaway day but if you think they need more, fine. Who do you need to lobby? The Reds or Greg Rosenbaum, Nick Sakellariadis and Michael Savit, the owners of the Dayton Dragons? Is MLB really mandating gametimes for the Dayton Dragons?
    The only Dragons day games are played on Sunday or weekday holidays

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    Re: MLB Reportedly Pursuing “Radical Restructuring” Of Lower Minors

    Quote Originally Posted by TNRED View Post
    Maybe we just need to trash the entire system. Turn it all into a video game. Eliminate actual players and make the programmers the stars.
    Someone from Houston would hack the program so the Astros go 162-0. Then MLB would take no action...
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    Re: MLB Reportedly Pursuing “Radical Restructuring” Of Lower Minors

    This one of the more onerous threads that I hate to see updated because the news is seldom good. Nevertheless, I'll jump in myself.

    I think there is plenty of room for negotiation. I suggest that with the advance in analytics ML teams have become more confident in their ability to identify future ML players in the first 20-25 rounds. For the sake of argument, let's say that they are 90% confident that future ML players will be drafted within the first 20 rounds. Clearly, they would consider the cost of the players that would have been drafted in rounds 21-40 a losing proposition. Some of these undrafted players, however, will become useful ML players by virtue of their intangibles or skills that develop later in their careers. ML teams would be happy to pay these players if they could identify them beforehand.

    Now consider the so called Dream League. Let's say that each team would be able to make available the players on its roster for a posting fee at the end of each season. ML teams wishing to pay the fee, could bid on these players. The player gets the contract; the dream team gets the posting fee. That would not only provide money for the dream team, but also provide incentive to invest in coaching, player development, and facilities. Unsigned players in the 20 round ML draft would go into a draft pool for the dream league. The relationship between MLB and the dream league would be business only.

    Some of the less capitalized minor league teams would still fold, but many would continue to exist and could even become more profitable with good management.

    Just a thought.....My point is there are trade-offs in risk/reward that could be worked. It will, however, take time. Not easy to get buy-in from so many teams that will be affected differentially. This issue is likely to be with us for some time.

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    Re: MLB Reportedly Pursuing “Radical Restructuring” Of Lower Minors

    The Governor of OH chimes in...

    "DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's governor isn't a fan of Major League Baseball's proposal to drop 42 minor league teams from their leagues after next season.

    Republican Mike DeWine, who along with his family owns a Class A team in North Carolina, said eliminating teams would take away affordable opportunities to introduce the game to children and families.

    "That's what I think is so short sighted on behalf of this proposal where you'd knock off over 40 minor league baseball teams and take that entertainment and opportunity to form more fans. Major League Baseball will lose that and it may not have an impact immediately but in the long run it's going to have an impact," DeWine told The Dayton Daily News."...

    ..."Ohio has six minor league teams, each one of which is important to their individual communities as far as the economy of the communities as well as being important to fans," DeWine said. "The long-term concern is if baseball does this, then when the next contract is up, they may eliminate more teams. So this is a real concern for the state of Ohio with six minor league teams."

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