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    So to waste time I wondered about what would happen if a player in a right to work state (Rays, Rangers, Astros, Marlins, Braves) wanted to get out of the player's union. I know the supreme court ruled that the nfl teams were seperate entities, but I was under the impression that MLB operated as one entity.

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    Re: hypothetical

    Players don't have to be in the union to play MLB

    Rick Reed wasn't in the union, of course they wouldn't let him in for crossing the picket line, but he won 16 games for the Mets in 98 and didn't pay a union due.

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    Re: hypothetical

    Quote Originally Posted by Orenda View Post
    http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/spring...ory?id=6124272

    So to waste time I wondered about what would happen if a player in a right to work state (Rays, Rangers, Astros, Marlins, Braves) wanted to get out of the player's union. I know the supreme court ruled that the nfl teams were seperate entities, but I was under the impression that MLB operated as one entity.

    Mods if this crosses the line feel free to delete, Im not trying to start a debate just curious if it could even be done.
    I'm not sure they're obligated to join the union at all. Didn't Barry Bonds have a deal outside of the player's union a few years back?
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    Re: hypothetical

    I'm not sure they're obligated to join the union at all. Didn't Barry Bonds have a deal outside of the player's union a few years back?
    Yeah, he wasn't allowed to be in any of the video games because of it.

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    Re: hypothetical

    Quote Originally Posted by westofyou View Post
    Players don't have to be in the union to play MLB

    Rick Reed wasn't in the union, of course they wouldn't let him in for crossing the picket line, but he won 16 games for the Mets in 98 and didn't pay a union due.
    Reed is a special case though, as he was brought in as a replacement player during the work stoppage. Part of the labor settlement was that the owners were allowed to keep the replacement players that they wanted to.

    Let's say hypothetically that Alonso makes the opening day roster. I don't know if he has a choice on whether to join the union or not.

    Bonds had a seperate merchanising deal outside of the union, but I think he was still in the union. Not 100% sure on that, but that's how I remember it.
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    Re: hypothetical

    Quote Originally Posted by REDREAD View Post
    Reed is a special case though, as he was brought in as a replacement player during the work stoppage. Part of the labor settlement was that the owners were allowed to keep the replacement players that they wanted to.

    Let's say hypothetically that Alonso makes the opening day roster. I don't know if he has a choice on whether to join the union or not.

    Bonds had a seperate merchanising deal outside of the union, but I think he was still in the union. Not 100% sure on that, but that's how I remember it.
    You are correct. Its the same thing that Jordan had with the NBA players association.


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