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Postby T15D23 » Tue May 19, 2020 9:58 pm

MLB, union wage war after potential smoking gun email emerges
Joel Sherman

A March 26 conversation between MLB and the union in which MLB portrays the union as acknowledging that a new negotiation was needed regarding how players would be paid this season could serve as an email version of a smoking gun.

The league and the union have disagreed over how players will be paid if games are resumed. The union claims that within the agreement finalized on March 26, players are guaranteed their prorated salaries for games played, while MLB argues that the agreement says salaries must be reconsidered if there are no fans in attendance.

The Post, however, has obtained a March 26 email from an MLB lawyer to top league officials that documents the substance of talks between two MLB officials and two MLBPA officials from earlier that morning. The email covers seven points, including that MLB explained to the union officials that MLB would need a second negotiation if games were not played in front of fans to determine pay and claims that union officials understood that concept.

Thus, the email seemingly offers evidence that the union was aware that further talks were potentially necessary.

The two sides had a formal negotiating session last Tuesday in which MLB laid out extensively its proposal for restarting the game focusing on safety and health guidelines The sides also talked economics, but MLB did not make its expected proposal for a 50-50 split in revenues this year. The sides have not formally spoken since, with the clock ticking if MLB actually intends to begin a second spring training in mid-June and start the season the first week of July.

The staredown and absence of talks is based on neither side wanting to flinch on economics. Players Association executive director Tony Clark and powerful agent Scott Boras have been publicly strong in stating the matter of salary already has been determined for a 2020 restart and no further negotiations need be held.

But the email from MLB senior vice president of labor relations and deputy general counsel Patrick Houlihan suggests otherwise. He and MLB executive vice president of baseball economics Morgan Sword spoke on the morning of March 26 with Players Association deputy general counsel Matt Nussbaum and director of analytics and baseball operations Greg Dreyfuss. The union was seeking clarification on matters that include service time and the draft.

In an email that Houlihan sent to deputy commissioner Dan Halem, MLB’s lead negotiator, that was cc-ed to several other prominent league officials, he wrote on Issue 1:

“Matt asked what ‘economic feasibility’ meant in Section I. I told him it meant that we would only consider playing in neutral sites or without fans if it worked for us economically. I reminded him of Rob’s comments at the outset that playing in empty stadiums did not work for us economically. But I said, for example, that we might be willing to have a conversation about playing some limited number of games in empty stadiums if players agreed to reduce their daily salaries for those games, and if it was part of a larger plan that made economic sense. Matt confirmed that that is what he thought we meant, but appreciated the confirmation.”

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In response, Players Association senior director of collective bargaining Bruce Meyer told The Post in a text message:

“The contract itself is very clear that in the event of a partial season players will get paid pro rata salary — whether with fans or without. And it doesn’t require any further concessions on pay from players who have already agreed to give up billions of dollars in salary in the event of a partial season in which they would be taking on unprecedented risks and burdens. Having said that, both sides are free to make any additional proposals they want. If they have a proposal on economics they should make it as we’ve repeatedly invited them to do. We have the right to respond to it. Despite all their posturing they still haven’t done so. Rather than actually negotiating over these issues the league is focusing on leaking self-serving internal memos to the media. Public posturing is not going to help us have a season.

“That the Commissioner’s office has claimed it needs additional salary concessions should not be surprising to anybody. But there’s a difference between what they are entitled to and what they want. The fact is that the league has conceded that they will be better off economically playing a season than not playing a season. And so far the league has not provided any underlying documents to support their economic claims. Meanwhile we continue to focus on the health and safety aspects of the league’s proposal.”

Upon seeing Meyer’s statement, MLB countered with one of its own that emphasized a tense situation growing even moreso. The statement to The Post read: “We are glad that Mr. Meyer finally has admitted that the March agreement contemplates a subsequent negotiation between the parties if the 2020 season is to be played without fans. While Mr. Meyer now says that the Union has repeatedly invited the league to make a proposal, that cannot be squared with the public comments by the Union and at least one agent that players are unwilling to agree to a reduction of player compensation in order to play a 2020 season without fans. The Union even publicly rejected a potential league proposal to share all revenues equally with players before such a proposal was made to it. While Mr. Meyer claims that Clubs will be better off financially playing without fans, the truth is we would lose hundreds of thousands of dollars per game.”

The Players Association position has been that not only does the March 26 document support its pro-rata position, but that MLB has not made a clear case to the union that it is not economically feasible to pay the players in full even without fans. The union feels players will be taking health/safety risks, yet take a second pay cut so that owners will lose less money. In the March agreement, players agreed to waive claims for billions of dollars in salary in exchange, the union has stated, for the prorated pay when games return.

And the Players Association still is waiting for a formal financial proposal from MLB.

MLB believes the March 26 agreement language is clear and — just as vital — what was said between the sides reflects that. Yankees president Randy Levine, who was the lead negotiator for MLB in the labor dispute of 1994-95, was not part of the negotiation, but has subsequently read, among other items, the bargaining notes that led to the agreement. He told The Post that he believes all of it together provides a picture of what the intentions of the agreement were.

“As I have said, our players are patriots and they are all wise enough and careful enough to make decisions that are in the best interests of them and their families and we all respect those decisions,” Levine said. “However, they need to make their decisions based on what the March agreement actually states and has been signed off on by both sides. I personally reviewed all of the documents and the bargaining notes from the dispute over the provision about renegotiating salaries and they are just clear that it does not state what Scott Boras and Tony Clark have said.

“It clearly states in bold language that if there are any bans on mass gatherings — which there are to this day — that prevent fans in the stadium, and/or any travel restrictions exist — as they do today — for example, people have to quarantine for 14 days going in and out of Canada and/or the commissioner has to certify that it is safe to go to a ballpark, which has not happened because he is bargaining with the union about the health and safety protocols; since those three conditions have not been met, the agreement says that based on those facts and the economic feasibility of the moment there has to be a renegotiation on salaries. That is not my opinion, that is what the text of the agreement says. As long as the players and the clubs feel it is safe to return, I am hopeful we will get past arguing over language that is clear and unambiguous and quickly get to negotiating a deal that is satisfactory to all.”
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Re: Yankees Off Season Thread

Postby T15D23 » Wed May 20, 2020 6:14 pm

What Yankees legend Paul O’Neill thinks of Aaron Judge’s mounting injuries
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This season – if it ever emerges from the coronavirus shutdown — would be important for Yankees star right fielder Aaron Judge.

That’s according to a guy who knows plenty about playing the position in the Bronx, and the greatness that it takes to be beloved there.

While talking with “Moose and Maggie” on WFAN radio Tuesday, Paul O’Neill — who was a four-time World Series winner with the Yankees — said 2020 would provide Judge a big chance to show he can stay healthy.

“It’s a big year for him, once he gets over this injury, to get through even if it’s a half-season,” O’Neill said. “Get the fans knowing that when they go to the ballpark, that Aaron Judge will be in the lineup.”

As of last week, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Judge, 28, was still nursing a cracked right rib and that he wouldn’t be ready to play until the “summertime.”

Judge suffered the injury making a diving catch in September, but played through it. He also worked out all winter through the pain, only for doctors to discover the fractured rib — and a collapsed right lung — on March 6.

At 6-foot-7 and 280 pounds, Judge has turned himself into one of the game’s best players, a unique blend of power, athleticism and arm strength. He’s become the face of the post-Derek Jeter Yankees.

But that’s all when he’s on the field. Judge played 155 games in 2017, his stellar rookie season, but has missed 110 games over the last two seasons. He’s dealt with a variety of injuries, from shoulder surgery to oblique strains to a broken wrist.

“You look at Aaron Judge, he’s a specimen,” said O’Neill, now a YES Network analyst. “No doubt about it. He’s not your normal-sized baseball player. When he dives and he hits, you end up breaking — rib injuries or things like that, hitting a wall, those things are going to happen through the course of your career. Obviously, part of being a superstar is being able to take the field day in and day out.”

O’Neill, 57, has an affinity for the 28-year-old Judge.

“Aaron Judge is just a quality guy,” O’Neill said. “Even when he’s not at his best, he’s such a huge part of what goes on in this team. I love to see that. It’s the leadership of the way he handles himself and the younger players when they come up they seem to just follow his lead. You need that in an organization and I think the Yankees understand how important he is to this team.”
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Re: Yankees Off Season Thread

Postby davis2 » Wed May 20, 2020 9:53 pm

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davis2 wrote:
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Not sure what good that will do, if no money comes, or far less than can cover salaries, what are they supposed to do, go into massive debt to appease the union?

Marlins can't handle that.

Teams like the Mets annually lose $50M. Can't speak to all the organizations, but money has to come in to pay these players, staff, etc.
They need to prove their claims. Would YOU take the word of a billionaire crying poverty? I would want proof.


HUH?

Davis, hello. If there is no revenue coming in from the gate, what are you talking about.

Class warfare crap.

If you own a business your revenue needs to cover your costs, expenses, plus make a profit.

There is NO WAY for this to happen without the gate.

Unclear what you are not understanding about this.
I don't need a business lesson. The owners have been signing some big TV deals. They need to prove their income to the players, why believe your adversary??? It would also build some trust, we all know that is in short supply. And why do you have a problem with owners proving their income?
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Postby hampfan » Sat May 23, 2020 10:28 am

davis2 wrote:
T15D23 wrote:
davis2 wrote: They need to prove their claims. Would YOU take the word of a billionaire crying poverty? I would want proof.


HUH?

Davis, hello. If there is no revenue coming in from the gate, what are you talking about.

Class warfare crap.

If you own a business your revenue needs to cover your costs, expenses, plus make a profit.

There is NO WAY for this to happen without the gate.

Unclear what you are not understanding about this.
I don't need a business lesson. The owners have been signing some big TV deals. They need to prove their income to the players, why believe your adversary??? It would also build some trust, we all know that is in short supply. And why do you have a problem with owners proving their income?


davis, you and T15 keep doing the dog paddle, by which means we'll all maybe survive these times, as will our team.
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Re: Yankees Off Season Thread

Postby T15D23 » Sat May 23, 2020 10:57 am

davis2 wrote:
T15D23 wrote:
davis2 wrote: They need to prove their claims. Would YOU take the word of a billionaire crying poverty? I would want proof.


HUH?

Davis, hello. If there is no revenue coming in from the gate, what are you talking about.

Class warfare crap.

If you own a business your revenue needs to cover your costs, expenses, plus make a profit.

There is NO WAY for this to happen without the gate.

Unclear what you are not understanding about this.
I don't need a business lesson. The owners have been signing some big TV deals. They need to prove their income to the players, why believe your adversary??? It would also build some trust, we all know that is in short supply. And why do you have a problem with owners proving their income?


OK, then explain to me how $1M in TV revenue is supposed to cover $1.5++++M in daily salary?

We know the TV income because the companies that pay it are publicly traded.

So, where do you think this other income is coming from if there is no gate receipts?

These are exceptional, insane times, especially how we are handling this nonsense, but the one constant is money in, money out.

Yankees stand to lose over $41M for 82 games without income from the gate, etc.

I don't see either side as the adversary, other than the union looking to not set a precedent, even though this is not normal times.

All I know, is that the damage that can be done to this sport ala 1994, is a definite possibility.
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Postby T15D23 » Sat May 23, 2020 11:00 am

Aaron Judge’s girlfriend Samantha Bracksieck name-drops Yankee during DUI bust
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Aaron Judge’s girlfriend Samantha Bracksieck name-dropped the famous Yankees slugger to try to get out of her DUI arrest, sobbing, “This is going to be so bad.”

Bracksieck, 26, wept to cops in Scottsdale, Arizona, over the bad p.r. she believed her arrest would bring for the famous right fielder, body camera footage obtained by The Post shows.

“Do you know who my boyfriend is? This is going to be bad for me. I’m just saying that right now,” Bracksieck tells cops on Feb. 25 after she was pulled over for not having her headlights on and failing to maintain her lane.

As an officer processes her information, Bracksieck asks if her arrest would be made “public.”

“He’s a public figure,” she tells the officer, referring to Judge. “So, like, me being arrested for, like, having two glasses of wine is not OK.”

The cop then assures her she’s “not a bad person” and says her actions won’t affect him.

'Do you know who my boyfriend is?': Aaron Judge's girlfriend Samantha Bracksieck arrested for DUI

“I know I’m not a bad person,” she says through tears. “You don’t understand. You don’t know who my boyfriend is. This is going to be so bad.”

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She then asks the officer if he “understands New York media.”

He doesn’t.

“Exactly. Then you don’t understand,” she snaps. “My boyfriend is in the spotlight in New York media in general. And now here I am handcuffed in Arizona … Like, that is not good.”

She finally tells the officer that her boyfriend “plays baseball for the Yankees” before saying it’s Judge.

Bracksieck was charged with “extreme DUI” for an alleged blood alcohol level between .15 and .19.

She initially blew .125 right after she was pulled over, then later blew .169 and .181 at the police station, the police report shows.

Bracksieck told cops she split four glasses of wine with a pal at Mastro’s Steakhouse.

One of the arresting cops said, “I could smell a strong odor of an intoxicating beverage coming from inside the vehicle and from her breath as she spoke” during the stop, adding that Bracksieck was slurring her words and had bloodshot eyes, according to the police report.

Bracksieck told officers she was heading home to her apartment complex at the time — but couldn’t name her cross streets, despite having lived in Arizona since July 2019, the report stated.

Neither Bracksieck nor a rep for the Yankees returned messages.
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Postby T15D23 » Sat May 23, 2020 11:01 am

Aaron Judge still isn’t swinging a bat in his Yankees rehab
Dan Martin

Marcus Thames has been able to work with a handful of players who stayed in Tampa during the COVID-19 pandemic, but the Yankees hitting coach is still waiting for Aaron Judge to be healthy.

“It’s been tough,’’ Thames said on YES Network of Judge not being able to swing as he recovers from the fractured rib that sidelined him this spring.

While teammates such as Giancarlo Stanton and DJ LeMahieu take batting practice and hit in the cage, Judge is still unable to join them.

“He walks by the cage and helps guys pick up balls,’’ Thames said. “He really wants to get going. [We’re] just trying to stay safe. When the doctors let him, [we’ll] turn him loose. He’ll be ready. He’s chomping at the bit to get out there and start working hard on his swing.”

Judge likely suffered the rib injury — along with a punctured lung — on a diving play last September, but it wasn’t diagnosed until this spring.

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Last week, general manager Brian Cashman called it a “very unique injury” and one that is “extremely challenging to diagnose,” which helps explain why it took the Yankees so long to determine exactly what was wrong with the right fielder when he experienced pain near his shoulder throughout the spring.

Because of the nature of the injury, Cashman said he had expected Judge to be out until the summer even before the sport was shut down by the coronavirus pandemic in March.

Several CT scans have shown evidence of improvement, which is good news, since Judge and the Yankees are hoping to avoid surgery, which could include removing the rib.

Meanwhile, Stanton, fully healed from the calf strain that bothered him during the spring, has “been looking good,’’ according to Thames.

“His swing is where it needs to be,’’ Thames said. “He’s been hitting off the machine and hitting BP on the field. He’s a pro. He gets his work done. He’s ready to go and I think his teammates are excited by that.’’

But the situation in Tampa remains far from normal, even with the possibility of a resumption of spring training, as MLB and the Players Association try to reach an agreement. Thames said they are listening to health officials and keeping their distance when at the facility several times a week.

“It’s different,’’ Thames said of the atmosphere at George M. Steinbrenner Field. “It’s weird not having all the guys here. [Aaron] Boone is back home with his family. We try to play music and keep it loose as possible and stay positive. Guys are really hoping we get a chance to get back on the field.’’

If that happens, Thames is confident his hitters won’t need long to regain their form.

“Guys are trying to do as much as possible to make sure they’re ready to go if we get ready to go again,’’ Thames said.

The biggest challenge will be timing.

“Hitting is timing,’’ Thames said. “I think guys just have to get their timing back. Hopefully two or three weeks into it, we’ll be ready to go.’’

Now Thames is just waiting for the green light so he and the coaching staff can formulate a plan.

“We just don’t know what’s gonna happen,’’ Thames said. “We’re just hoping both sides can get together and we can get back out there and make sure everybody is safe. We miss it. That’s all we’ve done for a long time.’’
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Postby T15D23 » Sat May 23, 2020 11:03 am

12 Years Later, This Trade’s Still Paying Off For Yankees
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It has been a dozen years since the Yankees swung a trade for outfielder Nick Swisher, who paid immediate dividends as part of the franchise and whose acquisition continues to benefit the organization to this day. On Nov. 13, 2008, the Yankees sent two minor league pitchers – Jeff Marquez and Jhonny Nunez – as well as veteran infielder Wilson Betemit to the White Sox for Swisher and young hurler Kanekoa Texeira. Most of the pieces in the swap – Marquez, Nunez and Texeira – failed to pan out in the majors, but the move revived the switch-hitting Swisher’s career and helped him land a sizable payday in free agency down the road.

If we go back to the start, Swisher opened his career as a rather effective member of the Athletics, who chose him 16th overall in the 2002 draft. As a member of the big club from 2004-07, Swisher batted .251/.361/.464 (118 wRC+) with 80 home runs and 10.0 fWAR over 1,924 plate appearances, aiding Oakland in three plus-.500 seasons and a playoff berth. However, almost six years after spending a high pick on him, the A’s sold the affable Swisher, dealing him to the White Sox in January 2008 for a package led by left-hander Gio Gonzalez. That worked out fine for Oakland, which received a couple terrific years from Gonzalez before trading him to the Nationals in December 2011 in yet another notable transaction.

While the A’s profited from Gonzalez’s presence, his career took a bad turn in his first year out of Oakland. The 2008 campaign was one of the worst of Swisher’s time in the game, and he was unable to win the favor of then-White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen as a result. While Swisher was seemingly a solid clubhouse presence in the majors, Guillen thought the opposite. He said in November 2008, a little while after the White Sox parted with Swisher: “To be honest with you, I was not happy with the way he was reacting at the end of the season. He wasn’t helping me either.” Maybe the relationship would have been better had Swisher produced, though he instead struggled to a .219/.332/.410 line (93 wRC+) in 588 PA. But Swisher did pop 24 home runs, his third of nine straight seasons with 20-plus, and Yankees general manager Brian Cashman decided to buy low on him.

To this day, the Swisher pickup looks like one of the most brilliant decisions of Cashman’s lengthy tenure atop New York’s front office. Swisher was a quality contributor throughout his time as a Yankee, including in a 2009 campaign that saw the team win its most recent World Series championship. From that season through 2012, Swisher’s last as a Yankee, he hit .268/.367/.483 (128 wRC+) with 105 HRs and 14.4 fWAR across 2,501 PA, also earning his lone All-Star berth in the process. But the Yankees were not willing to commit to Swisher once he became a free agent before 2013, which, for multiple reasons, was a wise call in hindsight.

In January 2013, the Ohio-born Swisher returned to his native state on a four-year, $56MM contract with the Indians. Unfortunately for Cleveland, it didn’t get anything close to the Yankees’ version of Swisher. Owing in part to knee problems, Swisher slashed a below-average .228/.311/.377 (92 wRC+) with 32 homers and minus-0.5 fWAR in 1,146 PA in an Indians uniform. They dealt Swisher and fellow outfielder Michael Bourn to the Braves for infielder Chris Johnson in August 2015. That proved to be Swisher’s final season in MLB, though he did return to the Yankees on a minor league contract in 2016 before his career came to an end later that year.

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The season after Swisher said goodbye to pro baseball, another star was born in New York. Towering right fielder Aaron Judge, a top 100 prospect in his younger days, exploded on the scene in 2017, batting .284/.422/.627 (174 wRC+), smacking 52 homers and racking up 8.3 fWAR. Judge fell short of AL MVP honors then, but he won Rookie of the Year in his league and was part of a club that took the eventual title-winning Astros to a seven-game LCS.

While injuries have somewhat limited Judge’s availability since his initial season, you can’t argue with the production he has managed when he has been able to take the field. Since his second year, Judge has recorded a line of .278/.392/.528 (good for a 146 wRC+) and amassed 54 dingers with 9.7 fWAR.

Judge is now 28 years old, a two-time All-Star and perhaps the face of the Bronx-based franchise, but he may have never gotten there if not for Swisher. Allowing Swisher to depart in free agency entitled the Yankees to a compensatory selection in the ensuing draft. They used that pick, No. 32 in 2013, on Judge – a former Fresno State Bulldog. So, not only did the Yankees benefit from Swisher’s best seasons as a pro, but stealing him from the White Sox 12 years ago is still paying off for them in a big way.
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Re: Yankees Off Season Thread

Postby davis2 » Sun May 24, 2020 11:06 pm

T15D23 wrote:
davis2 wrote:
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HUH?

Davis, hello. If there is no revenue coming in from the gate, what are you talking about.

Class warfare crap.

If you own a business your revenue needs to cover your costs, expenses, plus make a profit.

There is NO WAY for this to happen without the gate.

Unclear what you are not understanding about this.
I don't need a business lesson. The owners have been signing some big TV deals. They need to prove their income to the players, why believe your adversary??? It would also build some trust, we all know that is in short supply. And why do you have a problem with owners proving their income?


OK, then explain to me how $1M in TV revenue is supposed to cover $1.5++++M in daily salary?

We know the TV income because the companies that pay it are publicly traded.

So, where do you think this other income is coming from if there is no gate receipts?

These are exceptional, insane times, especially how we are handling this nonsense, but the one constant is money in, money out.

Yankees stand to lose over $41M for 82 games without income from the gate, etc.

I don't see either side as the adversary, other than the union looking to not set a precedent, even though this is not normal times.

All I know, is that the damage that can be done to this sport ala 1994, is a definite possibility.
Shit, the league has to open the books. I don't trust them to be honest.
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Re: Yankees Off Season Thread

Postby T15D23 » Tue May 26, 2020 10:13 am

davis2 wrote:
T15D23 wrote:
davis2 wrote: I don't need a business lesson. The owners have been signing some big TV deals. They need to prove their income to the players, why believe your adversary??? It would also build some trust, we all know that is in short supply. And why do you have a problem with owners proving their income?


OK, then explain to me how $1M in TV revenue is supposed to cover $1.5++++M in daily salary?

We know the TV income because the companies that pay it are publicly traded.

So, where do you think this other income is coming from if there is no gate receipts?

These are exceptional, insane times, especially how we are handling this nonsense, but the one constant is money in, money out.

Yankees stand to lose over $41M for 82 games without income from the gate, etc.

I don't see either side as the adversary, other than the union looking to not set a precedent, even though this is not normal times.

All I know, is that the damage that can be done to this sport ala 1994, is a definite possibility.
Shit, the league has to open the books. I don't trust them to be honest.


D, maybe it is just me. But what books exactly? If there is no revenue generated from fans to come see a game, what are you looking for?

TV Deals?
Radio deals?
In park ads?
Licensing of the teams name & likeness?

None of the above can cover salary of the team plus staff plus administrative, etc.

For 2020, the teams have made nothing, in fact I would guess they are all at losses as they pay the players during spring training which when they play live ST games, the gate is a fraction of a fraction.

So, like I said, maybe it is me, but what do you think the teams are hiding?
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