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The players ratify the labor deal

Dec 1, 2011, 3:38 PM EDT

Selig and Weiner

The deal was obviously done, but today the MLBPA announced that the union membership has ratified the new collective bargaining agreement.

Some of our previous thoughts on the CBA can be read herehere and here.  The upshot: great for peace and notable issues like HGH testing and tobacco and stuff, worrisome for what it does to hamstring teams who want to build through the draft and amateur signings.  It’s a surprisingly small number of people who seem to care about that even though it will have a pretty tremendous impact on the game going forward.

But hey, no strikes, right?

  1. El Bravo - Dec 1, 2011 at 3:45 PM

    Actually, if all goes right, there will be lots and lots and lots of strikes. In fact, there will be more strikes than nearly anything else. More strikes than balls, more strikes than hits, more strikes than balks, etc. WE WANT STRIKES. But no, we’d prefer not to have a singular strike. Those type of strikes are just, well, foul.

  2. lanflfan - Dec 1, 2011 at 3:58 PM

    Labor peace is better then what the NBA did to itself.

    Hopefully the creative handling of the draft was a precursor to a better system, because what they agreed to is rather silly.

  3. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Dec 1, 2011 at 5:45 PM

    I think I speak for most fans when I say:

    Strike < A partially hamstrung amateur draft process

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