Comments on: International Bonus Money Already Changing Hands http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/07/international-bonus-money-already-changing-hands.html Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Wed, 12 Nov 2014 18:37:00 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 By: Ecbucs http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/07/international-bonus-money-already-changing-hands.html#comment-30534 Wed, 03 Jul 2013 14:52:43 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=59242#comment-30534 I know the Bucs haven’t been making high profile signings but it seems like a lot of teams went out of their way to announce signings yesterday.

Wonder how many players the Bucs did sign (I would expect them to use all their bonus money).

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By: Steve Williams http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/07/international-bonus-money-already-changing-hands.html#comment-30516 Wed, 03 Jul 2013 02:28:59 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=59242#comment-30516 Nope. MLB would win any such case hands down. Courts, including the Supreme Court, have ruled that the union certified to represent the workers in a given industry can negotiate entry level terms and wages. That’s why no attorney has any interest in pursuing a lawsuit. Lots of expense for no gain.

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By: skliesen http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/07/international-bonus-money-already-changing-hands.html#comment-30515 Wed, 03 Jul 2013 02:25:18 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=59242#comment-30515 We’re Pelosi and Harry Reid consulted on how to design this system? Reminds me of congressional legislation.

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By: Kevin_Young http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/07/international-bonus-money-already-changing-hands.html#comment-30508 Tue, 02 Jul 2013 21:00:46 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=59242#comment-30508 At first I didn’t care, but Theo is really starting to scare me with how well and rapidly he’s building up that team.

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By: smurph http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/07/international-bonus-money-already-changing-hands.html#comment-30506 Tue, 02 Jul 2013 20:48:48 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=59242#comment-30506 Answer: It’s baseball. Everything is different. In the real world “strike” means to hit something or someone. In baseball “strike” means you DIDN’T hit the ball. The “foul line” and “foul pole” are actually in fair territory. A book rule double is referred to as a “ground rule” double. When you “score a run” it actually means you stop running. For a Home “Run” you jog instead of running. For a “walk” most guys jog to first. A “curve ball” usually breaks down (drops) instead of curving sideways. A “knuckleball” is thrown with the fingernails on the ball, not the knuckles. The October Classic is now played partly in Novemmber. Two leagues play games against each other, but they use different rules. The “All-star Game” is played at the midway point in the season where you honor players, based on what they did in the first half of the season. What they do in the 2nd half is irrelevant. Wait, I was wrong on that one. The All-star game is a popularity contest, where the best-known players play instead of the players who are playing the best. And one player can be paid more than an entire team (ARod).

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By: Thom Kay http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/07/international-bonus-money-already-changing-hands.html#comment-30504 Tue, 02 Jul 2013 20:43:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=59242#comment-30504 Cubs moves are brilliant. They have no intention of being in the bottom 2 teams again, so this is maybe their last chance to spend big on the international market.

Why not spend $6-7 million now?

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By: michaelbro8 http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/07/international-bonus-money-already-changing-hands.html#comment-30502 Tue, 02 Jul 2013 20:37:34 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=59242#comment-30502 You get a bunch of lawyers together in a room, and stuff like this happens

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By: BostonsCommon http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/07/international-bonus-money-already-changing-hands.html#comment-30500 Tue, 02 Jul 2013 20:03:19 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=59242#comment-30500 Has to fall somewhere between anti-trust regulation and collusion right?

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By: wkkortas http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/07/international-bonus-money-already-changing-hands.html#comment-30499 Tue, 02 Jul 2013 19:57:06 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=59242#comment-30499 At some point, some amateur player and his advisor will sue MLB over its slotting system, and it seems that MLB will have a hard time defending itself.

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By: BostonsCommon http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/07/international-bonus-money-already-changing-hands.html#comment-30498 Tue, 02 Jul 2013 19:45:06 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=59242#comment-30498 Not to go on a rant, but these are the most ridiculous, hypocritical rules, in all of sports… “These players can get paid, and these players cannot. And these players can be be drafted, but if you’re from this country you’re a free agent? And if you are a Free Agent you can only get paid so much to sign, but once you’ve signed, you can then sign another contract for as much as you want.

Meanwhile, some jackass is in the other room saying, “Here, lets let the Yanks give ARod $300M to sit on the bench and shoot steroids into his ass, and watch his hips and the rest of his body fall apart because of it”.

I mean its ridiculous. There’s no rhyme or reason to any of it. Why are you going to cap spending on one group of players (Intl. FAs or Prep/College players) and not cap it on the others (MLB players). If you don’t want to have a MLB salary cap, then fine, don’t have it, and teams will have to figure out other ways to compete. But when they find those other ways (drafting and intl FA, how the hell do you say, “ok, we’re capping that, but not MLB spending.”

I mean its the ultimate band aide on a bullet wound…

Sorry, rant over.

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