Guest: Keanan Lamb, Baseball Prospectus
Josh and Jim discuss the latest happenings with the protests of police brutality and the death of George Floyd. The White Sox have been quiet during this ordeal and raises questions if they shouldn’t be more active at a time the South Side community needs them.
Keanan Lamb of Baseball Prospectus swings by to preview this week’s MLB Draft. Who he thinks could be available for the White Sox at pick 11, and his picks for favorite prospect and who could slide in the draft.
0:00 – 15:34: White Sox response to George Floyd and Black Lives Matter protests
15:35: MLB’s plan to return in 2020 and the NY Daily News report on lack of awareness of the safety plan from city health officials
30:36: 2020 MLB Draft Preview with Keanan Lamb
63:30: P.O. Sox
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Great words and sentiments Josh at your introduction of the podcast. You are a good man. The police sirens in the background from where you recorded (clocking around 7 min) just provide your words an eerie and hard to described effect.
Seconded. Jerry Reinsdorf has made billions from sites on Chicago’s South and West Sides shaped by racism and racial exploitation. If you read the book Playing the Field, his role in this history has not been passive. His silence is deafening.
Really happy the name Wilcox came up, I am all for the highest upside college arm that may be on the board at pick 11. If the sox know they have an inside track if not inside deal already with Oscar Colas then a high upside bat isn’t as big a need and I would make pick 11 about adding a college starting arm.
“MLB has made proposal to Players. 75 percent Prorated salary. 76 game season. Playoff pool money. No draft pick compensation for signing player. Season finishes September 27th. Post season ends at end of October. Significant move towards players demands and effort to play more.”
Karl Ravech reports
Hard to imagine the players can effectively turn that down and keep public support. The gap is definitely narrowing and I am not sure how they think they can get much more then 75% when fans wont be at games and the season is chopped down in half.
They can’t really hinge any strategy on having public support. Also, there’s this:
To piggy back:
Maybe I am looking at it wrong, but say the gate contributes just 30% of revenue… (totally lost) and then everything else makes up the 70%, the players are going to play less then half a season, thats less then 50% and then say the players and owners split the loss of revenue on the ticket side (30/2) 15%… thats 35% pay…. they are being offered 33% and winning a nice caveat with that no draft pick compensation . To me that seems close to “fair” whatever fair even is now a days.
I don’t think any player’s contracts are tied to gate revenues, so to them it doesn’t matter what the owners lose out on. Especially if the books are going to remain closed and nobody has any true insight into how teams are making their money.
I look at it this way:
Manfred presses the button on 50 game season: Players make 100% of per-game pay
Players accept the latest deal from Owners: 75% of per-game pay
So if a player were set to make $16.2 million in 2020, which is a $100,000 per game, their pay would look like:
50-game season: $5,000,000
76-game season: $5,700,000
$700,000 more to play 26 more games. Based on the March agreement, it should be $2.6 million more so the owners would be asking this player to take $1.9 million pay cut to play 26 more games.
Or, we can use Lucas Giolito ($585,000 in 2020)
50-game season: $180,550
76-game season: $205,827
Is making an extra $25,000 enough for Lucas Giolito to make 5 additional starts in 2020?
yea I see your points
would be so interesting to see the books of these clubs…
I don’t know how things will turn out, but I’m 100% sure that MLB won’t open the books.
To piggyback too:
When I heard the pro wrestling question, the first guy that came to mind for me was Yermin Mercedes. Perfect call, guys. However, Josh, you’re incorrect about The Rock’s rise to stardom. He actually started out as a clean-cut, straightforward babyface known as Rocky Maivia (name taken from his grandfather, High Chief Peter Maivia, and his father, Rocky Johnson) and the audiences HATED him, regularly booing his matches. It wasn’t until after he turned heel as The Rock that audiences started to get behind him because he wasn’t a cookie-cutter caricature but genuinely entertaining, and he took that attitude and swag with him when he finally turned face again.
Ah! Thank you for the correction. I forgot about his Rocky Maivia days.