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The Major League Baseball Players Association’s quest to unionize minor-league players completed its first step with surprising speed, as MLBPA officials said that more than 50 percent of minor leaguers signed union authorization cards.
The next step is a request for voluntary recognition from the league.
If the league doesn’t recognize the union, then the National Labor Relations Board can hold an election. I’d be surprised if MLB acquiesced so quickly, but the move might prompt the league’s first comments on the activity. Rob Manfred and his cohorts have been quiet, perhaps because the Senate is inquiring about the antitrust exemption due to the way the league has conducted itself in managing Minor League Baseball.
- Lenyn Sosa went 1-for-4.
- Carlos Pérez was 0-for-2 with two walks.
- Yolbert Sánchez went 2-for-4 with a stolen base.
- Jason Bilous in relief: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 K
Chattanooga 2, Birmingham 0 (5 innings, rain)
- Bryan Ramos went 1-for-2.
- Oscar Colás had the other two hits, singling both times up.
- Yoelqui Céspedes was 0-for-2.
- Luis Mieses, Colson Montgomery and DJ Gladney all were 0-for-2 with a strikeout.
- Matthew Thompson: 4 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 43 of 61 pitches for strikes.
- Colby Smelley went 1-for-4 with a walk and two strikeouts.
- James Beard struck out all three times at bat.
- Jordan Sprinkle went 1-for-5 with two strikeouts and a stolen base.
- Brooks Baldwin was 1-for-4 with a K.
- Manuel Veloz: 2.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 3 K