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CBA Negotiations Major Talking Point As Weiner Begins Spring Training Tour
Published February 22, 2011
PLAYERS UNITED: Cardinals P and player rep Kyle McClellan said of the MLBPA, "Between our veterans and our leaderships, we're very aware of the past. People talk about '94. They talk about what we had to do to gain things and hang onto them. That's the difference between us and everyone else -- solidarity." YAHOO SPORTS' Jeff Passan noted one Cardinals player indicated that he received a licensing check of $6,500 from the union, down 80% from a typical licensing check of about $40,000. That "didn't rest well with him," but he "didn't begin to question the union using the money to build up a war chest in case labor negotiations don't go as planned." The player: "I trust them. We don't want to end up like the NFL where we're losing our leverage because players are going out and spending their money. I'm fine giving up money for the good of the union." Meanwhile, MLB sources have indicated that they will "pursue a worldwide draft during bargaining sessions," but Weiner said, "The idea of a worldwide draft -- while not prejudging what happens at the bargaining table -- is difficult. We're prepared to talk about reforming how all entry-level players come into the game. The logistics of applying a unitary draft to players from such varying conditions, though, is tough" (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 2/21).
GOING COLD TURKEY? MLB.com's Anthony Castrovince noted the "smokeless tobacco trend is generating discussion" as MLB and the MLBPA near negotiations. U.S. Sens. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) both are "calling for an outright ban." MLB "must sign off on" a ban, but there is "growing reason ... to suspect it will." Castrovince: "We could very well be entering the final season in which smokeless tobacco use is so noticeably present in the game" (MLB.com, 2/21).