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Published April 3, 2014
DRAFT DAY: MLB.com's Jim Callis reported values for picks in the first 10 rounds of '14 MLB's First-Year Player Draft and for each team's four int'l Draft slots will "be increased by 1.7 percent over last year's assigned figures." Draft bonus pools for all 30 clubs will now total $205.79M and the int'l bonus pools will equal $79.19M. The industry spent $219.3M on Draft bonuses in '13, and "had paid out" $88.7M on int'l bonuses through Feb. 9. The Marlins, who "have more selections (13) in the first 10 rounds than any club, have the highest Draft pool" at $14.2M, but only in '05 have they "spent as much" as $8M. The lowest pool "belongs to the Orioles," who have an allotment of $2.2M (MLB.com, 4/2).
ALL IT'S CRACKED UP TO BE? ESPN.com's David Schoenfield wrote MLB with its new replay system is "getting more calls correct -- and that’s admirable and necessary -- but we’re still seeing controversy and confusion." MLB "should have known from watching the NFL that instant replay wasn’t going to be a panacea." Replay "is not going to be a perfect system," and the delays, while "usually short, do seem to provide an unnatural pause to a game." In addition, managers "yelling at the men in blue" will soon "seem like a relic of baseball’s past, like ivy-free walls at Wrigley" (ESPN.com, 4/2).