overseas pharmacy no prescription premarin dramamine woldwide shipping pharmacy escrow out of business can you double the dose of claritin what is the dose of zyrtec for kids los algodones purple pharmacy prices is fincar legal in uk discount code for zebeta medikament sotalex 160 combivent online pharmacy uk cialis price walgreens zanaflex pills buy toprol dosage for anxiety nymphomax with american express toradol online legally amantadina clorfenamina paracetamol in english sticky content ltd comparateur de prix pour cialis royal blue pillbox hat pravachol on line cheap clozaril usa canadian online pharmacy for femara where yagara side effects of misoprostol in dogs unicure remedies pvt. ltd viagra aceon tablets buy viagra professional canada zyban overnight delivery is generic lisinopril available in usa original saw palmetto online generic vasotec overnite shipping dostinex bonus pills mirapex shopping diclofenac generico gel i pill allopurinol website risperdal no prescription reviews on propecia promethazine pills gg 225 effects sims medieval ou acheter les alliance tesco stores selling viagra code red 7 ingredients buy erythromycin for acne seroquel high where can i purchase aciclovir compounding pharmacy san jose costa rica otc viagra walmart cheap effexor xr usa cipla finpecia uk fluoxetine australia celexa medication reviews promethazine phenergan 25mg tablets cost viagra thailand probalan no prescription canada mifeprex misoprostol buy best atacand prices v-gel pills generic name for zovirax hytrin spain purinethol online ordering overseas drugs where to diovan telmisartan hydrochlorothiazide bioequivalence zetia order online is generic plavix from canada safe valtrex dosage shingles roxithromycin tablets on line to buy nitrofurantoin macro 100mg premarin discontinued in uk what is paroxetine hcl 40 mg tablet for albendazole without script alben cheap buy frumil tablets us cheapest place to live by the sea in uk tadacip suppliers exelon capsules buy cleocin gel 40 albuterol sulfate side effects babies differin online overnight order bactrim on line mexico trimix dive computer reviews ventolin evohaler patients buy aceon 1 prescription mg cheap actos medication online imuran coupon code dostinex italiano entocort delivery uk neurontin 100 mg for pain nizoral shampoo shelf life what does allegra drug antihistamine enzyte reviews truth tulasi tablets buy atacand pills indian pharmacy depakote price of lamictal without insurance aciphex uses medication avalide online usa cheap canadian lipothin no prescription post cycle therapy carafate health canada lasuna can i buy atarax in europe clavamox 500 posologia fake cialis from india oral lamisil cost glimepiride with metformin india best place to buy amoxil in uk chlamydia symptoms in both men and women where artane buy minocin with no rx what is zyprexa prescribed for how to use pilex renagel in usa mas'c' elocom ulotka avapro online shipping buy kamagra soft tablets purchase synthroid online adalat indian movie 1958 celexa citalopram medication prescription drugs without prescriptions canada buy promethazine with no rx promethazine pills 25 mg help over the counter london online viagra amitriptyline 20 mg ibs domperidone lactation australia Purchase kamagra 200mg zovirax pump reviews colchicine pharmacy order liquid avodart review 20 mg Purchase aciphex online tretinoin 0,025 dose can nifedipine capsules be opened generic paroxetine usa pharmacy pillmedica com review where do i buy celebrex lowest price pulmicort buy sinemet 20 acquistare zofran in italia what is zoloft made up of where is protonix manufacturer motilium lowest price zantac mg tablet best place to buy tamoxifen citrate erectile dysfunction drugs otc cost of celexa in ontario 2nd round clomid 100mg success buy lithium mg buy coreg online no prescription us buy viagra sample cialis professional australia abc pharmacy online canada p57 hoodia comprar espan~a compazine tablets from buy promethazine drugstore.com alli over the counter glaxosmithkline generic moduretic safe is 5 mg cialis enough blue pill red pill tumblr buy dapoxetine priligy europe ambien cr side effects seroquel dosage for insomnia buy diakof hong kong syrup depo-provera injection no rx best place to buy trazodone in usa buy mentax pills online original bupron sr online where can i buy prozac in the uk maxalt over the couter traditional medicine for abortion where purchase glyset acai pills review what is the maximum number of refills allowed on accutane prescriptions best site get kamagra soft generic for advair diskus fluticasone aceon buy online ireland beat way to order erythromycin zanaflex medication online combivent generico online generic augmentin side effects prometrium in the uk now costo roacutan mexico chloroquine from canada buy canada no prescription for deltasone can i use cialis everyday snovitra super power refill pack what is propranolol 40 mg purchase coversyl plus buy avalide perth australia voltaren forte tablete himcolin canadian pharmacy elavil amitriptyline reviews does propecia work on the temples buying luvox in manchester asda pharmacy kirkcaldy tenormin pill canadian blue diamond shaped pill with 100 on one side discount canadian pharmacy fml forte what is l-tryptophan for reglan lawsuit deadline best generic deltasone review what is generic us viagra best price for real sinemet acheter pas cher zetia angela women;s ginseng usa snorting percocet 512 mcat 24 med school lipothin how does it work oxytrol for sale uk online pulmicort purchase anacin visa what does flagyl er treat best zestoretic prices amoxil antibiotics vermox plus contraindicaciones alcohol sertralina 50 mg bula what is the difference between glucotrol and glucotrol xl risperdal sales 2010 saw palmetto side effects weight gain fucidin cream rxlist finpecia tablets from buy paroxetine er 12.5 mg abilify side effects wiki lov cost lozol micronase pill shop discount code can haldol get you high lynoral suppositories buy can you buy combivent over the counter in germany generic name for finax buy bupropion sr india buspar usa sale best over the counter sleep aid unisom wellbutrin australia how to use colchicine for gout sertraline hcl 50 mg oral tablet lov cost viagra jelly asacol enema dose prometrium benefits side effects online paroxetine overnight delivery pantoprazole sodium sesquihydrate online drug stores no prescription trazodone generico online nexium for dogs buy buy cozaar online with mastercard brand celebrex buy viagra super active order in the us cheap luvox online sale canada levitra online indian pharmacy styplon digoxin from canada dostinex over counter uk the canadian alliance of physiotherapy regulators buy fincar overseas what is promethazine dm syrup prescribed for cytotec precio chile lisinopril from canadian pharmacy can you take 30 mg cialis mexican tenormin walmart cheap prescription drugs buy over the counter ginseng online prevacid coupons $5 prednisolone 5mg tablets asthma order glucophage online no prescription with a mastercard floxin otic dosage children low price diamox uk comprar remedio para emagrecer xenical original tadalis sx online original zoloft online is it safe to order suhagra adalat tablets us online apcalis sx discounts codes generic kamagra soft usa pharmacy what is the correct dosage of renagel discount pharmacy mitchell canberra side effects of aricept 23 where can i get pills for chlamydia vasotec without prescription miami abilify lowest price generic aricept price fluoxetine without a prescription from mexico para norapred prednisona viagra clock ebay genuine serpina best price advair diskus canada no prescription zestoretic on the internet side effects of clomid during ovulation viagra generika per nachnahme bestellen where to buy cheap generic mobic zyvox tablets 40mg cheap genuine zetia online safe place order zithromax buy zyban online pharmacy generic viagra no prescription uk where to buy cheap generic tetracycline what does allegra mean in italian jaunty buy chloroquine malaria tablets doxycycline monohydrate 100mg reviews buy zithromax overnight is levitra better than viagra buy chloromycetin mg online signs of chlamydia in women buy decadron online from usa what does hyaluronic acid valtrex australia pbs cheap viagra sublingual 40 mg no prescription purinethol sale unisom reviews sleepgels buy lotensin singapore order canada discount dilantin what is lipitor made of Purchase actos mexico pharmacy aslene capsules long term side effects of dutasteride diclofenac 10 mg g gel diabetes type 2 medication metformin buy vermox pills online buy levitra professional in singapore donde puedo comprar medicamento alli renagel generic release date generic arimidex paypal cialis viagra levitra difference best pills to lose weight and gain muscle common side effects of luvox cr safe glucotrol no prescription ayurslim side effects long term use pomegranate juice recipe indian non prescription prograf pharmacy buy avapro from mexico online side effects diltiazem er 240 mg capsules craigslist newcastle nsw liquid sumycin review can you buy dramamine patches over the counter ordering zebeta best pharmacy to order zithromax moduretic uses medication allopurinol suppliers overseas medicine cozaar 50 mg pharmacy online usa no prescription cymbalta in mexico online pharmacy reviews tramadol what is the cost of viagra at walmart get pyridium las vegas order zofran 120 mg buy anacin 200 aldactone no prescription needed buy online viagra commercial blues song what is rosuvastatin tablets for buy viagra in london online very cheap trazodone cheap genuine hyaluronic acid online canada meds coupon code what does zantac do for babies atorlip-20 costco what types of abana are there ordering strattera mexico dutas order on web cafetaria florida benicarlo generic actoplus met 15 $500 buying florinef in manchester chloromycetin paypal the big red pharmacy in tijuana cheap plavix 75mg online where can i buy alli in australia reglan for sale uk cialis sublingual overnight pharmacy can you buy over the counter in australia zovirax online prilosec weight gain 2011 minocycline schizophrenia and glur1 glutamate receptors donde puedo comprar xenical en mexico indocin dose for acute gout can you only get menosan on prescription annual sales of lipitor 2009 otc asthma inhaler brands celebrex composition cheap motilium buy online avalide generic drug zyrtec tablets drugstore beetle pictures cheap diamox pills prescription effects cleocin gel from india alphagan discount over counter urispas hong kong buy flovent online 50mcg buy biaxin online no prescription usa prevacid western australia erythromycin discount no prescription cheap viagra pills generic buy alavert pills depakote pharmacy price calcium carbonate drug delivery imiquimod reviews genital warts zyloprim tablets side effects 2012 airush lithium sale cheap buy skelaxin online without erythromycin shortage 2012 cheapest price on bupropion zoloft lawsuit in canada meclizine hydrochloride in canada where to buy trial erection packs 1 with visa buy ambien online paypal buy meclizine for daily use buy rumalaya in usa discount ceftin side effects of lipitor and plavix price increase anacin what is roxithromycin tablets 150mg resources for naprosyn styplon uk online genuine prevacid 100mg buy wellbutrin online overnight delivery comprar levitra generico no brasil kamagranow.co.uk can you still get pregnant on the yasmin pill buy vytorin online cheap what are the side effects of stopping cymbalta cold turkey flonase by mail otc inhaler clomid online fast shipping motrin shortage 2011 depakote online pharmacy shipped to canada bupropion tablets via nasal insufflation 100 mg decadron order isoptin overnight vpxl italiano what types of lynoral are there buying snovitra super power in manchester comprar keftab portugal cheap shallaki buy online xeloda drugstore.com nolvadex pills online in the canada what are the symptoms of chlamydia in men and women levitra plus pharmacy dapoxetine tablets in india is canadian healthcare pharmacy legitimate generic cialis 2.5 can you order cipro online amlodipine 5mg price voveran on the internet paroxetine 20mg tab internal lb aciclovir online pharmacy shipped to canada lotensin no prescription canada rhinathiol 2 for children and infants to buy diltiazem flagyl for cats dose best herbal water pills buy motilium 5 lamisil weight gain viagra tablets uk lowest priced aciphex side effects of dulcolax balance +meds india ltd conditions advair diskus tablets price prescription carafate without discount purchase sinemet cheap citalopram hbr 10 mg tablet side effects cordarone iv prescribing information requip medicine children what is the dosage for keflex 500 mg can you buy viagra in dublin azithromycin generic price augmentin 100 mg fiyat? when will singulair be sold over the counter voveran sr shoppers drug mart cheapest drug suhagra viagra jet lag types of blood pressure medication australia altace for sale online provera canadian online overnight pharmacy is it safe to take two unisom pills best place buy trileptal acticin no prescription needed does cialis 2.5 mg work what type of drug is artane maximum dose of lopressor iv lamisil spray vs cream sominex for sale philippines nizoral shampoo 2 hair loss cost of coumadin therapy meclizine dosage children us pharmacy online snovitra super power hong kong buy flovent online average wholesale price drugs 2012 how to prepare 1000x ampicillin cheap online eyeglasses prescriptions tamoxifen 40 mg hexal clomid male fertility side effects tenormin 10 mg cost lov cost paroxetine us online pharmacy no prescription valtrex baclofen pump can we trust seroflo online valacyclovir 1000 mg what is seroquel classified as metformin 500 mg cost glucophage dosage for pcos coming off cipralex 5mg depakote australia companies only side effects of amoxicillin and clavulanate potassium 875 mg keftab on line purchase abilify over the counter blog cheapest generic lipitor made in india beconase aq nasal spray price where to get prescription for finasteride coreg order canada cheap pain meds online no prescription kamagra soft uk next day delivery zyloprim 100mg buy leflunomide arava psoriatic arthritis without order cleocin online fucidin cheap can i make haldol is there a difference between generic and brand cialis generic robaxin images original glucotrol xl online cialis pills india generic gyne-lotrimin in usa nymphomax generic reviews buy tetracycline for fish what is parlodel for order nexium generic walgreens viagra otc best pharmacy to order trental vytorin to buy in australia order blopress prescription ethinyl estradiol for transgender bactrim tablets dose coreg medication assistance bupropion withdrawal fatigue buy eulexin online no prescription us snovitra super power overnight pharmacy get duphalac toronto sale indinavir how to take azithromycin 250 mg for chlamydia domperidone tablets ip 10 mg what is meclizine 12.5 mg long time side effects amantadine eurax uk next day delivery prandin online cheap viagra sales 2007 what is hytrin medication buy brand name cialis online sarafem 40 mg dose how long does it take for meclizine to work how to buy seroquel mestinon with no rx the online drugstore mentax
Home Pete Toms LWIB: A New Generation of "Well-Paid Slaves" in MLB?, Will Einhorn bring the "Extra 2%"to the Mets?, plus Tidbits

Like Shoot to Thrill - An AC/DC Tribute on Facebook!

An authentic tribute of AC/DC that covers the best of the Bon Scott era and the best of Brian Johnson's material

Who's Online?

We have 2006 guests online

Atom RSS

LWIB: A New Generation of "Well-Paid Slaves" in MLB?, Will Einhorn bring the "Extra 2%"to the Mets?, plus Tidbits PDF Print E-mail
User Rating: / 1
PoorBest 
Pete Toms Article Archive
Written by Pete Toms   
Tuesday, 31 May 2011 07:49

Last Week in Bizball by Pete Toms

This week in “Last Week in BizBall“, a new generation of “well-paid slaves”?, will David Einhorn bring the “Extra 2%“ advantage to the Mets?, plus tidbits.

A NEW GENERATION OF “WELL-PAID SLAVES”?

I’ve written here many times about the present and future of player recruitment in the Dominican Republic. There are several notable aspects to this matter. As the number of American boys playing baseball steadily declines, MLB franchises are increasingly reliant on acquiring talent abroad. MLB is eager to expand the Rule 4 draft (aka amateur draft) to Latin America both to control steeply increasing signing bonuses for international free agents and to foster greater competitive balance. (I’m sceptical about the latter) Player development in the Dominican Republic is, by all accounts, corrupt. Bonus kickback schemes have cost some senior level player development executives in MLB their jobs and federal charges have been laid. MLB clubs have invested millions of dollars in prospects whose ages and identities were eventually found to be fraudulent. Steroid use amongst players trained by buscones is believed to be rampant, with positive tests in the Dominican Summer League commonplace. Both the MLB Scouting Bureau and Department of Investigations are now active, on the ground, in the DR. Whether or not MLB is working with, or against, the buscones, is a matter of opinion. There appears to be agreement, in principle, between MLB and the PA that the introduction of a so called “worldwide draft” is a good idea. But the particulars of negotiating such with the respective governments is much more complex.

Aside from the industry nuts and bolts debates about reforming player development in the Dominican Republic, there is an ongoing political and social debate amongst baseball’s chattering classes (which I am a member of). In December I brought attention to a pair of reports in the New York Times (here and here) questioning if Americans are exploiting impoverished Dominican boys and their families. About the two Times reports, I wrote; “The first described wealthy Americans investing in Dominican baseball academies with hopes of earning commissions of up to 50% on contracts signed by the prospects with MLB franchises. It was difficult to interpret the report as anything less than a plantation metaphor. The second described loans made to Dominican boys and their families by baseball super-agent Scott Boras. In this instance it was difficult to interpret the report as anything less than Dominican baseball playing boys as indentured slaves.”

That first Times report identified former Yankees Chairman Steve Swindal as one of the investors in a new Dominican baseball academy, which operates independently of MLB. LWIB, Liz Mullen reported in the SportsBusiness Journal that Swindal’s group is seeking to acquire player agency heavyweight SFX Baseball for a reported $40 million. In turn, the agency would be merged with his existing Dominican academy (Pan American Sports Group) to form a new entity. According to Liz, Swindal‘s group is prepared to offer $40 million to acquire SFX Baseball. Again, according to Liz’ report, PASG’s academy trains boys aged 14-16 (the Times report speculated there were boys as young as 13 housed at such academies). All MLB franchises operate academies in the DR, but the players must be a minimum of 16 and their stay is limited to 30 days. While many will question the ethics of Swindal’s vision, the potential business upside of the proposed new entity is obvious. Liz obtained a document being circulated to potential investors which states, “Creating a holding company that owns (the player rep firm) SFXBB and PASG will benefit both entities,” “SFXBB will have unparalleled access to recruit top Latin American prospects, earlier than any other agency presently has.” Just as Scott Boras stated that players whose family members received loans from his agency are under no obligation to retain him when a MLB club attempts to sign them, Swindal stated that PASG trained players will be under no obligation to sing with an SFX Baseball agent.

While the optics of wealthy Americans effectively taking control of the lives of impoverished 14 year old boys in a foreign country are ugly, does it differ from what the buscones have done for decades? And, are MLB’s Urban Youth Academies no different, in principle, than Dominican academies? And would implementing the amateur draft in the DR change any of this? Should MLB lobby the Dominican government to sanction only their academies, shutting down the Swindal’s and buscones? Or is this a controversy created by liberal pundits? As I pointed out in December, Jeffrey Standen, professor of law at Willamette University, argued that wealthy Americans investing in Dominican baseball academies is not exploitative but rather “empowering“. Standen argues that similar private investment in impoverished domestic communities would result in a reversal of the trend of fewer African-American players in MLB.

Ironically, if U.S.-born baseball players could borrow against their "sports capital" as do players from outside the country, then we might see a change in baseball's dearth of African-American players. The very restrictions that Major League Baseball imposes on U.S.-born players effectively diminish the supply of minority players. American players cannot become professionals until they are age-eligible and are drafted or signed after the draft. As a result, American-born ballplayers must delay their professional careers, and may only negotiate with one team when they begin it. These rules lower the compensation for novice professionals, and thus raise the cost of entering the occupation. With no outside funding permitted to amateurs, young baseball players must rely on their families or their own wherewithal to undertake the considerable expense of training. Is it any wonder that U.S. minorities are disappearing from the major leagues?

The more money we can lure into investments in young athletes the better and more numerous those athletes will be. The fact that Dominican players are receiving direct funding from American interests will only further promote the Dominican player and further disadvantage the American one. Expect to see even fewer American-born players from impoverished backgrounds make it to the major leagues.

Steve Swindal, baseball plantation owner or provider of opportunity?

SELECT READ MORE TO SEE DETAILS ON DAVID EINHORN AND THE METS, PLUS THIS WEEK'S TIDBITS

DAVID EINHORN

MLB, like the other North American “stick and ball” leagues, does its best to promote/impose competitive balance/parity/mediocrity via the likes of the reverse order draft, free agent compensation (not to the free agent, but the team losing the player), revenue sharing, the Compeititive Balance Tax (de facto, MLB’s salary cap) divisional alignment (including the wild card), centralizing revenues (national TV, digital, MLB Network, secondary ticketing)…so, where and how, can a franchise gain a significant and consistent competitive edge over its competitors? Should you hope that your favourite team is owned by a fantastically successful Wall Street investor? Jonah Keri argued pretty much just that in his book, The Extra 2%: How Wall Street Strategies Took a Major League Baseball Team from Worst to First. According to Jonah, former Wall Streeters Stuart Sternberg, Andrew Friedman and Matthew Silverman completely turned around the on field fortunes of the woefully inept Tampa Bay Devil Rays simply by being smarter than their competitors (or most of them). In Jonah’s telling, the Wall Street experience of the aforementioned management group was crucial in readying them to compete in MLB. (I can’t find a quote because I don’t remember where I put the book when I returned from Mexico last month)

As you all know, LWIB saw another wildly successful Wall Streeter, David Einhorn, set to join the ranks of MLB ownership, in a minority position. Again, you know that Mr. Einhorn came to an agreement with the Mets owners that could eventually see him become majority owner. That is likely dependent on how successful Irving Picard is in suing the Mets majority owners for $1 billion. Lets assume that Mr. Einhorn is eventually majority owner of the Mets. Might he also be able to identify “the extra 2%” and make the Mets a regular playoff contender again? LWIB, the SportsBizblog wrote:

The track record of hedge fund owners in professional sports is generally a good one. Whether it's the application of lessons learned in the hedge fund business, the ability and willingness to spend the necessary time to lead the organization - since most of them are billionaires and have the luxury of time, or it's the knack for picking the right personnel, the track record holds up across sports. In baseball, there is John Henry, whose Red Sox broke an 86 year drought two years after he bought the team. In basketball, there is James Pallotta, a member of the ownership group of the Boston Celtics. In hockey, you have Philip Falcone, who owns part of the Minnesota Wild.

TIDBITS

  • Should we expect more, perhaps a full slate, of primetime baseball on Fox next season? (Anybody know how the Fox affiliates would react to that?) LWIB, the Sports Media Watch blog reported that May 21 ratings for MLB on Fox were the highest they’ve been in years. “Regional MLB action featuring Mets/Yankees earned a 2.8 final rating and 4.551 million viewers on FOX May 21, up 65% in ratings and 82% in viewership from afternoon coverage last year (STL/CHC*: 1.7, 2.504M). The 2.8 rating is tied as the highest for regular season baseball on FOX since July 2008 (BOS/NYY*: 3.0). (HT Fang’s Bites)
  • If you are interested in the debate over “blocking the plate”, Brian Goff has an interesting post at The Sports Economist blog.
  • I don’t receive NESN per se on my cable package. However, I do receive the occasional Red Sox game on NESN when it is simulcast on a Rogers Sportsnet channel. I most enjoy the Red Sox on NESN when Don Orsillo and the Rem Dawg get the giggles. So, I hope the rumour that Don is leaving NESN is false. (HT Fang’s Bites)
  • I’ve mentioned before here that MiLB president Pat O’Conner would soon need to decide if he would seek another four-year term (this term is his first). LWIB, Josh Leventhal reported that O’Conner announced he will seek a second term. As Josh has previously reported, some of O’Conner’s more ambitious initiatives such as partnering with MLBAM to form BIRCO and the Vero Beach Sports Village, have not been popular with some owners but O’Conner should easily be re-elected.
  • LWIB I learned that there is a baseball player agent named Bill Rose. I also learned that Mr. Rose owns a small part of the New York Yankees. The MLBPA is reviewing Rose’s application for recertification. Some agents think Rose’s situation is a flagrant COI. Others, including Gene Orza, believe rival agents have only become concerned about Rose’s role as owner since he started representing more high profile players. Read Liz Mullen.

Pete Toms is senior writer for the Business of Sports Network, most notably, The Biz of Baseball. He looks forward to your comments and can be contacted through The Biz of Baseball.

Follow The Biz of Baseball on Twitter Twitter

FacebookFollow the Business of Sports Network on Facebook

 
 
Banner

Poll

Should MLB Force Jeffery Loria to Sell the Marlins?