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Josh Hamilton, Cody Ross, Jose Bautista Part of 132 Potential Salary Arbitration Players PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 06 January 2011 08:51

The 2011 salary arbitration filing period in Major League Baseball  kicked off yesterday, and with it, the annual rite of players with service time mostly between 3 and 6 years gets underway. This year, 132 players are potentially eligible, down 10 from 142 potential players last year.

Leading the way with the most potential salary arb players are the Los Angeles Angeles and Toronto Blue Jays with 8. After that, five teams (Orioles, Twins, Athletics, Padres, and World Series Champion Giants) have 5 players.

Notables include Josh Hamilton, Jose Bautista, C.J. Wilson, B.J. Upton, Dan Uggla, Cody Ross, and Jonathan Papelbon to name just a few.

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Bert Blyleven, Roberto Alomar Elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 05 January 2011 14:21

Blyleven and AlomarFormer Minnesota Twin pitching ace Bert Blyleven and second baseman Roberto Alomar have been voted to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Alomar received 523 votes (90%) while Blyleven received 463 (79.7%). Barry Larkin was third but missed the cut with 361 votes (62.1%). According to the BBWAA:

Alomar, who was in his second year on the ballot, received 523 votes, the third highest total in history, for a 90-percent plurality. He was the 26th player to reach the 90-percent level in BBWAA elections. Blyleven, who was in his 14th and next to last year of eligibility, was named on 463 ballots for 79.7 percent. Their election brings to 295 the number of elected Hall members. Of that total, 205 are former major-league players, of which 111 have been through the BBWAA ballot. Alomar is the 20th second baseman (18th former major leaguer) and Blyleven the 72nd pitcher (63rd former major leaguer) elected to the Hall.

Alomar batted .300 with a .371 on-base average and a .443 slugging percentage over a 17-season career with the San Diego Padres, Toronto Blue Jays, Baltimore Orioles, Cleveland Indians, New York Mets, Chicago White Sox and Arizona Diamondbacks. The switch hitter totaled 2,724 hits, 1,508 runs, 504 doubles, 80 triples, 210 home runs, 1,134 runs batted in and 474 stolen bases. Alomar, whose father and brother, both named Sandy, played in the majors, was on Toronto’s World Series champions of 1992 and ’93, was the Most Valuable Player of the 1992 American League Championship Series and MVP of the 1998 All-Star Game at Coors Field in Denver.

Blyleven pitched in 22 seasons with the Minnesota Twins, Texas Rangers, Pittsburgh Pirates, Cleveland Indians and California Angels and compiled a 287-250 record with a 3.31 ERA, 242 complete games, 60 shutouts and 3,701 strikeouts in 4,969 1/3 innings. The righthander pitched a no-hitter on Sept. 22, 1977 for the Rangers against the Angels and shares the AL single-game record for the longest one-hit complete game of 10 innings June 21, 1976. He, too, was a key part of two World Series champions, the 1979 Pirates and the 1987 Twins.

Between the two they played on 12 teams.

Two great Twins players weighed in on Blyleven's election.

"This is a great day for baseball in general and Twins fans in particular," said Rod Carew. "Bert's election to the Hall of Fame is well deserved and long overdue. Bert was as fierce a competitor as I ever faced on the mound. I look forward to being in Cooperstown in July and welcoming Bert Blyleven to the most exclusive club in the world."

"I am thrilled that Bert will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. I could not be happier if it was my own son," added Harmon Killebrew. "I played in the first game Bert pitched for the Minnesota Twins in 1970. He’s been a credit to the Twins organization and all of baseball. I wish it wouldn’t have taken so long but now that he is in, it’s wonderful."

In a statement on the Designated Hitter, Edgar Martinez got four fewer votes this year than last and dropped from 36.2 percent to 32.9 percent.

This ballot was the first real test of the Steroid Era, and it showed.

Jeff Bagwell, likely stung by his association to playing in the Steroid Era garnered just 242 (41.7%). He has never tested positive, nor been referenced as a PED user through such documents as the Mitchell Report. Bagwell has called a 3pm CT conference call through the Astros to address the voting.

Mark McGwire, who finally admitted to using steroids in an interview with Bob Costas in 2010 dropped to 115 (19.8%). Rafael Palmeiro, who infamously wagged a figure in Congress saying that he did not use steroids, only to test positive for them garnered just 64 votes (11.0%), while Kevin Brown who was referenced in the Mitchell Report pulled in even fewer (12 votes, 2.1%).

Benito Santiago, who was part of the BALCO investigation had just 1 vote. Bret Boone, who never tested positive for PEDs, but has been rumored to have, gained just a single vote, as well.

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Revenue-Sharing in Major League Baseball Totals $404 Million for 2010 PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 22 December 2010 08:48

MLBThe amount of money that moved from haves such as the Yankees and Red Sox to have-nots such as the Athletics and Padres in Major League Baseball totaled $404 million for 2010, according to league sources. The amount was a decline of 6.7 percent from last year when the total was $433 million.

The amount of money per club that was transferred from those that pulled in high revenues to those that needed assistance was not divulged.

Total gross revenues increased from $6.6 billion in 2009 to $7 billion for 2010. While revenues increased, some of the payors saw net local revenues increase at less a rate than some of the payees, hence the decline in revenue-sharing dollars..

Revenue-sharing, as it pertains to money that moves from high-revenue makers to low-revenue one is comprised of a percentage of net local revenues each year.


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Yankees, Red Sox Pay Luxury Tax in 2010 PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 21 December 2010 23:39

It was the same old, same old for the Yankees, and the Red Sox did it for the first time since 2007. Major League Baseball, through its soft cap known as the Competitive Balance Tax (CBT) or as it’s more commonly known as the Luxury Tax hit the Yankees for a bill of $18,029,654 while the Red Sox saw far less in penalties paying out $1,487,149. The amount doled out by the Yankees was the “smallest” taxed amount for the Bronx Bombers since the first year that the tax was implemented and they paid $11,798,357.

The CBT is the average annual value of salaries (AAV) plus benefits plus extended benefits, according to the CBA. End of Year salary (EOY) is the more common salary, prorated shares of signing bonuses, and credits and debits for cash paid by teams to traded players and cash received from teams for acquired players. The CBT payroll for the Yankees was $215,074,134 while the Red Sox saw CBT payroll of $176,609,550.

The Yankees paid a tax rate of 40 percent while the Red Sox paid a rate of 22.5 percent. The higher rate for the Yankees was due to breaking the Luxury Tax threshold for more than three consecutive years. This year, the tax threshold was $170 million. Should the Red Sox break the 2011 threshold  of $178 million they would be taxed at a 30 percent rate by going two consecutive years breaking the CBT ceiling.

Since 2003, the first year that the Luxury Tax was implemented, the Yankees have paid $192,213,073 or a staggering 92 percent of all Competitive Balance Tax paid.

The only other teams to pay the Luxury Tax are the Angels (2004) and the Tigers (2008).

The Competitive Balance Tax is not part of revenue –sharing. A large portion of the money paid by clubs that break the Luxury Tax threshold go back to the players in the form of benefits.

THE INFORMATION BELOW IS NOW AVAILABLE AT ANY TIME FROM ANY PAGE OF THE BIZ OF BASEBALL BY SELECTING MLB Luxury Tax Totals FROM UNDER “RESOURCES” IN THE LOWER LEFT NAVIGATION PANE

The following is Competitive Balance Tax (CBT), or as it is more commonly known as Luxury Tax payments by club and year since the "soft cap" was put in place as part of the 2002 MLB Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Year Yankees Red Sox Angels Tigers TOTALS
2010 $18,029,654 $1,487,149 $19,516,803
2009 $25,689,173 $25,689,173
2008 $26,862,702 $1,305,220 $28,167,922
2007 $23,881,386 $6,064,287 $29,945,673
2006 $26,009,039 $497,549 $26,506,588
2005 $33,978,702 $4,148,981 $38,127,683
2004 $25,964,060 $3,148,962 $927,057 $30,040,079
2003 $11,798,357


$11,798,357
TOTALS $192,213,073 $15,346,928 $927,057 $1,305,220 $209,792,278

Source: The Associated Press

Competitive Balance Tax


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Cleveland Indians to Wear Patch Honoring Bob Feller During 2011 Season PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 20 December 2010 17:10

With the recent passing of Hall of Famer Bob Feller, the Cleveland Indians will honor him over the course of the 2011 season with the following uniform patch.

Bob Feller patch

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MLB Countersuing Anheuser-Busch Over Deal with NFL PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 17 December 2010 10:59

MLBWhen Anheuser-Busch filed suit against league for breach of contract renewal in early November, it caught many by surprise. A-B has been long-time MLB cornerstone sponsor of the league.  baseball was reneging on renewing their longstanding agreement, which expires on Dec. 31 of 2010. Anheuser-Busch claims that MLB is now asking for considerably more than what was agreed upon during a meeting between MLB execs Bob DuPuy, Tim Brosnan, MLB Properties’ head of sponsorship, and David Peacock the President of A-B during the 2009 All-Star Game in St. Louis.

Now, MLB Properties has responded saying that an “April Letter of Intent” of intent between MLBP and A-B is non-binding. The court filing by MLBP goes on to say, “In that April Letter of Intent, both parties expressly recognized that they would need to negotiate a definitive “Promotional Rights Agreement” containing all of the terms and conditions necessary to grant A-B the promotional rights it sought from MLBP. The April Letter of Intent also provided that A-B would not receive those key promotional rights until the parties finished and signed the definitive Promotional Rights Agreement. The parties never negotiated and executed such a definitive Promotional Rights Agreement because, just days after the signing of the April Letter of Intent, A-B reneged on its promise to MLBP that was the very foundation of the transaction contemplated by the parties.”

The countersuit by MLB Properties centers on the brewing giant keeping MLB as A-B’s top, number one sports property in the U.S. Seven business days after the meeting between MLB’s execs and Peacock A-B announced a lucrative deal with the NFL to make Bud Light the Official Beer of the NFL, bumping Coors Light from that position. The deal is reportedly worth $1.2 billion over six years. MLBP is claiming that due to that deal that is “unprecedented in size and scope” will make “it impossible for A-B to fulfill its promise to continue to make MLBP its top, number one sports property in the U.S.”

This could possibly turn into more than a lover’s spat, with MLB seeing themselves scorned for the NFL as MLBP is claiming that A-B has embarked on a campaign to attempt to bully MLBP into an agreement.

“That campaign has included, but has not been limited to, A-B’s asserting that it has a binding agreement with MLBP when it has none, the sending of threatening letters to other beer companies to scare them away from doing business with MLBP, the filing of this meritless lawsuit without even the courtesy of advance notice to MLBP, A-B’s longstanding business partner, and the use of the press to publicize A-B’s false version of events in attempt to embarrass and intimidate MLBP.”

The countersuit is looking to the courts to say that there is no binding agreement between

MLBP and A-B for A-B to be MLBP’s exclusive malt beverage sponsor as of January 1, 2011, the day after the current agreement expires.

The chances of MLB Properties landing a different brewer as the Official Beer of Major League Baseball seems thin. Currently, A-B is the official sponsor of all but 4 of MLB’s 30 clubs.


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MLB Releases 2011 All-Star Game Logo and Marks PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 16 December 2010 15:50

With the 2011 MLB season just a little over 3 ½ months away, the league has released logos for the 2011 All-Star Game scheduled to take place at Chase Field, home of the Arizona Diamondbacks on July 12, 2011.

The logos leverage the D-backs’ color palette of Sedona Red, Black, and Sonoran Sand adding in “All-Star Blue” along with the club’s officially lettering and logo.

The primary logo depicts the mountains surrounding the “Valley of the Sun” while the secondary logo shows the Diamondback “A” that has been in place since the league expanded into the market.

See the images below, courtesy of MLB

2011 All-Star Game - Primary logo
2011 All-Star Game - Primary logo
2011 All-Star Game - Secondary logo
2011 All-Star Game - Secondary logo

2011 All-Star Game - Primary Workmark

2011 All-Star Game - Primary Workmark

2011 All-Star Game - Secondary Workmark

2011 All-Star Game - Secondary Workmark

2011 All-Star Game - Alternative Workmark

2011 All-Star Game - Alternative Workmark
Additional MarkAdditional Mark
2011 All-Star Game - Additional Marks

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Comments by Baseball Execs, Indians Family on Passing of Bob Feller PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 16 December 2010 08:52

An American icon, and war hero has passed as 92-year old Cleveland Indian and Hall of Famer Bob Feller died at 9:15PM ET on Weds. night of acute leukemia in Cleveland, OH.

“Bob Feller is gone. We cannot be surprised," said Cleveland Indians owner Larry Dolan. "Yet, it seems improbable. Bob has been such an integral part of our fabric, so much more than an ex-ballplayer, so much more than any Cleveland Indians player. He is Cleveland, Ohio. His statue at Progressive Field is an icon. No more, no less than Moses Cleveland in Public Square.

To say he will be missed is such an understatement. In fact, more to the point, he will not be missed because he will always be with us. Since 1936 he has been with us. For 75 years he has been a contributing citizen, a model for all athletes, and friend of thousands. As so it shall be in the larger sense, Bob will be with us always. Not at Opening Day, not at Fantasy Camp, not in the Press Box, but in our hearts.

We in Cleveland have been blessed to have had him with us these many years. We will never let his memory pass.”

It is a combination of so many other aspects of Feller’s life that make him stand out from other great players. As Midwesterners, fans love that his arm strength came from working on a farm in Iowa. As Americans, we are filled with pride by the fact that he enlisted in the Navy on the day after the attack on Pearl Harbor and immediately volunteered for combat service. He was the first MLB player to do so. Feller was once asked, “What is the most important game you ever won?” He responded, “World War II.” Following the war, despite missing four seasons during what many considered his prime years, Feller returned to old form and never once regretted serving his country before himself.

Feller’s life, much like his fastball, never seemed to slow down. He remained an ambassador to the game and helped form the Major League Baseball Players Union. Feller constantly maintained a presence in Greater Cleveland and frequently attended Indians games. As evidenced by the Bob Feller statue outside Progressive Field, no player has meant more to the Indians organization, both during and after his career, as Feller.

Many things have changed since Feller was a kid learning the game from his father on their farm in Van Meter, IA. However, kids still play baseball and playing this game lends itself toward dreaming about becoming one of the greats. As an organization, the Cleveland Indians could not be more proud to have had one of those greats so close, for so long. He was more than a hero. Bob Feller is a legend.

Feller spent every one of his 18 seasons in Major League Baseball proudly wearing a Cleveland Indians uniform, epitomizing the loyalty this city has shown its teams for generations. Signed by the Indians at age 17, he started 484 games and won 266 of them. Of those wins, 19 occurred during the 1948 season when the Indians last celebrated a World Championship. He had a lifetime ERA of 3.25, threw three no-hitters- including the only Opening Day no-hitter in MLB history on April 16, 1940 - 12 one-hitters and 44 career shutouts. In 1946, he pitched a remarkable 36 complete games.

Bob Feller was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in August and underwent surgery at the Cleveland Clinic to implant a pacemaker in October. In mid-November, Feller was hospitalized with pneumonia. He had recently been moved into hospice.

Executives and members of the Cleveland Indians family commented on the loss of Feller:

Commissioner Bud Selig

“I am saddened by the loss of Hall of Famer Bob Feller, truly one of the game’s all-time great pitchers. He made his first big league start with the Cleveland Indians as a 17-year-old in 1936 and struck out 15 batters. That marked the beginning of 18 remarkable seasons during which he became baseball’s undisputed strikeout king, leading the American League seven times, and a model of durability. Known as ‘Rapid Robert,’ he posted six 20-win seasons, threw three no-hitters, and led the Indians to the World Series crown in 1948.

“More impressive than his vast accomplishments on the field was being part of ‘The Greatest Generation.’ Bob was one of the first Major Leaguers to enlist following Pearl Harbor and served our country for nearly four years during the prime of his career. Bob Feller was a great pitcher, but he was first and foremost a great American. On behalf of Major League Baseball, I send my deepest condolences to Bob’s family, friends, the Cleveland Indians’ franchise, and all of his fans.”

Mark Shapiro- Indians President

“Bob was that rare man, whose legend and feats were matched by his intellect, strength and substance.  He was inspirational as a competitor and even more so as a man.  I was privileged to have known him and each time I visited with him, he reinforced my passion for baseball and my appreciation of the Indians’ heritage.”

Mike Hargrove- Indians Hall of Famer

“We have all lost a friend and the nation has lost an icon. Bob was always there with a word of advice or a story of Baseball's past. The thing is that they were always relevant and helpful. I will never forget before the first game of the ‘97 World Series, Bob came up to me and patted me on the back and told me how proud he was of me and the team, then gave me a buckeye and said it was for luck. I don't think that Bob ever believed in luck, just hard work and an honest effort. I will miss Bob very much. He was my friend.”

Charles Nagy- Indians Hall of Famer

Ever since I joined the Indians organization, it was always an honor to talk baseball with such a legend.  It is very sad to lose someone that was such a Cleveland icon.  We also had a connection with the University of Connecticut and I enjoyed talking Huskies basketball with him on a regular basis.  He was a presence that will surely be missed.

Mike Hegan- Indians Broadcaster and son of Feller’s battery mate and Tribe Great Jim Hegan

"The Indians of the 40's and 50's were the face of the city of Cleveland and

Bob was the face of the Indians. But, Bob transcended more than that era.  In this day of free agency and switching teams, Bob Feller remained loyal to the city and the team for over 70-years. You will likely not see that kind of mutual loyalty and admiration ever again."

Rick Manning- Indians Great and Broadcaster

“Since my days as a player in the early 70’s, over 20 Fantasy Camps and our Indians Cruises together, he was for me someone so special.  He took life to the fullest.  I don’t know anybody who got more out of life than Bob Feller, plus he was very privileged to spend over half of his life in the Baseball Hall of Fame.  I admired, loved him and was honored to call him my friend.  He will always be Cleveland and will always be Cleveland Indians. I will miss him as he is a piece of history.  When you mention greatest baseball players of all-time, he has to be mentioned.”

Tom Hamilton- Broadcaster and “Voice of Indians”

“Bob was a living legend, but more importantly, a true American Patriot.  Nothing was more important to Bob than this country and what it stands for.  Of all of his accomplishments, he was most proud of the fact that he served this country with honor during World War II.  But Bob always reminded us that he was no hero, the heroes were those that lost their life defending this country.  I was always amazed at his incredible recall when reminiscing about his career.  It was like you were back in time reliving those great moments.  I feel very blessed to have known Bob these last 21 years.  Bob was truly an iconic figure who always made you feel like a friend.”

Manny Acta- Indians Manager

"There has never been a great one with such an affiliation to his original franchise. When you think Cleveland Indians, you think Bob Feller and vice-versa. He was a genuine patriot and a big-time Hall of Famer.  Boy, he loved the Indians and we all loved him back."

Dennis Lehman- Indians Executive Vice President of Business

“In the short time I have known the Feller’s, my wife Ginny and I have really felt a part of their family.  Many nights over the course of a summer, sitting with Bob and talking baseball, will always be a fond memory.  His love of our country and passion for the game, was without question.  His recall of people, places and situations, was like no one I have ever met.  Image, Bob having dinner with Joe DiMaggio and his wife Marilyn Monroe, and he could describe the meal conversation.

He was an amazing, engaging person, who was willing to share his thoughts and opinions to all and took the time to spend with so many of us in this community.

I will miss him very much.”

Bob DiBiasio- Indians Vice President of Public Relations

“Bob Feller loved the Cleveland Indians.  It is the ultimate American success story.  Consider how a five-ounce baseball provided an Iowa farm boy the opportunity to travel the world as he became perhaps the greatest ambassador baseball has ever known.  I had the privilege of working alongside him for more than 30 years and he taught me as much about the game of baseball as he did life.  I will miss his friendship.”

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Details on a public memorial service will be announced in near future. Fans are invited to visit indians.com/feller for a tribute to Bob Feller and the opportunity to share their thoughts and memories regarding the Indians legend.

The designated charities for any monetary contributions can be made in the name of Bob Feller to Cleveland Indians Charities (www.indians.com) and the Bob Feller Museum (www.bobfellermuseum.org).

Source: Cleveland Indians, Major League Baseball


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Cliff Lee to Wear #33 With Philadelphia Phillies PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 15 December 2010 15:48

Cliff Lee #33

Give this one to Roy Halladay….

At the press conference today that made Cliff Lee officially a Philadelphia Phillie (again), the LHP donned a #33 jersey. The reason we “give this one to Roy Halladay”? Lee’s #34 that he wore in Philadelphia that last time he was with the Phillies was taken by Halladay when he came over to the club from the Toronto Blue Jays.


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