propecia buy online us doxycycline online overnight shipping uroxatral discount coupon cpt code for neurontin abilify online in us keflex order on line order nolvadex lowest price risperdal how to buy sarafem online purchase discount code for brand viagra pharmacy technician study guide free online micronase generic wikipedia drugs reviews on finax is diovan generic yet does duloxetine cause weight gain buy keppra perth australia retail cost of entocort generic substitute for seroquel altace in the uk now buy viagra soft with paypal rosy code oc80reputable cheap canadian pharmacy no prescription zenegra without prescription miami eldepryl overnight zaditor over the counter what are the side effects of motrin orlistat indian brands viagra soft canada discounts prescription people;s pharmacy zoloft is aleve better than advil for back pain nolvadex tablets uk buy online cafergot generic safe buy meclizine online avapro combination fluoxetine capsules uses inderal from india deltasone medication buy brand ayurslim tadapox drugs online purchases lipothin visa baclofen without memantine cost of orlistat without insurance cost of ranitidine without insurance where to haridra haldol reviews for men cialis daily use online pharmacy pill cheapest lawsuit effexor canada fast worldwide shipping comprar vasotec pela internet vermox tablets for kids mentax tablets price clomid 100mg success stories 2012 trial erection packs 3 pharmacy lamictal without insurance risperdal without prescription miami one man one jar mobile aldactone prescription only lady era comprare healthy three cheese manicotti recipe generic for protonix 40 mg amoxil prescription brand acai for sale apcalis sx buy on line how to purchase midamor online relafen 500 buy vasodilan next day order nolvadex rx lasix iv half life trental tablets very cheap kamagra chewable comprar lipitor barato moduretic dosage and administration what is the dosage for unisom canadian alliance physiotherapy exam pce ranbaxy caverta side effects diovan pill canadian price cialis usa brand cialis over the couter rabeprazole sodium used for swiss legend trimix cialis soft reviews for men pharmacy rx by crystal zamudio for ptcb exam guide cheap methotrexate 100 mg non prescription fosamax pharmacy blue pill for menstrual pain over the counter discount buy avalide phenergan over the counter ireland celexa 100mg buy arava tabletas 20 mg albendazole 100mg pharmacy has best price antivert overnight cialis in us buy alligator louisiana meat delivered adios slimming tablets ireland rogaine uk for women buy diovan from mexico online can you buy celadrin prescription membership where to buy levitra in la where to buy code red 7 pill generic drug name nexium what is lopressor pills used for purchase crestor pills do people get arrested for buying drugs online cialis how to get a prescription cephalexin online purchase how to order noroxin planting amaryllis outside in florida finasteride hair loss side effects cheap celebrex uk buy alli 100mg online buy proscar online canada no prescription order vasotec amaryl m 1 mg side effects ventolin hfa coupons 2012 fml forte reviews for men tenormin 25 mg tablets citalopram without prescription miami sominex prices usa zoloft side effects in men weight gain prednisone 20mg tablets canadian family tree free eldepryl sale how to use dry brahmi leaves cheap provera 2.5 mg zithromax online in usa where can i get some anacin viagra drugs online max safe dose levitra phone in order for triamterene buy sarafem online usa pilex fda approved to buy without prescription buy generic cialis in australia visa de actos de comercio heartburn medicine prilosec calcium carbonate drug class how much does methotrexate cost in canada national insurance number voltaren for purchase free coupon for bupropion is minocin legal in uk vasotec western australia over counter zestril get abilify cheaper generic mycelex-g for sale on line fertomid discount voucher buy alligator meat nj pharmacy lamisil cream sale without script overnight buy allopurinol clomid side effects in men cost of lipitor in spain what is pulmicort inhaler for how much does celebrex cost per pill prescription drugs mexico city actos complications tadacip by the indian pharmaceutical company cipla himalaya ayurslim price cialis super active order pure acai berry reviews uk buy brahmi usa abilify 20 mg side effects evista mexico pharmacy purchasing uroxatral online uk astelin available over counter diclofenac generic reviews asacol australia pharmacy kamagra soft over counter what does erythromycin do to the body order pills.com review can we trust trileptal online buy doxycycline online from uk generic pills for glyset is albuterol sold over the counter glycomet buy canada medication online no prescription canada generic finasteride 5mg canada order cozaar canada order furosemide generic online pharmacy generic isoniazid usa pharmacy how long does it take for metformin to cause weight loss elocon price emsam from europe can you order zyrtec online drugs nitrofurantoin cheap norapred tabletas 5 mg how to take orlistat 120 can i get aldactone what does geriforte syrup viagra triangle shopping how to get baby to take prilosec what does grapefruit juice do to buspar agame 1 on 1 soccer long term effects of anti anxiety medication haldol side effects wikipedia buy prevacid singapore generic medicine for crestor zanaflex 40 mg buying aleve for dogs allegra medication wiki cheap plavix buy precio eutirox 100 med cabinet spray ditropan xl dosage order benfotiamine online medrol prescription information clonidine to purchase without a prescription buy fertomid in australia reminyl express canada air max 1 leopard grey comprar cialis farmacia andorra amantadina dosis pediatrica is it illegal to order generic biaxin order rumalaya forte online with visa hyaluronic acid shelf life cough syrup with codeine and promethazine in canada paxil medication used for permethrin cream 5 crabs buy haridra inhaler canada proventil dosage for copd motrin in croatia sinemet cost in canada where do i buy orlistat decadron injection pediatric dose is 100 mg of prednisone safe is diovan available in india forum zaditor online buy drops buy paxil mg online cheap precose free delivery dramamine generic drug canadian pharmacy- aldactone retin-a 0,05 from canada best place buy nitrofurantoin pct tricor over the counter green line pharmacy reviews fluoxetine 20 mg generic for bactrim side effects how often can i take 20mg of cialis cheap trimox india is it safe to split diovan pills pharmacy support services hayward ca albendazole weight gain amlodipine side effects forum duphalac online legally cheap zyban 100 mg augmentin bid 1000 mg fiyat? cheap genuine procardia online types of painkiller pills acheter alli en ligne pas cher what is the usual dosage of bactrim for a uti lipothin on the internet tamoxifen pct anavar cytotec in the uk pharmacie en ligne france cialis is viagra available over the counter in us buy generic indocin with bonus buy periactin online no prescription usa desyrel for purchase without a prescription ordering generic kamagra viagra buy tricor astrailia sinemet for sale what are the side effects of metformin and alcohol lanoxin cost without insurance what do elavil pills look like buy floxin visa side effects of abilify 15 mg can aricept tablets be split plavix for discount low cost overnight sarafem where cialis super active purchase renagel pills do i need receipt for viagra buying fluconazole online keflex online meds taking clomid cycle days 1-5 bactroban australia price there generic form prometrium wellbutrin sr generic wikipedia drugs provera 10mg twice a day for 5 days what is citalopram 10mg for prednisone 20 mg tablets side effects of xenical diet pills lamictal pharmacy assistance effexor xr side effects uk viagor sex enhancer from canada acheter viagra sans ordonnance pharmacie paris prograf birth control online us donde comprar terramycin alli fda approved to buy without prescription non prescription grifulvin v buy fertomid in ireland zyvox pharmacy prices list cheap aciclovir 100 mg periostat dental lariam online in us how to buy calcium carbonate side effects of 100mg zoloft fexofenadine dosage for dogs canadian doxazosin tablet buy ortho tri-cyclen pills combivent birth control online us cardizem without a prescription ciprofloxacin uses strep buy evecare online overnight alavert shoppers drug mart crestor cholesterol medication astelin for dogs buy betnovate n usa is it safe to order generic drugs online sale geriforte syrup homeopathic medicine for back and neck pain perceuse lithium pas cher search quotes relationship moduretic over the counter canada ciprofloxacin 500mg price online pharmacy ciplox pariet buy online uk low price carbozyne uk tegretol cost amlodipine dosage cats order fucidin on line usa purchase abilify on line in the uk buy danazol online pharmacy prescription viagra belgique viagra clinical studies inderal tablets for purchase footy stats 365 unprescribed clomid for sale motrin 800 mg dosage instructions evista barato asthma inhalers purple generic from cialis purchase viagra professional pills midamor now co uk do you need rx rogaine 5 detrol la coupon free prilosec mexico brand prescription buying canadian drugs in us buspar medication for anxiety buy prograf capsules buy cafergot no prescription online discount information on seroquel medication diclofenac sodium 50 mg for headaches canadian alliance terminals ltd cafergot cheap uk cheap pharmacy schools in uk orlistat generic online where evecare side effects of fertility drugs on babies canadian neighbor pharmacy scams prescription online buy generic celebrex can you order mentax maxalt fast canada buy live online abilify drug action mestinon drug price can your buy cialis professional in ireland online drug order benzac online uk shortage of toradol vicodin vs percocet side effects what does keppra diflucan dosage for yeast infection male viagra plus canada overnight delivery cheap pills buy gasex generic buy flomax from mexico online buy glucophage with allegra by mail order buy cheapest alli pills dipyridamole from usa what is olanzapine odt buy viagra online reviews lowest is ventolin cheaper than proair artane refill pack buy zyprexa new zealand online can i get capoten uses for bactrim ds tablets azithromycin diarrhea travellers buy yasmin in australia where to triamterene drugs order levlen propecia mas barato buy hair growth pills buy brand cialis soft proscar without propecia shop ciplox to buy from europe buy alli overseas brand amoxil without prescription yasmin spain my purinethol coupons tadapox to buy in australia buy differin gel 0.1 best price for real reglan buy cheap amoxil pills doxazosin online overnight to buy tinidazole amsterdam pharmacy new york baclofen paypal generic acticin usa pharmacy does plavix patent expire where can i buy alli online uk betoptic no prescription canada order viagra on the internet periactin sciroppo order cefixime no prescription tamoxifen fertility differin over the counter india much does cialis cost private prescription cleocin order in the us purchase retino a cream 0 025 cheap zithromax no prescription needed canadian online pharmacy voltaren 75 mg get you high buyers of caverta canada cheapest paxil ordering low dose glycomet beconase aq 100mg cheep deltasone rxlist very cheap etodolac trental for sale australia prevacid without prescription the mail order pharmacy at express scripts online viagra sample prevacid otc side effects purchase vpxl on line in australia buy nexium online uk bactroban pills sweat acyclovir online overnight discount female viagra aspirin dosage recommended promethazine purchase in canada no prescription generic augmentin in usa official canadian pharmacy discount code amantadine side effects parkinson;s side effects of compazine treatment reviews of online pharmacies viagra best overnight online pharmacy singulair prescriptions buy dostinex online no prescription united states vermox tablets from buy alli tablets for purchase benemid pas cher cipla inhalers asthma prescription clomid side effects finax side effects long term use purchase topamax on line in india ceftin cheap uk buy probalan boots how to buy amantadine in canada buy alligator gar meat pills flan cafe rico rico procardia india diflucan 150 mg for sale canadian betnovate tablet how to use xenical minoxidil rogaine boots is it illegal to order generic myambutol buy allopurinol mg accutane lawsuit 2012 buy alligator skin buy antibiotics online europe canada drugs zithromax with prescription van i buy viagra over the counter canada speman india buy altace new zealand online over counter voveran sr zyrtec tablets 10 mg dosage where to buy caffeine pills in canada para que se usa dostinex buy viagra next day delivery canada pharmacies online that sell allopurinol cialis ed dosage tenormin to buy in australia zyprexa generic launch purchase nitrofurantoin 100mg canada drugs silagra with prescription buy nolvadex for research purposes how to buy tegretol combivent online forum glyset perth australia voltaren and birth control pills generic name for yasmin birth control now foods panax ginseng 250 capsules / 520mg ampicillin dosage for children online citalopram in croatia ponstel next day free coupon for diclofenac zyprexa 40 mg dose actoplus where can i buy ultra low dose atarax citalopram 20mg and alcohol medrol online no prescription drugs ampicillin 500mg in pregnancy where can i buy alesse birth control retin-a 0,025 online cheap bactrim roche mexico cipro pills pictures what types of gasex are there birth control pills india viagra without perscription benzac online forum generic clozaril canada buy nizoral 40 online januvia purchase what does estrace cream treat best drugstore makeup brands for oily skin synthroid refills buy accutane no prescription isotretinoin normal abilify dosage order motilium tablets cvs pharmacy 96th street and amsterdam uk pharmacies online that sell fucidin xenical versus meridia overnight pharmacy prilosec prescription for viagra canada very cheap grifulvin online united states pharmacy no prescription paxil pharmacy order flomax effectiveness reviews amoxicillin 500mg for sale olanzapine next day shipping buying cymbalta in manchester kamagra oral jelly dosage recommended methotrexate injections nausea buy effexor xr online without prescription canine prednisone side effects panting casodex italiano buy clomid serophene tegretol retard overdose glucophage generic for order protonix online in usa purchasing rumalaya gel online uk pariet generic usa
Home MLB News

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 659 guests online

Atom RSS

feed-image Feed Entries
MLB News
MLB Releases 2013 Spring Training Schedule PDF Print E-mail
User Rating: / 15
PoorBest 
Written by Maury Brown   
Wednesday, 16 January 2013 17:52

Major League Baseball has released the 2013 Spring Training schedule, and with it, the first  Spring Training exhibition game will be held on Thursday, February 21st in Fort Myers, Florida, where the Boston Red Sox will host Northeastern University. Along with that, the following day four games for charity will be played, including one in the Grapefruit League and three in the Cactus League. The first full slate of games involving all 30 Major League Clubs will take place on Saturday, February 23rd.

To add a wrinkle, the teams competing in the San Juan, Puerto Rico pool (Pool C) and the Scottsdale/Phoenix, Arizona pool (Pool D) of the 2013 World Baseball Classic will participate in exhibition games against Major League Clubs on Tuesday, March 5th and Wednesday, March 6th.  Teams representing the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Spain and Venezuela will each play two games at Grapefruit League sites, while teams from Canada, Italy, Mexico and the United States will each compete in two contests at Cactus League sites.  In addition, the two Semi-Finalist teams to advance from the second round in Tokyo, Japan (Pool 1) will play two exhibition games at Cactus League sites on Thursday, March 14th and Friday, March 15th before heading to San Francisco for the Championship Round of the World Baseball Classic from Sunday, March 17th through Tuesday, March 19th.

In terms of games that lead up to the regular season, there are several exhibition games at Major League and Minor League ballparks that will be played from Thursday, March 28th through Saturday, March 30th.  The Houston Astros, playing their first season in the American League, will host the opening game of the 2013 regular season on Sunday, March 31st, when they welcome the Texas Rangers at 8:00 p.m. (ET) / 7:00 p.m. (CT) on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball.  Twelve games are scheduled for Monday, April 1st and seven games are scheduled for Tuesday, April 2nd, with the first full slate of regular season games on Wednesday, April 3rd

SELECT READ MORE TO SEE THE COMPLETE 2013 SPRING TRAINING SCHEDULE (SUBJECT TO CHANGE)

Read more...
 
MLB Strengthens Drug Testing Around hGH and Testosterone PDF Print E-mail
User Rating: / 21
PoorBest 
Written by Maury Brown   
Thursday, 10 January 2013 18:06

MLBMajor League Baseball and the MLB Players Association today announced substantial changes to the league’s drug policy that will now provide for unannounced, random blood testing for the detection of human growth hormone (hGH) beginning with the upcoming season. In a landmark agreement, MLB players began hGH testing beginning with Spring Training in 2012, and all players were subject to hGH blood testing for reasonable cause at all times during the year. During the 2012-2013 off-season, players have already been subject to random unannounced testing for hGH.

Since July of 2010, Major League Baseball has conducted random blood testing for the detection of hGH among Minor League players.

SEE THE ALL-TIME DRUG SUSPENSION LIST FOR MLB AND MiLB PLAYERS

To add, the league and union for the players addressed elevated testosterone. The sides have agreed to establish a longitudinal profile program, in which a player's baseline Testosterone/Epitestosterone (T/E) ratio and other data will be maintained by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)-accredited Montreal Laboratory currently employed by MLB and the MLBPA. Using Carbon Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometry (IRMS) analysis on all specimens that vary materially from a player's baseline values, each player will now have a unique profile. In the past, players had looked to skirt the edges of a 4:1 T/E ratio. Now, a player will be evaluated based on their unique baseline. To add further disincentive to use testosterone as a performance-enhancer there will be an increase in the number of random IRMS analysis the league and union’s lab conducts on specimens.

Last season, Melky Cabrera, Bartolo Colon, and Yasmani Grandal all tested positive for elevated testosterone, while Eliezer Alfonzo was able to have a 100 game suspension rescinded. In the case of Alfonzo, he raised issues that were nearly identical to those resolved in the arbitration involving Brewer, and NL MVP Ryan Braun where chain of custody of test samples were challenged. That loophole has since been closed.

Of the changes to the drug policy Commissioner Selig said, “This agreement addresses critical drug issues and symbolizes Major League Baseball’s continued vigilance against synthetic human growth hormone, Testosterone and other performance-enhancing substances.  I am proud that our system allows us to adapt to the many evolving issues associated with the science and technology of drug testing.  We will continue to do everything we can to maintain a leadership stature in anti-doping efforts in the years ahead.”

MLBPA Executive Director Michael Weiner added in a statement that, “the Players are determined to do all they can to continually improve the sport’s Joint Drug Agreement. Players want a program that is tough, scientifically accurate, backed by the latest proven scientific methods, and fair; I believe these changes firmly support the Players’ desires while protecting their legal rights.”

Christiane Ayotte, the Director of the Montreal Laboratory where testing will be conducted said, “Although the Montreal Laboratory has made extensive use of IRMS in the past, the addition of random blood testing and a longitudinal profiling program makes Baseball’s program second to none in detecting and deterring the use of synthetic hGH and Testosterone.  A drug testing program that follows over a thousand steroid profiles and tests over a thousand blood specimens each year compares favorably with any WADA program.”

Major League Baseball became the first pro sports league to implement hGH testing. The NFL and NFL Players Association agreed to hGH testing prior to MLB as part of their latest labor agreement but have not yet been able to implement the program.

RELATED CONTENT:


Maury BrownMaury Brown is the Founder and President of the Business of Sports Network, which includes The Biz of Baseball, The Biz of Football, The Biz of Basketball and The Biz of Hockey. He writes for Baseball Prospectus and is a contributor to Forbes. He is available as a freelance writer. Brown's full bio is here. He looks forward to your comments via email and can be contacted through the Business of Sports Network (select his name in the dropdown provided).

Follow Maury Brown on Twitter Twitter

Follow The Biz of Baseball on TwitterTwitter

 
MLB Revenue-Sharing for 2012 Approx. $400 Million PDF Print E-mail
User Rating: / 32
PoorBest 
Written by Maury Brown   
Friday, 21 December 2012 11:58

MLBWhen the figure came out that MLB’s league-wide revenues were approx. $7.5 billion for 2012, a question that came up afterwards was, “How much was revenue-sharing, and how much did each club getting revenue-sharing receive?” The latter may never be known (for those wondering, the last time that figures came out in the media was 2002 and 2003, which can be see here), but the total figure, is.

According to a source with direct knowledge of the figure, the amount of revenue-sharing that funneled from the haves to the have-nots in MLB this year was approx. $400 million. While the money is not distributed evenly across the clubs, if the 15 lowest revenue-makers were given an equal portion it would equal approx. $27 million for each of those clubs.

The amount of revenue-sharing in Major League Baseball should stymie any talk that clubs can’t—at the very least—be able to compete selectively in the free agency space from time to time. It also affords club opportunity to wrap up talent on their rosters to avoid them leaving once they hit free agency. While it’s clear that the amount of revenue-sharing they received this year is not enough to cover the entire amount, the Rays likely covered a lot of the annual salary increase needed to ink Evan Longoria to his $100 million extension with revenue-sharing proceeds. That’s the purpose of revenue-sharing.

Finally, there's this to consider. With the skyrocketing growth of regional sports network revenues, plus the continued robust nature of baseball as an entertainment option, it seems that in the very near future we'll see revenue-sharing in MLB surpass a half-a-billion dollars. With it, let's hope clubs are using the gifted money from their large revenue-making brethren wisely.


Maury BrownMaury Brown is the Founder and President of the Business of Sports Network, which includes The Biz of Baseball, The Biz of Football, The Biz of Basketball and The Biz of Hockey. He writes for Baseball Prospectus and is a contributor to Forbes. He is available as a freelance writer. Brown's full bio is here. He looks forward to your comments via email and can be contacted through the Business of Sports Network (select his name in the dropdown provided).

Follow Maury Brown on Twitter Twitter

Follow The Biz of Baseball on TwitterTwitter

 
After Adjustments, Yankees 2012 Luxury Tax Bill Exceeds $19.3 Million PDF Print E-mail
User Rating: / 16
PoorBest 
Written by Maury Brown   
Tuesday, 18 December 2012 15:21

Adjusted numbers released today for the New York Yankees end of year payrolls just made their wallet hurt that much more. Late last week the Yankees were said to have been hit with a Luxury Tax bill of $18,917,994 on an end of year player payroll of $222,512,928.

SEE ALL-TIME MLB LUXURY TAX DATA

But, today, after accounting adjustments, that player payroll figure that accounts for the 40-man roster and other costs, increased to $223,302,212 and with it, so increased their Luxury Tax bill to $19,311,642. All told, the Yankees have paid $224,558,161 or 91.44% of the total $245,568,176 paid since 2003.

The $224,558,161 end of year payroll for the Yankees is the highest since 2009 when it was $226,222,933. It is the second-highest in the last decade.

The Bronx Bombers paid $13,896,069 in Luxury Tax payments last year on EOY player payroll of $212,740,172. The reason that the penalty is higher this year in comparison to the player payroll is a higher tax rate of 42.5 percent for breaking the Luxury Tax threshold consecutively. Since this Luxury Tax system was put in place in 2002, the Yankees have broken the ceiling every year it’s been in place. Below is a breakdown:

Yankeess

Year

Payroll

Tax

Tax Rate

2012

$223,439,158

$19,311,642

42.5

2011

$212,740,172

$13,896,069

40

2010

$215,074,134

$18,029,654

40

2009

$226,222,933

$25,689,173

40

2008

$222,156,756

$26,862,702

40

2007

$207,703,464

$23,881,386

40

2006

$201,522,596

$26,009,039

40

2005

$213,134,467

$34,053,787

40

2004

$203,921,174

$25,026,352

30

2003

$184,419,181

$11,798,357

17.5

TOTALS

$2,110,334,035

$224,558,161

 

Data by way of The Associated Press. Figures based on payrolls for the 40-man rosters and include averages of multiyear contracts plus a 1-30th of Major League Baseball's costs of health and pension benefits; clubs medical costs; insurance; workman's compensation, payroll, unemployment and Social Security taxes; spring training allowances; meal and tip money; All-Star game expenses; travel and moving expenses; postseason pay; and college scholarships.


Maury BrownMaury Brown is the Founder and President of the Business of Sports Network, which includes The Biz of Baseball, The Biz of Football, The Biz of Basketball and The Biz of Hockey. He writes for Baseball Prospectus and is a contributor to Forbes. He is available as a freelance writer. Brown's full bio is here. He looks forward to your comments via email and can be contacted through the Business of Sports Network (select his name in the dropdown provided).

Follow Maury Brown on Twitter Twitter

Follow The Biz of Baseball on TwitterTwitter

 
MLB Revenues $7.5B for 2012, Could Approach $9B by 2014 PDF Print E-mail
User Rating: / 49
PoorBest 
Written by Maury Brown   
Monday, 10 December 2012 00:00

MLBWith local broadcast money and attendance for the league remaining strong, according to sources after two years of seeing revenues relatively flat at $7 billion, Major League Baseball will see revenues of $7.5 billion for 2012. To place this in perspective, when accounting for inflation, baseball’s revenues have increased 257 percent since 1995 when they were $1.4 billion.

And while the number is impressive, it’s just the beginning of what will likely be one of—if not the—largest spike in revenue growth in league history. That’s because starting in 2014 the new national broadcast deals with FOX, ESPN, and TBS kick in which will add an additional $788.3 million a year. That means if MLB’s revenues remained static, league revenues for 2014 would exceed $8.4 billion. That, of course, isn’t going to happen. Revenues will get a further hefty bounce when the Dodgers finalize their broadcast deal which is reportedly worth $6-$7 billion. Depending on when that kicks in, it’s very possible that MLB could flirt with, or surpass, the $9 billion gross revenue plateau in a couple of years.

Here’s MLB revenues from 1995 to the present

MLB revenues
Click to see full view

Source: Major League Baseball, Biz of Baseball research


Maury BrownMaury Brown is the Founder and President of the Business of Sports Network, which includes The Biz of Baseball, The Biz of Football, The Biz of Basketball and The Biz of Hockey. He writes for Baseball Prospectus and is a contributor to Forbes. He is available as a freelance writer. Brown's full bio is here. He looks forward to your comments via email and can be contacted through the Business of Sports Network (select his name in the dropdown provided).

Follow Maury Brown on Twitter Twitter

Follow The Biz of Baseball on TwitterTwitter

 
From the Winter Meetings: The Official Player Transaction Summary PDF Print E-mail
User Rating: / 16
PoorBest 
Written by Maury Brown   
Thursday, 06 December 2012 20:20

Baseball Winter Meetings

Pack it up, and head ‘em out. The halls of Opryland in Nashville are clearing out as the 2012 Baseball Winter Meetings have officially come to an end. With it, there were a number of player transactions that were rumored, done in principle, or are just waiting to be fully announced. As to what MLB and the MLBPA declare as official, the following is the transaction summary for each day of the meetings from the league. Note that contract length and dollars based on Biz of Baseball research and does not come from MLB or the MLBPA.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 3RD

New York Yankees – Claimed C Eli Whiteside off waivers from the Toronto Blue Jays.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 4TH

Boston Red Sox – Signed free agent OF Jonny Gomes to a reported 2-year, $10 million deal that pays $5 million each year of the contract

Colorado Rockies – Acquired RHP Wilton Lopez from the Houston Astros in exchange for RHP Alex Gillingham and RHP Alex White.

Tampa Bay Rays – Acquired SS Yunel Escobar from the Miami Marlins in exchange for SS Derek Dietrich.

San Diego Padres – Signed free agent RHP Jason Marquis to a reported 1-year, $3 million deal.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 5TH

Detroit Tigers – Acquired C Ramon Cabrera from the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for LHP Andrew Oliver.

Source: Major League Baseball, Biz of Baseball research


Maury BrownMaury Brown is the Founder and President of the Business of Sports Network, which includes The Biz of Baseball, The Biz of Football, The Biz of Basketball and The Biz of Hockey. He writes for Baseball Prospectus and is a contributor to Forbes. He is available as a freelance writer. Brown's full bio is here. He looks forward to your comments via email and can be contacted through the Business of Sports Network (select his name in the dropdown provided).

Follow Maury Brown on Twitter Twitter

Follow The Biz of Baseball on TwitterTwitter

 
Manny Ramirez Tests Positive For Testosterone, TUES Up from Last Year PDF Print E-mail
User Rating: / 10
PoorBest 
Written by Maury Brown   
Saturday, 01 December 2012 14:33

Drug Testing Report

An annual report released as part of Major League Baseball’s drug program shows that of 5,136 tests for performance-enhancing drugs and stimulants, a total of 18 tested positive, or less than 1 percent (0.35%) during the 2012 season. While 18 players tested positive for banned substances, not all served suspensions as a first offense for stimulants only results in follow-up testing. Only at the time of second violation does game suspension occur with that resulting in 25 games. Two players served suspensions for stimulants as part of this past season’s testing. Baltimore Orioles shortstop Ryan Adams, who at the time was on the roster of the Triple-A Norfolk Tides was suspended on Nov. 2, and just this past Tuesday, Philadelphia Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz joined him. Both players will see their suspensions served beginning next season.

There were a total of 7 positive tests for performance-enhancing substances that resulted in discipline, with four accounting for testosterone that resulted in 50 game suspension. Three were announced suspensions during the course of the year (San Diego Padres catcher Yasmani Grandal; Oakland Athletics pitcher Bartolo Colon, and; San Francisco Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera), but the fourth was not announced. That now appears to be Manny Ramirez who retired in early 2011 to avoid a 100-game suspension for a second violation of the drug policy. After sitting out the entire 2011 season, a deal was reached with MLB and the MLBPA to allow his reinstatement and to serve just 50 games rather than 100 after signing with the Athletics.

In terms of  the other three PED violations that resulted in discipline, they were one for Clostebol (Philadelphia Phillies infielder Freddy Galvis, 50 games), one for Tamoxifen (free agent outfielder Marlon Byrd, 50 games), and one for Clenbuterol (San Francisco Giants pitcher Guillermo Mota who received a 100 game suspension for a second PED violation. His first was Nov 1 of 2006 while with the Mets).

As part of the new labor agreement— and a historic first, the league—the sides agreed to and conducted blood testing for human-growth hormone (hGH) this past season. The tests were all conducted during Spring Training, and for 2012, there was no in-season blood draws for testing. Of the 5,136 tests, there were 1,181 blood tests for hGH. The league and union are nearing changes to the policy that could be announced shortly, and with it, it is possible that testing during the regular season could occur as the current labor agreement states that the sides will look into the “possibility of implementing in-season testing.” This will also be the first full offseason in which random offseason testing will occur. The drug policy does not state how many tests for hGH can occur during that time. The drug policy states that the blood draws “will be tested for the presence of hGH only.”

READ THE LATEST MLB/MLBPA DRUG AGREEMENT

Below is a breakdown of what substances resulted in discipline:

Adverse Analytical Findings
Substances
#
Performance Enhancing Substances
7
Clenbuterol 1
Clostebol 1
Tamoxifen 1
Testosterone 4
Stimulants
11
Adderall 10
d-amphetamine 1

Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUEs), which allow a player to use banned substances based upon approved medical needs, totaled 119 in the report, up from 111 last year when there were 105 were for attention deficit disorder, two for hypertension, one for hypogonadism, one for narcolepsy, and two for postconcussion syndrome.

Theraputic Use Exemptions (TUEs)
Exemption
#
Attention Deficit Disorder 116
Hypertension
2
Hypogonadism
1
Total
119

There are other changes that have taken place with this being the first report after the new labor agreement…

  • Gone is Bryan Smith as the independent drug program administrator. He was replaced with Jeffrey M. Anderson.
  • This is the first season in which the exact substance that a player was suspended for was released.
  • Starting with the 2012-2013 off-season, players will be subject to random unannounced testing for hGH.

Source: Major League Baseball, Major League Baseball Player's Association


Maury BrownMaury Brown is the Founder and President of the Business of Sports Network, which includes The Biz of Baseball, The Biz of Football, The Biz of Basketball and The Biz of Hockey. He writes for Baseball Prospectus and is a contributor to Forbes. He is available as a freelance writer. Brown's full bio is here. He looks forward to your comments via email and can be contacted through the Business of Sports Network (select his name in the dropdown provided).

Follow Maury Brown on Twitter Twitter

Follow The Biz of Baseball on TwitterTwitter

 
MLBPA Announces Biennial Player-Officer Election Results PDF Print E-mail
User Rating: / 16
PoorBest 
Written by Maury Brown   
Thursday, 29 November 2012 13:27

MLBPA

When it comes to baseball’s offseason, you could argue the end of November and into  December leading up to the Holidays are the most active outside the diamond. The Winter Meetings begin December, End of Year payrolls and info on any clubs that break the Luxury Tax ceiling take place. In late November, it’s postseason shares, and the MLB Players Association having their Executive Board meetings.

To the MLBPA, yesterday they announced their biennial player-officer elections, and with it, there are some new and old faces.

Returning to their posts as Association Player Representatives—the highest elected positions in the union for the players— are Curtis Granderson of the Yankees and Jeremy Guthrie from the Royals.  Justin Masterson of the Indians was elected Alternate Association Player Representative, joining returnee Carlos Villanueva who is currently a free agent.

Chris Capuano of the Dodgers returns as one of two Pension Committee Representatives to serve alongside newcomer Craig Breslow of the Red Sox.  Returning as Alternate Pension Committee Representatives are Ross Ohlendorf and Kevin Slowey, both of whom are currently free agents.

In accordance with the Union’s Constitution and By-Laws, elections for Association Player Representatives and Alternates and Pension Committee Representatives and Alternates are held during Executive Board meetings in even-numbered years.  Each of the above players will serve a two-year term meaning the next time election results are announced will be in late Nov. of 2014.


Maury BrownMaury Brown is the Founder and President of the Business of Sports Network, which includes The Biz of Baseball, The Biz of Football, The Biz of Basketball and The Biz of Hockey. He writes for Baseball Prospectus and is a contributor to Forbes. He is available as a freelance writer. Brown's full bio is here. He looks forward to your comments via email and can be contacted through the Business of Sports Network (select his name in the dropdown provided).

Follow Maury Brown on Twitter Twitter

Follow The Biz of Baseball on TwitterTwitter

 
MLB.com Job Openings Include Stats Stringers for 2013 Season PDF Print E-mail
User Rating: / 8
PoorBest 
Written by Maury Brown   
Wednesday, 28 November 2012 12:17
MLB.com

The Winter Meetings don’t start until next week, but that doesn’t mean job opportunities in baseball aren’t here today. The following via MLB.com may be of interest to you seeking work in MLB. - Maury Brown

MLB.com, the official web site of Major League Baseball, is seeking stats stringers to cover these clubs in 2013 and beyond:

Baltimore/DC (both clubs)

Houston

Kansas City

Oakland/SF (both clubs)

Philadelphia

Pittsburgh

San Diego

Seattle

Texas (Arlington)

Toronto

Stats stringers are responsible for digitally scoring games from the MLB ballparks, which provides the data used in the live content applications on MLB.com, including Gameday and MLB.TV, real-time highlights and text alerts, and by our business partners. This is a perfect part-time job for a diligent, responsible employee who happens to be a big baseball fan.

Responsibilities include:

  • Arrive at the ballpark no later than one hour prior to the scheduled start time;
  • Double-check and verify all pre-game information: rosters, umpires, weather conditions, etc.;
  • During the game, enter the results of every pitch and game event (plays, substitutions, etc.) using our proprietary software and coding language;
  • Work closely with our game-night support staff (via AOL Instant Messenger) to ensure proper scoring of all game events and accuracy of data;
  • After the game, enter all post-game information: winning and losing pitcher, saves, holds, time and attendance
  • Validate all stats in software box score against the official box score provided by the Official Scorer, and print out a final box score and game text for the club PR staff

Qualifications include:

  • Previous experience (including pressbox exposure) with a professional or college sports team, preferably baseball;
  • Exceptional (and demonstrable) knowledge of baseball and how to score a baseball game;
  • Strong computer proficiency (Windows OS and Windows-based software) and the ability to quickly learn and operate new software;
  • Regular availability to attend games in-person as required by the schedule: weekdays, nights and weekends;
  • A "team player" with a great attitude, including but not limited to a willingness to make and learn from mistakes and the ability to work closely and cooperatively (and take direction from) our game-night  staff;
  • Professionalism. It's a fun job and we pay people to watch baseball, but it's also an important job and we want people who will take the responsibility seriously.

(New stringers undergo an 8-10 week correspondence training program, and co-score several practice games in the ballpark with a returning stringer, before scoring any games solo in the ballpark.)

Those interested in applying should send a resume and cover later, addressing the above-listed qualifications, to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

ONLY those who reply to this e-mail address will be considered, and due to volume, we may be unable to respond to all applicants.

Source: MLB.com


Maury BrownMaury Brown is the Founder and President of the Business of Sports Network, which includes The Biz of Baseball, The Biz of Football, The Biz of Basketball and The Biz of Hockey. He writes for Baseball Prospectus and is a contributor to Forbes. He is available as a freelance writer. Brown's full bio is here. He looks forward to your comments via email and can be contacted through the Business of Sports Network (select his name in the dropdown provided).

Follow Maury Brown on Twitter Twitter

Follow The Biz of Baseball on TwitterTwitter

 
«StartPrev12345678910NextEnd»

Page 4 of 189
 
Banner

Poll

Should MLB Force Jeffery Loria to Sell the Marlins?