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In recent years, there has been growing mistrust between the MLB and the MLB Players Association.The players’ union does not like teams to tank, cut spending on free agents, and manipulate service time. their best prospects, among others Collective agreement expires in December and negotiations set to be controversial

Duty Time Manipulation Widespread But Nearly Impossible to Prove Kris Bryant filed a grievance against the Cubs for manipulating his duty time in 2015, and lost the case because he lacked evidence C ‘ it’s an open secret that teams manipulate uptime (I keep their prospects in miners long enough to delay free agency) Good luck proving it

The best proof is the candid comments from the other side and Seattle Mariners president Kevin Mather appears to have provided those comments earlier this month At an event with the Bellevue Breakfast Rotary Club, Mather indicated that the club were not going to call their top prospects last season for service reasons, no matter what. A video from February of Event 5 was posted to YouTube on Friday, but has since been deleted A full transcript is available at Lookout Landing

“If our major league team had a COVID outbreak or injuries and we had to call people from the taxi team, we were a bit short of players because there was no chance you were seeing these young players at T-Mobile Park “, said Mather” We weren’t going to put them on the 40 player list, we weren’t going to start the service clock There were all kinds of reasons If we had an injury issue or an outbreak of COVID you might have seen my fat belly in left field You wouldn’t have seen our young players, our prospects, playing T -Mobile Park “

Later in the video, Mather was asked about top prospect Jarred Kelenic, and said the club tried to sign him on a long-term contract similar to the six-year extension they gave Evan White last year, before White even made his MLB debut Mather then indicated that Kelenic would be called up this upcoming season after a few weeks in the minors (which would delay his free agency) He said the same about of the best hope of launch Logan Gilbert

“He’s a very good player and frankly we think he’s going to be a superstar,” Mather said of Kelenic. “We control his big league career for six years, and after six years , he will become a free agent We would like him to have some more minor league at-bats, probably at Triple-A for a month, then he’ll probably be in T-Mobile left field in the next six or seven years, then he’ll be a free agent He will not enlist beyond his free agent years “

And here is part of what Mather said about Gilbert: “You won’t see him on April 1, but in mid-April you will see a young man named Logan Gilbert That’s the real deal”

Mather apologized in a statement Sunday evening, saying: “There is no excuse for my behavior and I take full responsibility for my terrible lack of judgment”

The MLB Players’ Association released a statement Monday, calling Mather’s comments “offensive” and saying they represented an “unfiltered look at the thinking of the club”

The Major League Baseball Players Association today released the following statement regarding recent remarks from Seattle Mariners President and CEO Kevin Mather: photoTwittercom / xjqqUmBqbS

Manipulating duty time is technically not against the rules, but it is a bad faith tactic that amounts to salary theft Manipulating duty time is tantamount to delaying the player’s first big payday George Springer had his service time manipulated in 2014 How much more is he making as a 30-year-old free agent before COVID in the last offseason compared to the six-year, $ 150 million deal he received at 31 this winter? Probably a lot more Manipulating service time took money away from him and his family

For a player with no MLB service time, like Kelenic (and Gilbert), it only takes 15 days at minors to push back a free agency for a year Several teams have chosen not to manipulate the serve time of their top prospects in recent years, notably the Padres with Fernando Tatis Jr and the Mets with Pete Alonso, but they are in the extreme minority

Kelenic, 21, was acquired in the Robinson Cano / Edwin Diaz trade with the Mets He hits 291/364/540 at three levels in 2019 and MLBcom ranks him fifth among baseball’s top prospects Spending 2020 on the alternative site paved the way “for him to start reaching his All-Star potential very soon,” according to their screening report

In addition to comments on hours of service, Mather complained that he paid Hisashi Iwakuma’s translator and said prospect Julio Rodriguez’s English was “poor” He also claimed that MLB teams lost $ 2.9 billion in 2020

Rodriguez, a Dominican outfielder ranked No. 2 in the Seattle farming system, responded on Twitter shortly after the video made the rounds on social media

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World News – USA – Mariners president Kevin Mather admits team is manipulating serve time and criticizing player’s English in a video