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July 9, 2014

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What the CBA Says About the All-Star Game

by Zachary Levine


We’re six days from the All-Star Game, an event that despite Major League Baseball’s best marketing efforts, you might think is kind of meaningless. We’re five days away from the Home Run Derby, an event that even when put next to the All-Star Game takes on the air of a sideshow, and rarely in a good way.

That is, until you’ve taken a look at MLB’s Collective Bargaining Agreement, which focuses far more than anybody should on the break from actual baseball.

When we first took an educational field trip through the leagues’ guiding document, it was to point out all the teams that had their own little exceptions to the rules by which everybody else was governed. With the All-Star Game approaching and holding a significant place in the body and attachments of the CBA, part two of this occasional series will focus on what the CBA can answer for us about the All-Star Game.

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stephenbawesome

Anything stopping Joey Gallo and Kris Bryant from getting the last two derby spots?

Jul 09, 2014 03:35 AM
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Bryan Cole

I forget: are minor leaguers in the MLBPA? I'd watch it, though, but I imagine they'll want to keep that appearance fee money for their more senior members.

I continue to not understand why we care so deeply if the All-Star Game is a tie. Failing that, start every extra inning with a runner on second. Or let players come back in the game to pitch. If you're concerned about injury, just let position players come in to pitch ("And now Cespedes is warming for the American League...").

It's a meaningless exhibition -- or it SHOULD be -- do weird stuff! Make it fun!

Jul 09, 2014 06:39 AM
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Shaun P.
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I think you have to be on a 40 man roster to be a member of the MLPBA. No clue if either Bryant or Gallo is on their team's 40 man roster.

Jul 09, 2014 07:29 AM
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jonjacoby

I thought you need to have made an MLB appearance to be part of of the MLBPA.

Jul 09, 2014 09:04 AM
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RossBukouricz7

Per the FAQ posted on mlb.com, they just need to be on the 40 man roster to be a part of the MLBPA, however neither Gallo nor Bryant are on the 40 man roster, so it is a moot point.

Jul 09, 2014 10:28 AM
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mdupske

We care so much BECAUSE THIS ONE COUNTS!

Jul 09, 2014 19:53 PM
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Bryan Cole

So dumb. I'll give you two versions of the All-Star Game, you tell me which one you'd rather watch.

1. Whichever league wins the All-Star Game gets home field advantage in the World Series.
2. Yasiel Puig is guaranteed to pitch one inning (max. 30 pitches).

(Answer key: 2)

Jul 10, 2014 07:31 AM
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