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Tommy attends a panel marking the 40th anniversary of the 1972 strike and returns with tales of the Players Association's past.

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A key figure in the industry sets his schedule for leaving, too many absent friends in St. Pete, plus other notable quotables from around the game.


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June 24, 2009 12:24 pm

On the Beat: Mid-Week Update


John Perrotto

The looming leadership change in the MLBPA, a coming shakeup in Cleveland, the Pirates go even smaller small-ball, and more.

Don Fehr is a hard person to like. In my dealings with him over the years, I've found him to be aloof, condescending, and downright cold. At the same time, he is brilliant, dogged, and extremely loyal. And if I were ever a member of a labor union or trade association, I would want him representing me at the bargaining table.

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With the announcement of the MLBPA head's timetable for retirement, it's important to recap the talent he's brought to his duties.

There are jobs that demand of the person filling them that they be able to forgo popularity to do them well. No one likes public defenders. No one likes tax auditors. And no one likes the men who have chosen to represent baseball players as if they were a group of laborers in an industry long dominated by a paternalistic management and covered by an unquestioning press largely bought and paid for by the same.

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Wars of words, no more buts in Philly, and an Angel who might need to save something for later.


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January 16, 2008 12:00 am

Stupid Lawyer Tricks


Derek Jacques

Yesterday's mayhem on Capitol Hill had one exciting development, but a lot of empty posturing and unasked questions.

There's nothing to feed human cynicism quite like watching Congress at work. So please pardon me if I get some of it out of my system at the outset: the big lesson that comes from yesterday's spectacle is that, if Congress is upset with you, they'll be much, much, calmer and conciliatory if the next time you come to them, you show up with a former member of congress on your side, after having reportedly backed up a truckload of money to his law firm. That seems to be the difference between congresspersons scolding you well into the evening hours on the one hand, and them hailing you as an outstanding American who gets to go home in time for an early supper on the other.

Forget the 20 months spent investigating and creating the 400-page Mitchell Report; yesterday's hearing was where George Mitchell really earned his fees. Unlike most everyone else involved in the hearing-Bud Selig, Don Fehr, even the members of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform-Mitchell was absolutely smooth in his presentation and his responses to questions. He conducted himself with the confidence of a political alpha dog, the kind of guy who can make legislative in-jokes ("Amnesty is a loaded word in politics") when he's not busy reminiscing about the Irish peace process.

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This week it's all about who said what, where, and about who, and what they may or may not have taken, used, seen, or ever heard about, ever.


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David Eckstein gets the clutch tag for the rest of his natural life, Gary Sheffield's not a happy little baseball player, plus the ins and outs of a new collective bargaining agreement.

"To me, what separates David is his stature. He's not especially big and especially strong, and he gets beat up. And if you're bigger and stronger, maybe it still hurts, but you have a chance to deal with the blows a little more. And he is just a man of iron. I look at ways guys slide into him and the way they beat him up and everything else he does and the way he responds, (and) I think he's the toughest guy I've ever seen."
--Cardinals manager Tony La Russa, on World Series MVP David Eckstein

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September 29, 2005 12:00 am

Prospectus Today: Races, and Other Sideshows


Joe Sheehan

The number of races is dwindling by the day, giving Joe a chance to consider yesterday's Congressional hearing.

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September 28, 2005 12:00 am

Three Strikes and You're...Given a Fourth Strike


Thomas Gorman

The Players Association finally responded to Commissioner Selig's proposed testing program. Tom Gorman takes a look at the fine print.

The Commissioner's proposal was made in a publicly-released April 25th letter to Don Fehr. In that letter Selig suggested five substantive changes to the current Joint Drug Agreement (hereafter called the Agreement for brevity's sake), agreed to in January of 2005.

  1. The Commissioner proposed that punishments increase to 50 games, 100 games, and a lifetime ban for first, second and third offenses from the previous schedule of 10 games, 30 games, 60 games, and one year for first, second, third, and fourth offenses.

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Ozzie Guillen is back and responding to the media, George Steinbrenner would have done things differently, the Royals lose a squeaker, and John Dowd reports on steroids.

"He's Johnny B. Good. He's every All-American boy clich you could think of. That's Jeff Francoeur."
--Braves third baseman Chipper Jones (Baltimore Sun)

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Curt Schilling and Lou Piniella trade barbs, Bud Selig has a few new ideas, Johnny Damon would rather retire than wear pinstripes, and Dusty Baker denies his Proven Veteran fetish.

"When you're playing a team with a manager who somehow forgot how the game is played, there's problems. This should have been over a little bit ago. Lou's trying to make his team be a bunch of tough guys, and the telling sign is when the players on that team are saying, 'This is why we lose a hundred games a year, because this idiot makes us do stuff like this.' They were saying this on the field."
--Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling, on a WEEI radio program, on Devil Rays manager Lou Piniella (Boston Globe)

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