MLB News & Moments You Should Know – August 30

The MLBPA moves toward unionizing the minors and Pujols hits another.

 

Today’s Headlines

 

MLBPA Take Step Toward Unionizing Minor Leaguers

The Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA), the union that represents major league players, sent authorization cards to minor league players on Monday night. The move, initially reported by ESPN, is a first step toward unionization for minor leaguers who are not eligible to be members of the MLBPA.

Players who sign the cards are expressing their interest in being represented by a union and indicating that they’d like the union that represents them to be the MLBPA. The cards are not a vote for unionization, but rather a preceding step used to gauge the appetite for unionization amongst minor league players.

If more than 50% of minor league players sign, the MLB can voluntarily recognize the union rather than require an election. However, the league is not obligated to recognize a union, and may require a vote even if the 50% threshold is reached. If at least 30% of players sign, the next step would be a formal election to decide on unionization. If the 30% threshold is not reached, the process is over for the time being. It’s unlikely that MLBPA would have initiated the card distribution if they weren’t confident they can reach the 30% margin.

This announcement comes amidst increasing pressure on MLB to improve its labor practices, particularly when it comes to the treatment and conditions of minor leaguers. There is still a long road and many looming roadblocks to union representation for minor leaguers, but this first step is encouraging news that may lead to radically improved conditions for the thousands of players employed in the minor leagues.

 

Pujols Hits Number 694

The ageless Albert Pujols continued his march toward 700 career home runs with a blast off the Reds’ Ross Detwiler on Monday. In a 1-1 count in the top of the third, Detwiler throw an outside fastball and Pujols swept it into the right-field bleachers for his 694th career home run.

The blast gets Pujols within three runs of the number four spot on the all-time home run leaders list which is currently occupied by Alex Rodriguez. Detwiler is the latest left-handed pitcher to fall victim to Albert’s bat this season. He holds a 1.203 OPS against lefties and has hit 10 of his 14 runs on the season against southpaws.

 

Best Moments From Yesterday

 

Diamondback’s Top Prospect Gets the Call Up

Corbin Carroll, an outfielder in the Diamondbacks system who is considered one of the top prospects in all baseball, was completing his pre-game routine with the Reno Aces on Sunday when he was interrupted with news from his manager. The moment was caught on tape:

The genuine enthusiasm from his teammates giving Carrol their congratulations is heartwarming to see. The Seattle native was thrown right into Arizona’s lineup on Monday, batting eighth against the Phillies.

 

Young Jays Fan Gets a Visit With Stro

With the Chicago Cubs on a road trip to Toronto, starting pitcher Marcus Stroman had the opportunity to reunite with fans in the city where he pitched for five seasons. He made his way to the bleachers and one young fan in particular couldn’t contain his emotions when he got to meet the Cubs’ ace:

It was a nice reminder that baseball goes much deeper than just pitches and runs.

 

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Colin Fong

Colin lived near Cooperstown and collected signatures from Hall of Famers for his Dad's collection every summer as a kid. He thought it was super boring at the time, but thinks it's incredibly cool now. He's an A's fan and loves writing about the beautiful, absurd, infuriating, and inspiring world of baseball.

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