MLB Games Tryouts

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Where is the scout?

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This is the question that many parents and young aspiring baseball players ask during spring season as they get ready to go to the ballpark with dreams of having multi-million dollar bonuses in their heads. What many of them fail to realize is that the interest of these scouts is not merely a game of waiting, not is it something to be ignored. The jocks who throw great pitching during their high school practices can just sit around in their basements and play video games and still the scouts may find them. As for a lot of people, you need to go after them and practice hard. This is where the trout for Major League Baseball will come in.

Tryout is a word that often proves to be misleading because it implies the fact that the scouts choose specific players that they want, sign them, and then put them into the system of the minor league. However, from the standpoint of MLB Games tryouts, these are just opportunities for them to check out the young players who will be joining the selection for the player drafts. Most organizations make use of tryouts in the hopes that they can find some kids that would be worth adding to their roster of players. They will them check them out in the months that will lead up to the subsequent and next drafts that would be conducted.

Those who have qualified for the first year draft for players will include all the high school graduates chosen who have not yet been to college, college players who have already finished their junior year, all of the junior college athletes, and all other players that will turn 21 years old within 45 days from the date of the scheduled draft. Seniors who are in their fifth year will not be subject to the draft and they are free to sign in whatever organization that they want after they have completed their final college classes. Many of the Major League Baseball camps for tryouts are open for players with ages of 16 to 23.

In some cases, a player will be sign

ed out of a certain tryout, but this does not really happen often. But if you sign with a certain MLB organization in a Major League Baseball tryout, it only happens in one of these two situations:

  • The player has already attracted the interest of people from the organization ahead of time, but he sustained an injury, then he shows up to a tryout for Major League Baseball and proves that he can play 100%.
  • The Major League Baseball organization is very keen on the area on low minors like pitching with the left hand and a player arrives with an exceptional talent that will fill up the specific void.
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  • Published: Sep 9th, 2009
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Things don't look good to avoid an uncapped year in the NFL.

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In the vote for the existing NFL Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) only two teams voted against the deal that granted the players 60% of total revenues. Those two were the Bengals and the Bills. These two were maligned by a couple of other owners for being short sighted. Now all 32 teams agreed to opt out of the agreement. The 30 that voted for the deal realized that they can not survive with 40 percent of the gross revenues.

The combination of a sever recession brought on by politicians using the economy for social engineering and the reduction of revenues retained by the team have made the owners resolute in their positions. The NFL Players Association is just as resolute.

The new Executive Director DeMaurice Smith sounded very moderate the day that he won the job over a couple of former players. That was then. Today on ESPN Radio Mike and Mike show, the Commissioner of the NFL, Roger S.”The Hammer” Goodell, talked about some of the issues that the league is facing. He talked about the absolute necessity of the Commissioner having the right to discipline both players and teams that violate the code of conduct. He also said that there was no interest in softening the game blackout rules.

Smith had been listening to the Commissioner and called to rebut what was said. He said that the issue of discipline for the players has to involve an independent arbiter and that will become an issue in negotiations with the owners. He also indicated that the decision about such issues as blackouts should be done jointly between the owners and players. If the players are truly a partner in the game, they should have input to such critical decisions.

There have been 2 formal and a couple of informal negotiating sessions since the owners decision. There have been no proposals from either side and no sign of progress. If there is no new agreement to take effect the first day of the 2010 season, 2010 will be an uncapped year with very different rules than 2009.

The players will benefit from the uncapped year only if their contract has expired and they have 6 years of NFL season credit. NFL season credit is very complex and such things as injury, practice squad and played games are handled differently to determine a credit year. In 2009, a player became unrestricted after 4 seasons credit.

The rules also change for the use of the Transition and Franchise tags. Prior to the 09 season, once you used a tag, it could not be reused for the duration of the contract that was signed. If you give a player a tag then sign him to a 6 year contract, you can not use the tag on any other player for the length of the contract unless the player is no longer on the roster. In an uncapped 2010 all teams get both tags for use again regardless of a prior use. That will likely prevent two of the most attractive free agents of each team from moving.

There are a bunch of “little” issues that separate the sides. Forget those. There are only 3 issues that will determine if a deal gets done or not. Here they are listed in reverse order of their importance.

The percentage of revenue that is allocated to the players. Right now, 60% is too high for the owners but too low for the players. The NFL has floated the concept of adding 2 regular season games and eliminating 2 preseason games for which the players receive a tiny stipend. That would result in more total money going to the players even under a smaller percentage of total revenue. There are several issues with this solution that have to be worked out but that is the only way this issue can be resolved.

The reinstatement of a hard salary cap. This is critical. Look at the disparity of team payrolls in baseball. Given the economics of the game, there is no way that half of the teams in MLB will ever make the playoffs. Of course a team can sneak up on the playoffs like the Marlins have but the next year they will be forced to sell off their team’s best players. This would change the basic nature of the NFL game. Without out a hard cap, there would be no profit sharing with the exception of the national TV contracts. Right now the NFL shares a larger percentage of their revenue than in any other sport. In my estimation, the elimination of the cap and revenue sharing would cause no less than 8 teams to fold.

The lack of guaranteed contracts. This is the white wale of the negotiations. MLB and the NBA have guaranteed contracts. That has led to the inmates (players) running the institution (the leagues). The campaign for Exec. Director by the two players focused on this issue. Smith had not brought this issue up during the campaign but has since. In my opinion this is a deal breaker.

Neither of the other leagues are contact sports. The number of player that are injured and able to return but at a reduced capacity is very high in the NFL compared to the other sports. The single thing that makes the NFL the best league is the lack of guaranteed deals. How long do you think Manny Ramirez would last in New England? Not as long as it takes most people to say his name. Players with huge attitudes perform or are gone.

What will happen?

2010-an uncapped year. There will be no deal before the start of the 2010 season. It will be an uncapped year.

2011 season will see a work stoppage. These three issues cause a logger head that prevents a deal. The players walk out of negotiations and the league hires replacement players to play the season. Does anyone have the phone number of Tim “I’m on the” Couch?

If you wonder what its like to coach in the semi-pro leagues, just watch Bill Belichick deal with a team of street free agents. Now that would make the HBO show “Hard Knocks” worth watching. The UFL will flourish and gain market share. The NFL will muddle through the season. Then when the draft is scheduled, the players will come back and the two sides will find a way to resolve the issues.

But the damage will have been done. The league will never match the high water mark of 2008-2009 again.

That’s what I think. Tell me what you think.

Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He is a senior writer for and edits He has also published several novels on and edits ..

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The Commissioner suspends the entire National League for 50 Games!

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By Bill Smith

Just kidding, but if things keep going they way they have been it could happen. Baseball thought it finally had a handle on the steroid problem—not so much. What it does have is the very short end of a very long stick.

Manny Ramirez of the LA Dodgers is the latest one to be caught. He was taking female fertility drug HGC. He reportedly was prescribed the drug by a doctor in Florida. HGC was added to the no-no list in 2002. He has been suspended for 50 games—the first failed drug test by a player in the program. According to team mates, Manny brings leadership any locker room west of the Massachusetts boarder. Baseball can only hope he isn’t leading players to massive suspensions. To the further frustration of baseball, Jose Canseco said that Manny was using in his first book Juiced. Maybe Canseco is a member of the psychic network.

The reason that Baseballs stick is so long for the most part is the fault of the sport’s leadership. Baseball really didn’t want to even admit there was a rock called steroids let alone look under it. Sammy Sosa went from looking like a full size Pee Wee Herman doll to having the muscles of a weight lifter in one off season. Baseball was struggling to recover from the worst “Burress” a sport can inflict on itself—the cancellation of their championship. When the home run chase started bringing people back to the ballparks around the league, Baseball league management and the players union looked the other way. Not one of them on either side of the labor/management divide wanted to know the truth. Now both are paying the price for their blindness.

This scandal is worse than any in the history of the game not only because it taints the game worse than any other but that it involves every team and many more players. 18 of 38 MVP awards over the last few years have gone to proven substance abusers according to ESPN.

This is the death by 10,000 cuts. Every time another big name is sucked into the bottomless pit of steroids, Baseball thinks things couldn’t get worse. But they always do as yet another player is disclosed.

It’s not like Baseball can afford to lose regular customers either. Even in two of the brand spanking new facilities, the attendance is lousy. The Yankees cut the price of the better seats in half. But those seats still run $500-1500 a game. Thanks to your friends in Washington, there are no rich. There were some but thanks to the downturn the stock market tanked and the 401’s have become 101’s. Washington D.C. is the only city in the US that hasn’t lost thousands of jobs. But because of the no win policy in DC, no one is showing up for games.

There is no effective test for the most used substance HGH. While dozens of testing companies are working feverishly to find one, thousands of drug enthusiasts are working just as hard to find the new drug that athletes will turn to when an HGH test is adopted. This is one war on drugs that the good guys are certain to lose.

Meanwhile, back in the Capital, the Congress is looking for anything that will increase their popularity. Right now, their approval rating on polls ranks just above that of swine flu. Baseball is an easy target that will look to Joe the Plumber like the Congress is looking out for them. As the approval rating of the Congress continues to fall faster than Skylab, attacking Baseball again for steroids will look more and more like a quick avenue for improvement.

So Baseball has a problem that it is totally unable and unwilling to solve. But it had better find a way because time is running out. So is the patents of the fans that pay the bills for those over compensated druggies.

My headline is fiction now. Let’s hope it stays that way.

That’s what I think. Tell me what you think.

Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He is a senior writer for and edits He has also published several novels on and edits .

My email is [email protected]

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