By now, most have heard about some of the key aspects of the new CBA in Major League Baseball. The agreement that has been ratified by the players and is scheduled to be ratified by the owners on Thursday, will see the most sweeping changes to the game since arguably the advent of salary arbitration and free agency. Everything from changes to the draft process, hGH testing, changes to revenue sharing, and more are within the deal.
But, some new details have surfaced by way of The AP, that shed light into some smaller, albeit, interesting aspects of the CBA.
For one, players will not be allowed to have tattoos of corporate logos. The premise being, that players could become “human billboards” for advertisers. The agreement reads, “no player may have visible markings or logos tattooed on his body. As body art has become more acceptable, it is as Rob Manfred said, “heading it off at the pass” a reference in preventing players from taking in sponsorship money to display corporate logos… for life.
Another aspect that is interesting: uniform number changes. If a player on a team wishes to have their uniform number changed, they have to inform the Commissioner’s Office by July 31 of the proceeding year that they wish to have their number changed. They can do it sooner “if the player (or someone on his behalf) purchases the exisiting finished goods inventory of apparel containing the player’s jersey number.”
Think about that a moment. This isn’t just jerseys were talking about. It’s everything with a player’s number on it. One imagines that uniform number changes by choice of a player should drop off dramatically, if not entirely.
In the “Alex Rodriguez Dept.” another new wrinkle pertains betting on any sport. There will be a ban on players betting with illegal bookies.
In the “Anger Management Dept.”, players can face possible suspension if they “intentionally throw a ball or equipment at non-uniformed personnel with the intent to harm; assaulting fans, media or umpires; or making public statements that question the integrity of the game, the umpires, the commissioner or the commissioner’s staff.”
Regarding the comments by players that could lead to suspension…. the game either became more civil or more boring off the field, depending on your point of view.
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