MLBits: Minimum Wage for Minor Leaguers, Loving the Reds Activity, Very Old Baseball Cards, More

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MLBits: Minimum Wage for Minor Leaguers, Loving the Reds Activity, Very Old Baseball Cards, More

Chicago Cubs

At the Cubs’ Social Media Night late last season, I won a giant cardboard cutout, emoji fat-head of Ian Happ. Needless to say, I’m happy he’s still with the team and figures to be through the 2019 season. Tiny victories.

Here’s some news from around the league.

  • Speaking of that relationship, look at what the MLBPA just put on its Instagram:

  • I’m not trying to glorify other sports, but it feels like MLB takes short-term considerations over long-term payoffs 9 times out of 10.
  • Tim Brown has thoughts on the issues between the league and the players, and what can be done before this reaches labor-fight stage.
  • At Forbes, Jared Wyllys has a post I like called “Why the Reds Should Be Everyone’s Favorite Baseball Team Right Now,” and you should really give it a read. In short, their activity on the trade and free agent markets and efforts to “go for it” this year should be lauded, because it’s the way teams should act. However, I always run into the same problem: despite all this activity and excitement, the Reds may have sacrificed peak effectiveness 2020 and beyond to go for it in a year when the division is arguably at its toughest. Even if it’s good for the sport, is that really wise? It’s a tough balance.
  • Mariano Rivera recently became the first unanimous selection into MLB’s Hall-of-Fame. So naturally, stories from the glory days are beginning to trickle out. Craig Calcaterra took two of the best ones – highlighting Rivera’s skills as a player and a human being – and you’re sure to find them interesting. Rivera has always seemed like a swell dude, so I’m happy for him.
  • I’ve never been much of a baseball card dude, but I really get the appeal. And whether you were a collector or not, FanGraphs’ look at some of the very first cards will probably pique your interest:

  • The Cubs aren’t alone!

  • Also how absolutely wild is it that the Yankees, Cubs, and Red Sox do not have a single top-100 prospect according to Baseball America? On the one hand, it makes sense. They’re all competitive big market teams and don’t have as many opportunities to add young players. They also each have a cache of excellent young players on their big league rosters. But on the other hand, each of these teams is (or was very recently) just as well-known for their prospects as anything they were doing on the big league level. It’s crazy how quickly that can shift – just a couple seasons!

Author: Michael Cerami

Michael Cerami covers the Chicago Cubs, Bears, and Bulls at Bleacher Nation. You can find him on Twitter @Michael_Cerami