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Fenway
12-17-2003, 09:32 PM
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Statement from Lucchino regarding Players Association decision


BOSTON -- Red Sox President/CEO Larry Lucchino issued the following statement tonight after the Major League Baseball Players Association rejected the agreement the Red Sox and Alex Rodriguez reached on a restructured contract: "Theo Epstein and his staff worked diligently and tirelessly and reached an agreement with Alex Rodriguez. Theo had the full support of John, Tom, and me along the way. The Red Sox and Rangers had agreed to the players to be involved in this transaction and were working toward an agreement on financial considerations to be included. A lot of time and effort has been invested on all sides to reach this critical point, but the Players Association rejected the agreement Alex took to them and, instead, proposed radical changes.
It is a sad day when the Players Association thwarts the will of its members. The Players Association asserts that it supports individual negotiations, freedom of choice, and player mobility. However, in this high-profile instance, their action contradicts this and is contrary to the desires of the player.

We appreciate the flexibility and determination Alex and Cynthia Rodriguez have shown in their effort to move to Boston and the Red Sox.

It has already been a fruitful off-season for the Red Sox, and we will continue to pursue all available avenues in our ongoing quest to improve our team as we look forward to 2004 and beyond."

nodiggity59
12-17-2003, 09:34 PM
What a downer... the only positive is possibly hearing Gammons say the words, "Nomar doesn't want to play in Boston"

soltrain21
12-17-2003, 09:35 PM
Maybe Alex shouldn't of took such a huge contract to a crappy team in the first place...

delben91
12-17-2003, 09:40 PM
So all the trades are off then?

MRKARNO
12-17-2003, 09:45 PM
sounds like it

Fenway
12-17-2003, 09:45 PM
no

this is going to US FEDERAL COURT

I have a hunch Bud Selig will approve the deal the union rejected and start WW3 with the union




Originally posted by delben91
So all the trades are off then?

soltrain21
12-17-2003, 09:48 PM
Is this gonna lead to a strike? I think Bud is due for one..

shbart
12-17-2003, 09:48 PM
Yep...I think u got it...arbitration a possibility? Who is Shyam Das?

Daver
12-17-2003, 09:57 PM
Originally posted by fenway
no

this is going to US FEDERAL COURT

I have a hunch Bud Selig will approve the deal the union rejected and start WW3 with the union

Bud can't do that.

He would be violating the agreement they have with the NLRB.

I guarantee Bud does not want to spend anymore time on Capitol Hill being called a liar.

gogosoxgogo
12-17-2003, 10:07 PM
Wow.

The Player's Union really stinks. That thing has got to go.

SluggersAway
12-17-2003, 10:37 PM
Like I said, scabs are cool.

duke of dorwood
12-17-2003, 11:27 PM
Its the Union's responsibility to oversee these things or the contract system would be meaningless

dugwood31
12-18-2003, 12:03 AM
Unless they come up with a deal, this will go to arbitration. My bet is they figure it out. There's too much riding on this, especially with the Cold War in the AL East.

Scabs aren't cool.

BeerHandle
12-18-2003, 09:22 AM
Originally posted by fenway
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Statement from Lucchino regarding Players Association decision


BOSTON -- Red Sox President/CEO Larry Lucchino issued the following statement tonight after the Major League Baseball Players Association rejected the agreement the Red Sox and Alex Rodriguez reached on a restructured contract: "Theo Epstein and his staff worked diligently and tirelessly and reached an agreement with Alex Rodriguez. Theo had the full support of John, Tom, and me along the way. The Red Sox and Rangers had agreed to the players to be involved in this transaction and were working toward an agreement on financial considerations to be included. A lot of time and effort has been invested on all sides to reach this critical point, but the Players Association rejected the agreement Alex took to them and, instead, proposed radical changes.
It is a sad day when the Players Association thwarts the will of its members. The Players Association asserts that it supports individual negotiations, freedom of choice, and player mobility. However, in this high-profile instance, their action contradicts this and is contrary to the desires of the player.

We appreciate the flexibility and determination Alex and Cynthia Rodriguez have shown in their effort to move to Boston and the Red Sox.

It has already been a fruitful off-season for the Red Sox, and we will continue to pursue all available avenues in our ongoing quest to improve our team as we look forward to 2004 and beyond."

Just pathetic! I understand the role of unions, but come on! This is the highest paid player in baseball. If we was willing to take a cut in salary it would not affect the players at the other end of the spectrum. F the Players Association!!! Why don't you work on protecting players from taking anymore drug tests!!

hold2dibber
12-18-2003, 09:32 AM
Originally posted by duke of dorwood
Its the Union's responsibility to oversee these things or the contract system would be meaningless

Why? I don't see why a player shouldn't be able to decide to restructure his contract (even if it means giving back some of what he's entitled to) if he's unhappy and wants to go somewhere else. I don't see how the contract system would be rendered meaningless if the union didn't have the right to prevent such a scenario.

maurice
12-18-2003, 01:00 PM
He contradicts (http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=1688755) management's union bashing and backs the union all the way:

In the spirit of cooperation, I advised the Red Sox I am willing to restructure my contract, but only within the guidelines prescribed by union officials. I recognize the principle involved, and fully support the need to protect the interests of my fellow players. If my transfer to the Red Sox is to occur, it must be done with consideration of the interests of all major league players, not just one. Any statements by club officials suggesting my position is different than stated is inaccurate and unfortunate.

:gulp: