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Here is a projected list of all 30 team's lineups for Opening Day.
If Adam LaRoche was to file a grievance against the White Sox, what would it look like? Nathaniel Grow of FanGraphs took a look.
Unfortunately for LaRoche, it does not appear that unrestricted access to team facilities for children is the norm across the league. As ESPN has reported, MLB teams vary regarding the extent to which they allow players’ children to accompany their parents within the stadium.
Indeed, the fact that LaRoche reportedly felt the need to expressly negotiate this point with the White Sox would tend to suggest that its not an implied right that all MLB players enjoy. Therefore, an arbitrator is unlikely to rule that a right to unlimited clubhouse access for players’ children is implied in MLB’s CBA, since it does not appear that any such league-wide policy exists.
As a result, while it’s not inconceivable that LaRoche could win a grievance against the White Sox even if the agreement regarding his son was not written into his contract, it would appear that his chances of prevailing are nevertheless pretty slim if his understanding with the team on this point was only memorialized in a verbal side agreement.
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Philly has offered Maikel Franco a six-year, $39 million deal.
The American League East has had a ton of news surrounding it, and a recap of the biggest stories can be found here.
Henry Druschel of Beyond the Box Score talked about Jackie Bradley Jr's bizarre and successful 2015 season.
JBJ made his first adjustment in 2015, selling out for power, and while it resulted in a productive season, it had consequences. As Jeff Sullivan noted in an article from last week at FanGraphs, Bradley Jr. had one of the largest gaps in run value between fastballs/cutters and softer pitches. As Jeff also noted, Bradley Jr.'s rate of hard pitches seen dropped 10 percentage points from 2014 to 2015, as pitchers adjusted to his adjustment. He's not the same player he was in 2014; he can't be the same player he was in 2015, or pitchers will take advantage of his predictability. For a player as young as him, we can guess at his skills, but not at how he'll deploy them. I can't say whether or how JBJ will succeed in the future, but the way he succeeded in 2015 (and is projected to succeed in 2016) is very weird.
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Today in Baseball History: In 1990, major league umpires announce they will boycott exhibition games as a result of not being in the discussions of the revision of the regular season schedule following the lockout. On April 1st, they will return to work.