At long last, Terry Pendleton and Hugh Duffy were elected to the Braves Hall of Fame on Wednesday. Pendleton garnered the 1991 NL MVP Award upon joining the Braves, helping to lead the club to back-to-back World Series appearances following an extended period of mediocrity. Hugh Duffy played around the turn of the century, winning the Triple Crown in 1894. They will be inducted on January 19th.
Grant McAuley answers fan questions regarding upcoming moves, potential targets, and financial responsibility. As always Grant is very insightful and provides thorough answers to all inquiries.
Two beloved members of the “Baby Braves” are now reunited in the organization, as Brian McCann signed a one-year deal to join broadcaster Jeff Francoeur in Atlanta. Here the two take part in a baseball-themed game of “Heads Up.”
Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association reached a deal with the Cuban Baseball Federation to provide a safe, legal means of contracting Cuban players in the United States.
Under this agreement, the FCB must release all players under contract to the FCB who are at least twenty-five (25) years old and have six (6) or more years of playing experience (known as “Foreign Professionals” under MLB rules) to sign with MLB Clubs. The FCB may also release younger players to sign with Major League Clubs. Once a player is released by the FCB, he is free to negotiate and sign with any Major League Club without leaving Cuba, subject to the same collectively bargained rules applicable to all international players. A Major League Club that signs a player released by the FCB pursuant to this agreement will pay the FCB a “release fee,” the amount of which is calculated using the same formula contained in MLB’s protocol agreements with the NPB, KBO and CPBL. When it is time for the player to report to the United States or Canada for baseball activities, he will do so pursuant to a standard work visa, which will also allow him to travel with his family and to return to Cuba during the off-season if he chooses. A more detailed summary of the key provisions of the agreement is attached.