Manny falls to fifth

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My friend Jason is the guy behind that push to get Manny Ramirez into the All-Star Game. He’s a great guy and a great blogger (his normal gig is here), but it seems things aren’t working out exactly the way he planned:

Suspended slugger Manny Ramirez has dropped in the latest round of
fan voting for the All-Star game, falling to fifth among NL
outfielders. Ramirez was fourth last week in the first set of results,
about 24,000 votes behind the New York Mets’ Carlos Beltran for a
starting spot . . . Dodgers manager Joe Torre has said Ramirez should
skip the game even if he’s voted to start.

So it seems that the word of a guy with over fifty years in the game,
four World Series rings, six pennants, an MVP award and 2300 career
hits counts for more than a part-time blogger’s. Sheesh. What is this
world coming to?

Rockies acquire Zac Rosscup from Cubs

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The Rockies announced a minor swap of relief pitchers on Monday evening. The Cubs sent lefty Zac Rosscup to the Rockies in exchange for right-hander Matt Carasiti.

Rosscup, 29, was designated for assignment by the Cubs last Thursday. He spent only two-thirds of an inning in the majors this year and has a 5.32 career ERA across 47 1/3 innings. Rosscup has spent most of the season with Triple-A Iowa, posting a 2.60 ERA in 27 2/3 innings.

Carasiti, 25, spent 15 2/3 innings in the majors last year, putting up an ugly 9.19 ERA. With Triple-A Albuquerque this season, he compiled a 2.37 ERA and a 43/13 K/BB ratio in 30 1/3 innings.

U.S. Court of Appeals affirms ruling that the minor leagues are exempt from federal antitrust law

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The Associated Press reported that on Monday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit affirmed a district court ruling which holds that the minor leagues are exempt from federal antitrust law, just like the major leagues.

In 2015, four minor leaguers sued Major League Baseball, alleging that MLB violated antitrust laws with its hiring and employment policies. They accused MLB of “restrain[ing] horizontal competition between and among” franchises and “artificially and illegally depressing” the salaries of minor league players.

The U.S. Court of Appeals said the players failed to state an antitrust claim, as the Curt Flood Act of 1998 exempted Minor League Baseball explicitly from antitrust laws.

This case is separate from the Aaron Senne case in which Major League Baseball is accused of violating the Fair Labor Standards Act. That case was recertified as a class action lawsuit in March. In December, Major League Baseball established a political action committee (PAC), which came months after two members of Congress sought to change language in the FLSA so that minor league players could continue to be paid substandard wages.