Alex Speier of WEEI debunks the notion that GMs are younger and better-educated today than they used to be:
. . .there is a belief that GMs are younger than ever before, drawn from a
pool of graduates of elite, liberal arts colleges and universities
where they learned to value the sort of interdisciplinary analysis that
is now prevalent among GMs when they are making deals. Yet there is a potential to exaggerate or misread the tendencies in
the industry. Most notably, the idea that GMs are now younger and more
educated than ever seems at least somewhat misleading.
In 2000, GMs were, on average, 46.8 years old . . . In
2010, GMs are almost the exact same age, averaging 46.6 years.
That’s what I love about these general managers, man. I get older, they stay the same age.
Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly reports that the Phillies are close to signing free agent reliever Joaquin Benoit. An announcement is expected before the winter meetings end on Thursday.
Benoit, 39, has quietly been among the better relievers in baseball over the past seven years. This past season with the Mariners and Blue Jays, the right-hander put up an aggregate 2.81 ERA with a 52/24 K/BB ratio in 48 innings. That included a 0.38 ERA in 23 2/3 innings after the Jays acquired him from the Mariners.
Benoit suffered a torn calf muscle during a benches-clearing brawl with the Yankees near the end of the regular season. He’s expected to be healthy for spring training.
The Phillies have now added three relievers this offseason with Benoit, Pat Neshek, and David Rollins.
ESPN’s Pedro Gomez provides a previously unreported detail of the new collective bargaining agreement, agreed to by the owners and the players’ union last week. Players’ meal money for road games is being reduced from $105 to $30 per day. Teams are providing pre- and post-game meals in the visitors’ clubhouse to offset some of the decrease in meal money.
Gomez quotes an unnamed player who said, “I doubt many guys know about the money going down, nor would they have agreed to it.” All of the players Gomez contacted said they were unaware of and unhappy about the change.
Clubhouse attendants are certainly unhappy about this change, too. As Gomez notes, the attendants previously provided food for visiting teams which earned them tips from the players.
EDIT: It’s worth clarifying that chefs are required in clubhouses now as part of the new CBA, so it’s not a complete loss for the players.