Collective Bargaining Agreement Foo, Part II
Continuing on with my series on interesting tidbits in the collective bargaining agreement (CBA) between the teams and the players’ association:
The CBA specifically provides that players cannot be made to ride buses to their games if the ride would be more than 200 miles one way. I imagine that for most rides this short, the players simply drive themselves in most instances, except perhaps in the Northeast or Southern California, where it may be simpler to travel together due to traffic congestion.
Major league players get first class airfare and a meal/tip allowance to travel to Spring Training and to their off-season home cities at the end of season.
The daily meal and tip allowance for players on the road was $92.50 per day in 2012, with cost of living increases (COLAs) every year since then.
During Spring Training, players get a weekly allowance of $291.50 (Murphy Money) plus $51.50 a week if not living in team facilities, $82.50 per day meal allowance and $40 a day room allowance, if not living in the team’s facilities and eating the meals provided by the team, if any. Most teams provide lunches or sandwiches to training players, which don’t come out of the allowances listed above. Again, these are 2012 rates subject to COLAs in subsequent years. I think at this point only minor leaguers making peanuts stay in the team dormitories during Spring Training.
All major league players now get a single hotel room when traveling on the road.
All-Stars get a $1,000 stipend to be in the All-Star Game in addition to whatever bonuses their specific contracts might provide.
If a player is traded mid-season to a team more than 50 miles away from his current team, he gets $850 to $1,450 for travel expenses depending on the distance.
The Post-Season player pool breaks down as follows:
World Series Winner = 36%
World Series Loser = 24%
League Championship Series Losers = 24%
Division Series Losers = 13%
Wild-Card Series Losers = 3%
Since the total adds up to 100%, this must mean that each LCS loser gets 12% of the total, Each LDS loser gets a little over 4% and each Wild-Card loser gets 1.5%. Clearly, it pays to win, but that is obviously the idea. The rules are very specific about how the vote by players to split the post into shares is made, with the intent to prevent management from having much say in what the players elect to do. The vote is cast on or before the last day of the regular season, so there is no way to reward players who perform exceptionally well in the post-season, even if they joined the team late in the year.
The only persons other than players who may receive any portion of a share from the players’ pool are two Club Certified Athletic Trainers and one strength and conditioning coach from each team.