Frontier: the baseball affiliate at the centre of discussions

Frontier: le baseball affilié au centre des discussions

The president of the Capitals of Quebec, Michel Laplante, admit, ignore if the proposal by the major leagues to eliminate 42 minor league teams is a bluff.

November 15, 2019 20h56

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Frontier: the baseball affiliate at the centre of discussions

Frontier: le baseball affilié au centre des discussions

Ian Bussières

The Sun

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The negotiations between major league Baseball and minor league baseball affiliate for the renewal of the agreement, which will expire at the end of the season 2020 occupied a part of the discussions at a meeting of the governors of the League of the Frontier in the beginning of the week, in Arizona.

“Yes, I must admit that it has been a big topic of discussion. But does anyone know if it is a bluff”, said the president of the Capitals of Quebec, Michel Laplante, the subject matter of the proposal of the major leagues to eliminate 42 minor league teams, unveiled by the magazine Baseball America.

“Every seven or eight years, that question comes back when the major negotiating their agreement with the minor leagues. It is important to know that the teams of the major pay the wages of players and staff their teams affiliated, but the owners of the teams affiliated to pay all the rest”, said Michel Laplante, who does not really believe in the elimination of 42 teams in the baseball affiliate.

Without a job, without a team

If the proposal of the major made his way, more players would then be without employment, and several cities, with no affiliate team. The draft to keep the draft out of the major in the month of August could also sound the end of the leagues, college summer and the Cape Cod League if the universities amricaines decide to keep their season from march to June.

For Bill Lee, commissioner of the League of the Frontier, however, it is too early to predict the impacts of the negotiations between the two parties. “I am in my 40th year in the world of baseball and I know that things can change very quickly. We’re going to watch how it goes and how it will affect our league. It is hoped that this will be good for us,” he told the Sun.

Lee also confessed that he would very much like to discuss with the major leagues of the opportunities that could be offered to its league in the wake of the negotiations that are ongoing with the minor leagues.

To further extend its senior executives

One thing is certain, the League Frontier, more former circuit independent baseball in northern Mexico, wants to further expand its senior executives in 2021 after having merged with the League of the Can-Am.

“We are already receiving interest from some cities. We do not seek other merger in the short term, but we are ready to welcome teams from Quebec to the Mississippi river. All of the markets that have the available infrastructure are of interest to us,” he continued.

“The secret to a league remains strong, it is to have owners that believe in their product and in their league and who know how to put the interest of the league first. We are as strong as our weakest link, so we need good people, good owners dedicated to the success of their team,” says Mr. Lee.

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LITTLE CHANGE TO THE REGULATORY

For the supporters of the older teams in the League Can-Am independent baseball, the passage in the League Frontier will ultimately not have a major effect on the regulation.

“The rules of the League of the Frontier were close to a lot of what we had at the time in the Can-Am,” says the president of the Capitals of Quebec, Michel Laplante, at the end of a meeting that took place in Arizona.

“The salary cap will be calculated differently, but it will look like ours and we will continue to align four veterans of over 28 years in each team. They have made a lot of effort to adjust to us,” says Laplante about other governors teams.

The question of the value of the franchises, which will be set between $ 700,000 and a million, the territory covered and the transmission of the games via the Internet have also been at the heart of discussions.

“Every team in the League Frontier will now have cameras to show the matches via the Internet, which existed already in the Can-Am. It requires investment, but it is believed that the streaming is important for the dissemination of the sport”, he adds.

“These are changes needed to ensure that the transition [after the merger of the two leagues] takes place smoothly”, said the commissioner of the League of the Frontier, Bill Lee.

“After this meeting, I think I can say that everyone gets along very well around the table”, he concludes. Iyear Bussières

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