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Red Sox vote not to go to Japan (coaches not being paid)

Postby thedude » Wed Mar 19, 2008 10:21 am

The sense of international goodwill Major League Baseball was hoping to spread with the Boston Red Sox-Oakland Athletics trip to Japan has been threatened before the plane even leaves the tarmac.

At issue is whether the Red Sox coaches will be paid $40,000 each -- the same as each player will be getting -- for the Japan appearance, which includes two exhibition games as well as two games that will count in the standings.

According to the Boston Herald, the Red Sox will hold a players-only meeting Wednesday morning about the situation. The players are prepared to respond to Major League Baseball with an ultimatum -- if the coaches aren't paid, the Red Sox players will not get on the plane to go to Japan, the Herald reported.

The team -- and manager Terry Francona, in particular -- was incensed when it learned each coach would not be receiving the $40,000, a stipulation that was in the original agreement to go to Japan, the Herald reported.

Francona first found out there might be an issue two days ago, when he discovered Athletics coaches already knew they were not being paid. Francona told the Boston Globe that he has been trying to reach Major League Baseball officials for two days, to no avail.

He said he did not care about the money for himself, but for some of the coaches, $40,000 is two-fifths of a salary, a tidy bonus for an 18-day trip that also includes a coaching clinic and a visit to a U.S. Army base, the Globe reported.

The Red Sox were scheduled to have a send-off, with fans cheering them on as they board their buses for the airport following a 12:05 p.m. game against the Toronto Blue Jays at City of Palms Park.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report


http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=3301195
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Re: Red Sox may refuse go to Japan

Postby AussieDodger » Wed Mar 19, 2008 10:26 am

That would be a forfeit then wouldn't it?

Two victories to the A's!
2-0 start to the season :-D
Also that makes it one extra start before Harden gets hurt O:-)
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Re: Red Sox may refuse go to Japan

Postby thedude » Wed Mar 19, 2008 10:27 am

The Red Sox have 7 coaches. So that is $280,000. If both teams coaches are paid that is $560,000. Not really that much money to MLB.
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Re: Red Sox may refuse go to Japan

Postby thedude » Wed Mar 19, 2008 10:30 am

AussieDodger wrote:That would be a forfeit then wouldn't it?

Two victories to the A's!
2-0 start to the season :-D
Also that makes it one extra start before Harden gets hurt O:-)


The agreement with MLB originally called for the coaches to be paid $40,000, it sounds as though MLB is the one breaking the agreement.
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Re: Red Sox may refuse go to Japan

Postby AussieDodger » Wed Mar 19, 2008 10:44 am

thedude wrote:
AussieDodger wrote:That would be a forfeit then wouldn't it?

Two victories to the A's!
2-0 start to the season :-D
Also that makes it one extra start before Harden gets hurt O:-)


The agreement with MLB originally called for the coaches to be paid $40,000, it sounds as though MLB is the one breaking the agreement.


Maybe we're not getting the whole story. I don't think MLB would reneg on a deal like that for fun.
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Re: Red Sox may refuse go to Japan

Postby Yoda » Wed Mar 19, 2008 10:54 am

What a bunch of crybabies. Why are they even paid an extra $40,000 to play overseas? They are getting a free trip out of it. I hope they don't go and lose those two games.
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Re: Red Sox may refuse go to Japan

Postby BronXBombers51 » Wed Mar 19, 2008 11:14 am

So would this really be a forfeit? Man, that'd be sweet. :-)
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Re: Red Sox may refuse go to Japan

Postby cjd92280 » Wed Mar 19, 2008 11:20 am

According to ESPN the players just voted unanimously not to board the plane, and not to play todays exhibition game vs. Toronto.
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Re: Red Sox may refuse go to Japan

Postby cjd92280 » Wed Mar 19, 2008 11:22 am

BronXBombers51 wrote:So would this really be a forfeit? Man, that'd be sweet. :-)


I don't think it would be, only because OAK doesnt want to go either, they just arent the red sox, so you dont hear from them.
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Re: Red Sox may refuse go to Japan

Postby AussieDodger » Wed Mar 19, 2008 11:25 am

cjd92280 wrote:
BronXBombers51 wrote:So would this really be a forfeit? Man, that'd be sweet. :-)


I don't think it would be, only because OAK doesnt want to go either, they just arent the red sox, so you dont hear from them.


Do you think Uncle Billy could force/persuade them to go for the two wins?
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