Late, (or not, depending on how you count the days) for a Very Important Date

Someone check the CBA.  And then forward it to the Boston Media.  We smell (possibly) misguided firestorm.

As a point of fact, the CBA requires that

No Player shall be required to report for spring training workouts more
than thirty-three (33) days prior to the start of the championship season

So, April 2nd is the first Sox game.  March has 31 days.  That would indicate, by my math, that March 1st is the thirty-third day before the start of the championship season, for the Sox at least. Unless you don’t count the 2nd, the day of the game.  Which I can’t figure out if you do.  But the first game for the  league is Mets/Cards on Sunday, April 1st, which is clearly in violation.  So will Manny be following the rules?  Breaking the rules?  Does anyone care besides certain Boston columnists (and, eventually, Murray Chass)? 

Controversy.  Or not.  Who the hell knows.

(HT to SoSH for the CBA language)

9 comments… add one
  • i see 2 issues:
    when do mandatory workouts begin according to the agreement?…[not sure i care about this one…somebody would have squawked long before this if players were being forced into camp early, but you do present an interesting point]
    is the issue with manny an issue?…it’s only an issue if it becomes an issue…until we get more facts, we [including the media sharks] should give manny every benefit of the doubt on this…some may think it’s odd that he chose to communicate through tavarez and that francona hadn’t heard about it yet…having been through a few family emergencies myself, i’ve done the same thing to my boss, that is to ask a co-worker to spread the word that i gotta go deal with a family situation [no details given necessarily] and i’ll check in later [i might’ve asked my friend to make sure the boss heard first, but that may not always be practical]…but you’re right, some jerk may try to turn this into a “manny being manny” moment…

    dc February 19, 2007, 8:42 am
  • 33 days is the mandatory requirement, dc. I just don’t know how they tick the clock, so to speak.

    SF February 19, 2007, 8:45 am
  • that’s what i meant to say: what “date” are they required to report…the players’ union must have looked at this the way they nitpick everything else…you’d think if players were being required to report early they’d be all over it…

    dc February 19, 2007, 8:53 am
  • Last season, when this was an issue (Manny opting out of the WBC to report to spring training “late”), the mandatory date was March 1. He reported March 1.
    I was surprised when Francona said he expected Manny in camp “on time” (ie, early, since no player is actually required to be in camp before March 1). I fully expected Manny to wait until the first, for whatever reasons. Jose Canseco did this in Boston when he was disgruntled and wanting a trade. It seems to be the m.o. for stars who want to prove a point. In Manny’s case, though, don’t forget that his own training apparently is more rigorous than the training he undergoes in camp. If he reports late (ie, on time), and is in good shape, and is ready to play, I couldn’t give a crap, no matter how much Danno will want me to.

    Paul SF February 19, 2007, 10:27 am
  • The Globe’s blog today:
    Tavarez said that Ramirez’s mother had surgery recently for what was feared to have been a tumor in her chest and that Ramirez, who is in western Florida with her, had been having a difficult time dealing with the situation.
    “Everybody here is like Manny, Manny, Manny, so nobody believes that. But this is true about his mom,” Tavarez said. “She’ll be OK, but she really got surgery.”
    Tavarez did tell Edes this morning, however, that his mother’s condition is not the reason for his tardiness. “Manny being Manny,” Tavarez said.
    Tavarez said that despite the health of his mother, Ramirez seemed to be in good spirits.
    “The way he sounded yesterday, he was laughing,” he said. “I don’t know if it’s because his mom, you know she’s home already and he’s happy. But he said, ‘Hang in there, I’ll be there the first.’ I said you better show up out here, what the hell are you doing home? He was just laughing. It’s Manny.”

    Paul SF February 19, 2007, 11:02 am
  • Manny could show up in the second inning of the first regular season game, kicking kittens on his way to the plate and I wouldn’t care.
    You know what this is about? This is about certain members of the Boston media really wanting the fans to hate Manny, it’s so old by now it’s just annoying.

    LocklandSF February 19, 2007, 11:08 am
  • i know [hope] you don’t mean the kitten comment lockland, but you’re right about manny’s likability…there’s nothing like production on the field to cause fans to be more forgiving of a players real or perceived trangressions…that and the fact that it really is hard not to like the guy…the media’s just trying to stir up sh– because they have nothing else to talk about, and as i keep pointing out, they enjoy riling you guys up, and it works every time…whether they suck up to the sox or bash them, either way, they have readership, and look popular…as i said earlier manny should be given every benefit of the doubt until the facts are in…

    dc February 19, 2007, 11:53 am
  • Who cares?
    Different year, same old shite – Manny gets a pass because he’s one of the best hitters in the game.

    Andrews February 19, 2007, 3:24 pm
  • Lockland, would this be like a field of kittens or just one or two in the way on his path top the batter’s box? I have a bizarre image of him just striding quickly to the plate and dozens of kittens flying off in all directions.
    The AP’s story today says Feb. 27 is the mandatory deadline, which would make Manny two days late. Heh.

    Paul SF February 19, 2007, 4:21 pm

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