Labor peace in MLB to extend through 2016 season
There will be extended labor peace in Major League Baseball through 2016. Baseball fanatics will not have to worry about terms such as "decertification" and "court appointed Magistrate" in regards to America's Pastime.
MLB Commissioner Bud Selig and Players Association Executive Director Michael Weiner made the announcement at a joint press conference at the MLB offices in New York on Tuesday afternoon.
The five year agreement matches the previous agreement as the longest in MLB history, and ensures 21 years of labor peace.
Below is few tidbits from the agreement that I felt were most notable.
a. Beginning no later than the 2013 postseason, a second wild card will be awarded to the club in each league with the second best record among non division winners. The two wild card teams from each league will play in a one-game playoff to determine who moves on to the divisional series in each league.
b. The Houston Astros will move to the American League West starting in 2013, thus creating two leagues of 15 teams.
c. Starting in 2013, interleague games will be played throughout the entire regular season schedule.
d. Active roster limits will be expanded to 26 for certain regular season games or doubleheaders.
e. The minimum salary will increase from $414,000 in 2011, to $480,000 in 2012, $490.000 in 2012, and $500,000 in 2015.