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DODGERS ANNOUNCE 2018 SPRING TRAINING RADIO BROADCAST SCHEDULE

LOS ANGELES –The Los Angeles Dodgers today announced their 2018 Spring Training radio broadcast schedule with 16 broadcasts in English on AM 570 LA Sports and eight Spanish-language broadcasts on Univision Radio’s KTNQ 1020 AM.

Both AM 570 and KTNQ 1020 will carry the Dodgers’ Cactus League opener on Feb. 23 against the White Sox, and will also close out the spring slate by broadcasting all three Freeway Series games against the Angels March 25-27.

AM 570 LA Sports’ Spring Training Dodgers programming will once again includeDodger Talk,which will air each weeknight hosted by David Vassegh and will showcase all the latest Dodgers news, key highlights and exclusive interviews with Dodger players and coaches. Vassegh will be on-site in Glendale, Arizona providing daily analysis, special reports and exclusive interviews throughout Spring Training to other AM 570 LA Sports shows including Dodgers pre-game with Tim Cates,Lunchtime with Roggin & Rodney(noon-2 p.m.) and thePetros & Money Show(2 p.m.-7 p.m.).

The Dodgers’ 2018 Spring Training broadcast schedule is attached.

The Dodgers’ Spring Training information can be found by visitingwww.dodgers.com/Spring.

SPECTRUM SPORTSNET LA 2018 SPRING TRAINING COVERAGE TO INCLUDE 20 LIVE TELEVISED DODGER GAMES

El Segundo, CA – February 8, 2018– Spectrum SportsNet LA will lead off its comprehensive live 2018 Dodgers Spring Training coverage onAccess SportsNet: Dodgerson Tuesday, February 13, as the pitchers and catchers report to Camelback Ranch in Arizona. SportsNet LA’s live spring game coverage will begin Friday, February 23 when the Dodgers open their Cactus League schedule vs. the Chicago White Sox at 12:05 pm PST.

SportsNet LA will air 20 games, including live Dodgers games every Saturday and Sunday throughout spring training. The Saturday schedule will feature multiple matchups against the Chicago White Sox, as well as contests against the Giants, Cubs and Diamondbacks. Sunday matchups will feature games against the Mariners, Giants, Rockies and Padres. SportsNet LA will also televise all three of the “Freeway Series” exhibition games against the Angels from March 25 – 27.

SportsNet LA’s live Dodgers Spring Training studio programming will include the network’s flagship program,Access SportsNet:Dodgers, providing complete coverage of the club’s quest to return to the World Series.Access SportsNet: Dodgerswill showcase all the latest Dodgers news, highlights and exclusive interviews with Dodgers players, coaches and staff throughout spring training.

Access SportsNet: Dodgerswill again be hosted byJohn HartungandAlanna Rizzo, with feature analysis fromOrel Hershiser,Nomar Garciaparra,Jerry Hairston Jr.andNed Colletti.  Rizzo will be onsite in Arizona to provide daily analysis, special reports and exclusive interviews from Camelback Ranch.

SportsNet LA’s signature series,Backstage: Dodgers,will again take fans behind the scenes with their favorite team throughout spring training.Backstage: Dodgerswill debut its first spring training episode on Wednesday, March 14 followingAccess SportsNet: Dodgers.

SportsNet LA’s spring game telecasts will be called by multiple broadcast teams, led byJoe Davisand Dodger greatOrel Hershiser. Veteran Dodger broadcastersCharley Steiner,Rick Monday,John Hartung,Nomar Garciaparra,Jerry HairstonJr.andNed Collettiwill also call games during spring training.

The 2018 Spectrum SportsNet LA Dodgers Spring Training Broadcast Schedule is availablehere.

Spectrum SportsNet LA is the exclusive 24/7 TV home of the Los Angeles Dodgers that takes fans behind the scenes and offers in-depth access into the organization, providing an immersive experience with never-before-seen content and thousands of hours of comprehensive Dodgers programming. More information on the network is available atsportsnetla.com.

About Spectrum Networks

Spectrum Networks is a series of 24/7 news and sports networks owned and operated by Charter Communications, Inc., a leading broadband communications company and the second largest cable operator in the United States. Spectrum Networks carry distinct, comprehensive, and exclusive local programming on 31 networks across 12 states. More information on the network is available atspectrumsportsnet.com.

2018 SPRING TRAINING UPDATE

THE FACILITY: The Dodgers’ complex at Camelback Ranch–Glendale includes six practice fields as well as the stadium. The award-winning facility, which the Dodgers share with the Chicago White Sox, includes a total of more than 118,000 square feet of Major and Minor League clubhouse space, 13 full baseball fields and three half-fields. It is one of the largest in the Cactus League with a capacity of 13,000, which includes 3,000 lawn seats, 12 luxury suites and a party deck. The site also features picturesque walking trails, landscaped grounds, an orange grove, two ponds and a lake.

DESERT HOME: 2018 marks the 10thyear the Dodgers will play their Spring Training home games at Camelback Ranch-Glendale. Last season, the Dodgers established a Camelback Ranch–Glendale record for the third year in a row, in total (165,911) attendance in 17 home dates. Two new shade canopies have been added on the first base concourse and will offer fans more shaded seat options, most notably in the Baseline Terrace sections. Also new in 2018, CR-G debuts a 30’ x 50’ Daktronics videoboard in right-center field. The new high definition videoboard will provide fans with a dramatic upgrade to the visual and interactive experience during spring training games.

2018 SPRING SCHEDULE: The Dodgers will open their Spring Training schedule on Friday, February 23 against the Chicago White Sox at Glendale, which is a home game. The Dodgers will play a total of 17 games at Camelback Ranch this spring on five Spring Training weekends. Fans will have several opportunities to make the five-hour drive or one-hour flight to the desert from L.A. before the team heads back to Southern California to face the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for three Freeway Series exhibition games. The Dodgers will play at Angel Stadium on Sunday, March 25 and at Dodger Stadium on March 26 and 27.

CAMELBACK PROMOTIONS:

  • Every Sunday: Family Sunday —Children ages 12 and under may purchase a $5 lawn ticket. Valid at box office on day of game only. Limit four $5 lawn tickets per full-priced adult ticket purchased.
  • Every Wednesday: Senior Stroll— Following every Wednesday game, seniors can stroll the bases at Camelback Ranch.
  • Senior Special:Monday-Wednesday, seniors age 65 and over receive 50 percent off Infield Box or Baseline Field Box tickets. Valid at the box office on the day of the game only.
  • Active and Retired Military Special:Monday-Wednesday, active and retired members of the military receive 50 percent off Infield Box or Baseline Field Box tickets. Valid at the box office on the day of the game only.
  • Glendale Resident Pass— City of Glendale (AZ) residents can purchase $5 Baseline Reserved or Lawn tickets for Sunday – Thursday games. Proof of residency required; offer valid online at camelbackranchbaseball.com only.

SPRING TICKETS:Tickets for the Dodgers’ Cactus League schedule at Camelback Ranch–Glendale are available atwww.dodgers.com/springor by calling (800) 352-0212. Single-game ticket prices begin at $10 and fans can save by purchasing in advance (there is a $3 increase per ticket on game days). More information about Spring Training, including the Camelback Ranch promotional schedule and full ticket-pricing information, is available atwww.camelbackranchbaseball.com.

AWARDS AND ACCOLADES:  In 2013, the Best of 2013 Award fromPhoenix New Timesrecognized Camelback Ranch–Glendale as the “Best Place to See a Spring Training Game,” which was also acknowledged in the 2009 edition. Following the 2010 season, the facility also received the 2010 Facility of Merit Award fromAthletic Business Magazineand the Best of the West Award from WESTMARC, a coalition of West Maricopa County businesses. In 2009, the facility received the Editor’s Choice Award from BallparkDigest.com for “significantly advancing the state of the art for spring training complexes.”

2017 SPRING RESULTS:     Won     Lost     Tie       Pct.      CRG home attn.       Home games

15         14         2           .484      165,911                     17                         

Schedule subject to change; (ss) denotes split squad game; all times listed are local

HOW THE 2018 DODGERS WERE BUILT

Manager:Dave Roberts (30)

Bench Coach:Bob Geren (8);Pitching Coach: Rick Honeycutt (40);Hitting Coach: Turner Ward (12);

First Base: George Lombard (29);Third Base: Chris Woodward (45);

Assistant Hitting Coach:Brant Brown (49), Luis Ortiz (28);Game Planning/Communications Coach:Danny Lehmann (86)

Coach:Steve Yeager (7);Bullpen Catcher:Steve Cilladi (82); Fumi Ishibashi (86)

 

 

FIRST-YEAR PLAYER DRAFT

No.       Player                           Year                 Round

64        Walker Buehler            2015                First

35        Cody Bellinger             2013                Fourth

65        Kyle Farmer                 2013                Eighth

22         Clayton Kershaw          2006                First

31        Joc Pederson                2010                11th

5          Corey Seager                2012                First

48        Brock Stewart              2014                Sixth

68        Ross Stripling               2012                Fifth

61        Alex Verdugo              2014                Second

 

NON-DRAFTED FREE AGENTS

No.       Player                           Date

52         Pedro Baez                   Jan. 22, 2007

63        Yimi Garcia                 Jan. 29, 2009

74         Kenley Jansen              Nov. 17, 2004 (Resigned on Jan. 10, 2017)

7          Julio Urías                    August 17, 2012

 

FREE AGENTS

No.       Player                           Date

62        Wilmer Font                 Dec. 21, 2016

44        Rich Hill                      Dec. 5, 2016 (Originally acquired via trade from OAK on Aug. 1, 2016)

55        Tom Koehler                Dec. 20, 2017

18        Kenta Maeda                Jan. 7, 2016

60        Henry Owens               Dec. 22, 2017

58        Edward Paredes            Dec. 8, 2016

66         Yasiel Puig                   June 29, 2012

99         Hyun-Jin Ryu               Dec. 12, 2012

77        Dennis Santana            May 27, 2015

60        Andrew Toles              Sept. 23, 2015

10        Justin Turner                Feb. 6, 2014 (Resigned on Dec. 23, 2016)

 

ACQUIRED VIA TRADE

No.       Player                          From               Date                            With/For

54       Scott Alexander          Kansas City      Jan. 4, 2018                  With Jake Peter, for Luis Avilán to CWS and Trevor Oaks to KC

71       Dylan Baker                Milwaukee       Jan. 2, 2018                  Cash

28       Austin Barnes             Miami              Dec. 10, 2014               With Andrew Heaney, Chris Hatcher and Enrique Hernandez for Dee Gordon, Dan Haren, Miguel Rojas and cash

54       Tony Cingrani            Cincinnati        July 31, 2017                For Scott Van Slyke and Hendrik Clementina

46       Josh Fields                  Houston           August 1, 2016             For Yordan Alvarez

11       Logan Forsythe                       Tampa Bay      Jan. 23, 2017                For Jose De Leon

9         Yasmani Grandal       San Diego        Dec. 18, 2014               With Zach Eflin and Joe Wieland for Matt Kemp, Tim Federowicz and cash

14       Kiké Hernández          Miami              Dec. 10, 2014               With Andrew Heaney, Austin Barnes and Chris Hatcher for Dee Gordon, Dan Haren, Miguel Rojas and cash

27       Matt Kemp                  Atlanta             Dec. 16, 2017               For Adrián González, Scott Kazmir, Brandon McCarthy, Charlie Culberson and cash

36       Adam Liberatore        Tampa Bay      Nov. 20, 2014              With Joel Peralta for Greg Harris and Jose Dominguez

70       Tim Locastro             Toronto            July 2, 2015                 For Chase De Jong

25       Rob Segedin                New York-AL  Jan. 12, 2016                For Tyler Olson and Ronald Torreyes

3         Chris Taylor               Seattle              June 25, 2016               For Zach Lee

21       Trayce Thompson       Chicago-AL     Dec. 16, 2015               With Micah Johnson and Frankie Montas for Jose Peraza, Scott Schebler and Brandon Dixon to CIN and Todd Frazier to CWS

57       Alex Wood                  Atlanta             July 30, 2015                With Luis Avilan, Jim Johnson, Jose Peraza and Bronson Arroyo for Hector Olivera, Paco Rodriguez and Zack Bird

 

NON–ROSTER INVITEES              

No.       Player                           Pos.

38        Manny Bañuelos          P

84        Matt Beaty                   INF

90        Joe Broussard               P

56        Daniel Corcino             P

81        Yusniel Diaz                OF

83        Drew Jackson               INF

51        CC Lee                         P

33        Mark Lowe                  P

76        Brian Moran                 P

13        Max Muncy                 INF

49        Zach Neal                    P

87        Jake Peter                     INF

89        DJ Peters                      OF

72        Henry Ramos               OF

78        Edwin Rios                  INF

80        Keibert Ruiz                 C

73        Yaisel Sierra                 P

79        Will Smith                    C

67        Travis Taijeron             OF

17        Donovan Solano           INF

41        Pat Venditte                 P

88        Shawn Zarraga             C

 

 

 

 

 

2018 ARIZONA HOTEL OPTIONS

 

Marriott Springhill Suites Glendale

4.1 miles from Camelback Ranch

7370 North Zanjero Boulevard

Glendale, AZ 85305

T: (623) 772-9200

http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/phxgl-springhill-suites-phoenix-glendale/

 

Renaissance Glendale Hotel & Spa

4.0 miles from Camelback Ranch

9495 W. Coyotes Boulevard

Glendale, Arizona 85305

T: (623) 937-3700

http://www.renaissanceglendale.com/contact.php

 

Homewood Suites by Hilton Avondale

4.4 miles from Camelback Ranch

11450 West Hilton Way

Avondale AZ 85323

T: 623.882.3315

http://www.hilton.com/search/hw/us/az/avondale?WT.srch=1

 

Wigwam Golf Resort and Spa

5.0 miles from Camelback Ranch

300 Wigwam Boulevard

Litchfield Park, AZ 85340

T: (623) 935-3811

http://www.wigwamresort.com/

This article has 49 Comments

  1. A rose is a rose is a TWC. Looks like another year for streaming as ‘Spectrum’ piles every shopping channel and knitting infomercial into the package that carries both SportsnetLA and MLBN to charge you more on the bill than what was agreed. I believe they actually try to make me (particularly) hate them. I really tried changing my mind and cleaned the slate and they only got worse.

  2. Different topic; Do all major league players belong to the players union? Is it a requirement in right -to-work states? Why is it collusion if the owners agree to do something together, but not collusion if the players do?

      1. Actually, he isn’t really wrong. Early efforts to unionize were thwarted by application of anti-trust laws. (see the Danbury Hatters case.) It was only after the adoption of the NLRA in 1935 that workers were allowed to organize “in restraint of trade”. Unions were considered a form of collusion until Congress excepted them from the application of the Sherman Act.

          1. Of course, you already knew about the Supreme Court’s decision in Danbury Hatters? Or the application of the Sherman Act to unions?

    1. In right to work states workers don’t have to be part of the union yet they get union benefits and the union must represent them in a grievance.

        1. I collected Union wages in Ontario Oregon, as a non union worker from Idaho. It was awesome, every cent went into my pocket.

          1. I even got the retirement money up front since their was no Union to represent me. It was an addition onto a community college. I got triple time one Sunday. I made $29 an hour for 7 months. After that I had to come back to my normal $14. That benefit package was like 8 bucks an hour…into my pocket, all day and week long.

        2. Each MLB player pays $70 a day in union dues during the season. Clayton Kershaw pays the same as Corey Seager, even though Clayton makes $34 million more (someting wrong with that).

          MLB Collects $84,000 a day dureimg the season, which is approxiamately $14.2 Million a year.

          1. MJ, we tried passing a fair share bill in Iowa which basically said if they want the union benefits and grievance protection that they have to kick in something. Not the full union dues if they didn’t want to be a union member but unless they were kicking in some small amount the union shouldn’t have to represent them in a grievance.

  3. Idaho used to have union jobs a while back…but there wasn’t enough work to go around and folks still had to thier dues to be active. In order to spur growth again, they became a right to work state. I have the right to negotiate on my own terms. I was supposed to be in the Painters or Carpenters Union. I like right to work.

      1. During the Bush years when work was everywhere, The Carpenters Union started back up…I joined, I payed my dues for a year. I was sent out on one job, it was a Taco Bell or something. I completed the work in 6 hours. That was not only my first Union job, but my last Union job. I ran about 50 guys for a non union shop. A few of our guys made above and beyond Union scale…by about $10 an hour. Everyone would start at about the same rate…which was the going rate for tradesman. It was around $14 an hour…If you stayed a year, you recieved vacation pay and insurance, plus if you were a pace setter, your wages went up as well…

        1. I asked you that, because most people in a union, have full medical, and dentistry.

          And I think most people in a union, are hard workers.

          There are always a few people, that do take advantage, of a union.

          But you find people like that, in every job, or profession, as you know.

          1. Yes. I worked as hard as I would have if it was my jobsite and my company. The tradesman in front of me would sabatoge thier work. They began hanging drywall like it was a 1000 pice jigsaw puzzle. It worked, they slowed me down. The other reason I only managed one job, during my year of paying dues was that he union was employing mostly apprentices. They would then pair them with a limited amount of journeyman. I was already a full fledged journeyman, and wasn’t a part of the company before it went union. I payed my dues in the event that it took off and their was an abundance of Union work available…By the time that happened, they had graduated enough apprentices to complet the amount of work available. My neighbor is retired from the pipe fitters union…he has fared very well in his retirement years. I have heard stories of jobs requiring the use of seperate entrances for union and non union workers on the same site.

    1. Hawkeye

      That sounds the fair thing to do!

      I guess the union people were probably only doing that, to try to get these people, to join the union.

      But that is why I asked if they paid union dues, because I paid my fair share, too.

  4. During the Bush years when work was everywhere, The Carpenters Union started back up…I joined, I payed my dues for a year. I was sent out on one job, it was a Taco Bell or something. I completed the work in 6 hours. That was not only my first Union job, but my last Union job. I ran about 50 guys for a non union shop. A few of our guys made above and beyond Union scale…by about $10 an hour. Everyone would start at about the same rate…which was the going rate for tradesman. It was around $14 an hour…If you stayed a year, you recieved vacation pay and insurance, plus if you were a pace setter, your wages went up as well…

    If I was in a major city…a union job might of been beneficial. Not so much in a rural setting, though. Just my opinion.

    1. Every place I’ve ever worked…some contractor has payed me with a bad check. 20 plus years in working Idaho and no one ever tried to cheat me out of my money. It’s also the only place where a contractor gave me a Christmas bonus and a turkey for the holidays.

  5. By Ken Gurnick
    Buehler’s Cactus League debut last spring provided one of the more remarkable scenes of camp. Buehler entered a late-March game against the Reds in the seventh inning, walked the first batter he faced, then served up a mammoth home run to Adam Duvall. Veteran second baseman Chase Utley — who had never met Buehler — came to the mound, shook Buehler’s hand and introduced himself.

    “I’m Chase,” he said. “That was a long fly ball. Try to get some outs.”

    Buehler retired the next three batters.

    I don’t have any favorite Dodger, if FAZ thinks they can make the team better by trading any Dodger then I’m in but there has never been a Dodger player since I’ve been a Dodger fan that I have more respect for than Chase Utley.

  6. I’m concerned with the pitching a bit, this season. Maeda, Hill and Ryu have struggled in the past. They are relying heavily on Wood repeating, which I believe he can do, if he spots the ball in the lower portion of the zone effectively. Stripling, Stewart and whomever don’t exite me much and counting on help from a prospect would be foolish.

  7. Since Mark owns Lakerstalk as well, what did the Lakers fans on here think of the trade yesterday? I have some mixed feelings. I get why they did the deal and I guess with the NBA’s goofy salary cap system it’s the smart thing to do. However, I’ve enjoyed watching this young team play this year and if it wasn’t for the 9 game losing streak they had when Ball (and Ingram) got hurt the first time they would be in playoff contention at least. They’re a fun team. They get up and down the court faster than anyone in the NBA. It’s a shame they had to move parts once again to make up for Jim Buss’ poor job of running the team. Clarkson is a good player and Larry Nance was a great piece off the bench too. Nance’s game really matched up well with Ball when they were on the court together. So, they moved two good pieces with the HOPE of signing two max players. I hope they don’t move Randle too in the offseason. He’s playing well. I hope IT doesn’t become a big problem for them the rest of the season. He could be a terrible example for a young team. They had a great draft last year and if they can snag another good young player with the draft pick they picked up it will offset losing one of those two they traded away. I still can’t believe the previous knuckleheads gave Deng that contract.

    1. The Lakers’ and Magic’s goal seems to be to get old as much as is to sign “Names”. I like the young core of Ball, Kuzma, Ingram, and Randle. Geroge’s and James’ contracts could look like Crawford’s contract before they end.
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      I was hoping the Lakers could make the playoffs this year and do well. Thomas could be a ball hog if healthty and a disgruntled bench player if not healthy enough to play all the minutes he will want. Which point guard will play with the first unit, Ball or Thomas?

      1. Sounds like Ball will start and they’re going to use Thomas as a gunner off the bench. They’re telling Thomas this is your opportunity to re-establish your value going into a Free-agent season. Everyone is giving the Lakers a great grade for the deal. I’m in the minority, but I don’t really want James. He’s going to be nearly 40 or 40 when the next contract would be over. A true shooting guard and a center. That’s George and Boogie to me. It’s okay of George isn’t a closer or a true #1 guy. Ingram, Kuzma, and Randle aren’t afraid to take shots either. Hart seems to be getting better every game too.

        Joc and Puig sitting together in the front row last night.

        1. Puig with lots of jewelry and a jacket and Joc in a T-shirt. Quite the contrast.
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          We agree on James. Too late in his career to get too attached to. Other than Utley or Chamberlain, few players coming to the Dodgers or Lakers have late in their careers have been fully accepted by me. Utley was a UCLA guy so he was easy to accept though.

  8. Chase is a special kinda ballplayer… I hope he sticks with the organization for the long-term.

    1. Matt Kemp was given Willie Crawford’s number back and Austin Barnes got Pedro Guerrero’s number. Koehler with Hershiser’s number(insert eyes rolling), and TT got Greinke’s number back.

  9. Per Dodger Blue:
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    The starting pitching market has largely been at a standstill this entire offseason, as many teams are waiting to see where the top arm, Yu Darvish, will land before turning to Plans B or C.
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    Despite pitchers and catchers set to report to Spring Training in less than a week, Darvish doesn’t seem to be in a rush to make his decision. He recently was said to have several five-year contract offers on the table.
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    Part of the reason Darvish has yet to sign with a team could be because of a desire to return to the Los Angeles Dodgers, who may be searching for ways to shed salary in order to re-sign Darvish while staying below the luxury tax threshold.
    .
    The price to sign Darvish will not be cheap, though, as according to Jon Heyman of Today’s Knucklebball, Darvish recently turned down a five-year, $110 million offer:
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    Darvish, who playfully hinted at interest with clever tweets only a couple weeks ago, has been thought to be getting closer to a deal in each of the preceding couple weeks, with none to be had. One team source suggested they offered $110 million over five years, and was surprised to be told “thanks, but no thanks.”
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    Darvish is believed to be looking for a contract in the neighborhood of the seven-year, $175 million contract that Stephen Strasburg recently signed with the Washington Nationals.

    1. Darvish isn’t going to get anywhere near Strasburg money. There was an article that edited it down to Cueto money which is closer. Milwaukee and Minnesota want him bad, but it’s obvious he doesn’t want to go there and I don’t blame him. Those teams will have to decide to push their chips in and offer him 6 years or 5 with an option that is likely obtainable. They can decide to be real players or be the Pittsburgh Pirates and not truly go for it. They will have to overpay in my opinion. There was an NY writer who suggested a uniquely structured deal that is front loaded but came to 6/120, but has opt-outs after years two and four. It is all about AAV right.

  10. In 2014, 14.6% of the 189 million people working in the United States were members of a union. 7.2 million employees in the public sector belonged to a union, compared with 7.4 million workers in the private sector. The union membership rate for public-sector workers (35.7 percent) was substantially higher than the rate for private-sector workers (6.6 percent).
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    Within the public sector, the union membership rate was highest for local government (41.9 percent), which includes employees in heavily unionized occupations, such as teachers, police officers, and firefighters. In the private sector, industries with high unionization rates included utilities (22.3 percent), transportation and warehousing (19.6 percent), telecommunications (14.8 percent), and construction (13.9 percent).

      1. Yep. Every union member in the country should have walked out. Oh well, I’m sure we’re walking down a political path not intended for this site.

        1. Hawkeye

          And I agree with you about JD.

          I don’t any team in our division to get him, and especially, the Dbacks!

  11. Let me tell you a couple of Union stories:

    In 1978, I moved from Ohio to Anderson, Indiana. Anderson was a GM town with about 15 Delco Remy and Guide Lamp plants. They employed about 35,000 workers. Many workers were barely literate and made $60K back then. I had a friend who was millwright and made over $100K a year. He worked third shift and had a mattress there. He slept from midnight until 6 AM every night (he usually worked 7 days) and had another full time job during the day where he made about 70K. That was in the late 1970’s!

    There was a small liquor store between two plants where workers streamed in and out all day and carried the liquor back to the plant. The union got so many concessions that you almost had to murder someone to be fired. Drunk? No problem! The union would save your job.

    Long story short – GM totally left Anderson. There are no more GM plants there. The union lost everything for those people.

    2nd story: Another friend had a plumbing company with about 60 employees who tried to unionize and he just closed the doors and went into real estate. They tried legal action and he just said “You can’t make me be a plumber.” He now has a successful real estate company.

    1. I’ve heard the mattress story before. Actually, from a friend in Indy. I’ve negotiated union contracts for our local Machinist union and I’ve sat on the other side of the table when I was promoted to management. It worked out nice because I was one of them and I knew where they were coming from and at the same time they didn’t see budget numbers and organizational expenses that I saw for the organization. . So, we were usually on the same page and working for the same goal. I realize that isn’t always the case and I can think of a union out of Des Moines that I can’t stand because of the how the head of that local treated my organization. He thought we had to kiss his ass for affiliation but had no problem asking us for favors. So, I know not all unions are perfect. However, you can put down a graph of the shrinking of the middle class and a graph of the shrinking of unions and they’re frighteningly similar.

      1. Hawkeye

        Anyone who knows the history of this country, knows there is a reason why we have unions today.

        Not all companies will treat their employees well.

        And when one side of this issue, has to much power, it is never good.

        That is why we need balance between both.

        And because alcoholism is considered a disease, that is probably why the union took that case.

        I was in a union, and I was in a car accident the night before, and I was in critical condition and in critical care, and I had my nurse call into my work, and tell them, I wouldn’t make it into work that day.

        So not everyone in a union take advantage of the fact, they are in a union.

        Because like I already said, you will find people like that, in every job, and every profession.

      2. I wish Unions would support the best interest of the team and less of the individual. Sometimes Unions need to help a member move on and prepare them to move on because that person makes everybody else’s job harder.

        1. Bum

          Teams have the power to do that, with trades.

          And I don’t think anyone in this situation in Baseball, are hurting much.

          And I don’t think we should compare them, to the everyday worker, in this country, that is just trying to get by.

          The reason the players have this much power, is because for a long time, the owners had all the power over the players.

          And now that the players have so much power, there will probably be an evening out, of this power, that brings more balance, between the owners, and the players.

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