Ben Sheets Work Comp Case

Free agent Ben Sheets is hurt and has a torn flexor tendon origin at the elbow. The injury happened last August, he tried to play thru the injury and his last Brewer appearance was 2.1 IP against the Cubs on Sept 27th. Missing the playoffs after 8 seasons as the Brewer ace plus being in a free agent year must have been nearly as painful as his elbow. Yet circumstances of impending free agency may have created some controversy as to who is responsible to pay for treatment of Sheets elbow malady. After all, if Sheets was still under contract with the Brewers and if they thought his injury needed surgery,  wouldn't he have already undergone the surgery that is now proposed for him? The Brewers did offer Sheets arbitration, which he declined and no surgical decision was made as his season ended nor at the time he declined arbitration. This implies that the Brewers medical staff didn't think his elbow needed surgery and would heal with rest. So in looking for a new employer, the Texas Rangers were readying a 2 year deal when Sheets physical exam (functionally a second opinion) set off alarms.

From the above article:

Talks between the Rangers and Sheets reached an impasse within the past several days, according to a person with knowledge of the discussions. The two sides were close to agreement on a two-year deal, according to a major-league source, but they already had concerns regarding the right-handers' checkered health history. It is believed that the physical examination revealed the tear and caused the Rangers to scotch the deal.

The surgery, to repair Sheets' partially torn flexor tendon, is expected to be performed by noted orthopedist Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala. Sheets' agent, Casey Close, could not be reached for comment, but sources say that he maintains Milwaukee should pay for the surgery since the injury stems from his time with the Brewers. While that dispute is resolved, Sheets now hopes to have the surgery next week, sources say.

Brewers assistant GM, Gord Ash in an mlb.com article added:

We're working our way through all of the details and we don't know the answer yet," Ash said. "Major League Baseball has regulations related to workers' comp and there are procedures and protocols that have to be respected. We're working our way through those so I can't give you much insight other than that.

I always wondered if pro baseball players who get injured are covered under workman's compensation? 

Just from reading the sports pages, I always thought the teams had some form of high end medical insurance for their players. Teams often have contractural arrangements with university specialists to provide medical services. The Cubs have long used physicians affiliated with Northwestern University dating back to the 1950's and my first ortho recollections were of Dr. Clinton Compere (who was the Cubs team doctor in the 60's and 70's). The Astro's have an affiliation with Baylor University, the Cardinals with Washington University. The Brewers team orthopedic surgeon, who has treated Ben Sheets over the years is Dr. William Raasch and is affiliated witht the Medical College of Wisconsin.  Major leaguers receive premium treatment including first and second  opinions from very illustrious orthopedic surgeons, internists, and other medical/surgical specialists.  Any minor boo-boo usually gets an MRI (which can run $600-$3500). I understand that millions of dollars are on the line for these ballclubs if one of their players is injured enough to be "disabled". Two weeks just to rest. Six weeks to let a fracture heal. 4-6 months for a surgical procedure that if sucessful often needs an offseason to expect full recovery. When Alphonso Soriano missed about 6 weeks of a 26 week season with a fractured 4th metacarpal bone, that meant the Cubs lost $3 million dollars of value (Soriano got $13M last season). It's no wonder that they don't get generic treatment. No waiting weeks for HMO authorization for these guys.

But what happens if the ballplayer is no longer employed by any team (and their relationship is strained)?

In Sheets case, there is clear documentation that he did sustain this injury in August and he followed the Brewers medical advice. An injury so late in the season often gets nursed along until it's clear he could no longer pitch. If surgery is recommended, it's usually done soon,  so that recovery is possible hopefully into the next season. If surgery isn't recommended then the injury is rehabbed with intent the player will be ready by next season. Even if surgical treatment isn't decided upon for several months (until non-surgical treatment has supposedly failed), as long as he was injured under the Brewer's employment, I believe he should be covered by Work Comp. Just because nonsurgical treatment has failed doesn't mean he's on his own after the employee's contract expired, as long as the injury history is clearly documented as work related.

Are there other examples of injured players who have contracts that expired and were released or granted free agency?

One example that I recalled was former Cub Jon Lieber. He injured his ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching elbow while with the Cubs during the 2002 season.  He underwent "Tommy John" ligament reconstruction that season, knowing he would be in postop rehab mode for 2003. By November he was granted free agency,  although Cubs GM Jim Hendry negotiated to re-sign Lieber, the Yankees offered a more creative contract. The Yankees gave Lieber a $500K signing bonus, $300K minimum for 2003 (and bonuses if he did get off the DL in 2003) then $2.45M salary for 2004 with up to $4.75 in bonuses based on starts and innings. There was also an $8M option for 2005 with a $250K buyout (the Yankees did exercise the buyout of the 2005 deal and Lieber then went to the Phils). Lieber didn't pitch in 2003 and in 2004 for NY went 14-8 with a 4.33 ERA  in 176 IP plus going 3-3 in the postseason. So he got a contract paying him  for his year of rehab and the promise of returning as a solid starter, even when his free agent year was following his surgery. 

Ryan Dempster's story is well chronicled here. He too had Tommy John surgery on his pitching elbow in 2003, ending a short career as a Cincy Redleg when he was released in Nov 2003. Jim Hendry, possibly learning from his role on the other side of the Lieber experience signed Dempster in January 2004 for $300K, knowing he would be rehabbing at least half the season.  In 2004, Dempster only pitched 20 innings but showed enough promise at season end that Hendry re-upped Dempster as a reliever for 2005 at $2M. 33 saves later, Dempster parlayed the next 3 seasons into a 3/15 contract and we all know last season's return for him as a starter has led to an even more lucrative 4/52 deal.

This history shows that Ben Sheets, even if he misses all of 2009 just might get a new contract from someone who wants to roll the injury dice for 2010. Sheets is a bit different in that his history is littered with many other injury/illness issues including shoulder, low back strains, dizziness from inner ear infection, pitching finger blisters and a torn latissimus dorsi (posterior trunk) muscle. The allure of getting a potential ace is a strong one, especially if he goes the Dempster 2003-4 contract route. Baseball and America's economics will hopefully be improved by then. Maybe it's time Sheets has a heart to heart talk with Ryan Dempster. We all know Jim Hendry has a soft spot in his heart for rehabbing free agent pitchers. So maybe Big Ben will be looking at a Cub contract down the road.

To research what is going on regarding insurance for mlb ballplayers and the role of workman's comp,  I went to the MLBPA collective bargaining agreement dated 11-07 (and good thru 12-11-11):

Article IX (E): Injury.

If a Player’s Contract is terminated by a Club by reason of the Player’s failure to render his services due to a disability resulting directly from injury sustained in the course and within the scope of his employment under the Contract, and notice is received by the Club in accordance with Regulation 2 of the Uniform Player’s Contract, the Player shall be entitled to receive from the Club the unpaid balance of the full salary for the year in which the injury was sustained, less all workers’com- pensation payments received by the Player as compensation for loss of income for the specific period for which the Club is compensating him in full.

Also medical care guidelines are discussed in Article XIII: Safety and Health. This is longer but includes definitions of the disabled list, second medical opinions that the club is required to pay for including transportation and hotel costs. Ballclubs are required to provide a listing of at least two medical specialists per specialty in several different geographic regions that players can request for a second opinion. Clubs are required to employ two full time trainers and they get to travel with the club unless one is required to stay behind to tend to a disabled player who isn't traveling with the club.

Workman's compensation is usually a part of liability insurance that many/most companies purchase. It's legislated and differs state by state except for federal employees who get federal work comp. I've looked briefly at Wisconsin work comp regulations and they also have a Uninsured Employers Fund (UEF) that protects injured employees when the employer doesn't have coverage.

So workman's comp is a part of the major league player's association
collective bargaining agreement. Still, I think it's not the same
situation for Mr. Ike B. Ironworker, when he injures his elbow at work. I'm sure even in MLB workmans comp cases, the athlete still gets treated on the fast track. I don't recommend you test the system to find out how it differs. I'd be shocked if Mr. I. B. Ironworker is also sitting with Ben Sheets in Dr. Andrews waiting room.

 

 

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all that medical crap and detailed multi-subject research...yawn.

tell us more about I.B. Ironworker!

nice one.

AFLAC! ?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aGuCFE2AO-4

the link is courtesy of little cubster

Fantastic.

Hopefully Sheets does have this, Washington:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O-EZf56AfYc

http://www.star-telegram.com/284/story/1188371.html

The agreement that was reached in the middle of last week was for two years and reportedly would have guaranteed the 30-year-old pitcher more than $10 million. The Rangers had added incentive clauses that would have compensated Sheets handsomely for remaining healthy.

According to Daniels, "Ben and his agent expressed a desire to wait until his medical situation is resolved, and once it is, there is the possibility that we can revisit things. They know our interest in him."

Some baseball players prefer to rehab from injury as part of a team.

A major league team has facilities and a support environment that a player is likely not to find at the local gym.
Sheets owns a home in the Highland Park area of Dallas.

Close and the pitcher, however, could also opt for Sheets to rehab from surgery on his own and wait until he’s ready to pitch in mid-August or September to sign a contract.

That picture of Ben Sheets looks like a combination of a poor man's Mark DeRosa and the bad guy from Men In Black that wore overalls and had bugs all over him.

Plus! How Hendry got rolled into throwing Cedeno into a trade that probably could have been made even up.

http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/baseball/399030_thie...

That article was extremely hard to follow, but here's what I took from it:

- Heilman was "disappointed" because he felt he was in a good position to be a starter in Seattle. Now, he doesn't know what to expect in Chicago. Being forced to change jobs from one you think will be a good fit to one where you aren't sure what to expect has to be difficult. Here's the quote, "He thought it would be a great opportunity to start, and didn't know what would happen in Chicago." So, maybe "disappointed" is a less accurate term than "apprehensive".

- Nowhere does it remotely imply that Hendrey could have traded Olson straight up for Heilman. The M's wanted an MLB-quality backup infielder to push their starters, and out-of-options Cedeno fits that description.

Their GM was quoted as saying the deal worked out great for them, and I'm sure Hendry would say the same thing from the Cubs' perspective.

It does make you wonder if Hendry could have taken back another bargaining chip for Cedeno, even if a only a mid-level prospect.

This was probably the first serious negotiation between Hendry and Zduriencik as GM's, and will set the tone for future negotiations. Hendry is trying to win a WS, and is willing to pay retail for a player he really wants. The Mariners are a train wreck, and Zduriencik has the luxury of being the new GM who can take some time and make only those deals that favor him.

$750,000/1 year

Just two years ago our man Hendry signed him to a performance contract that topped out at $17.5 million if all conditions were met. (http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=2738583)

The Pads DFA'd former #1 draft choice (the draft choice from HELL!) Matt Bush to make room for Floyd on the roster.

Just two years ago our man Hendry signed him to a performance contract that topped out at $17.5 million if all conditions were met.

Not sure what your point is... he DIDN'T meet those conditions, so didn't get paid that kind of cash.

If he HAD met those conditions, he would have been clearly worth the money.

Exactly. That's the kind of contract Hendry should be applauded for. Basically no risk to the Cubs (unlike the exact opposite version where he gives out player's options like mini-Snickers on Halloween).

I don't understand why teams aren't allowed to base performance incentives on actual statistics. Every other job that gives bonuses bases them on measurable performance, but GMs aren't allowed to do that in baseball. Games-played is obviously not nearly as good a performance measurement as something like OPS would be.

Shhhhh....don't let logic interfere for ol' Navigator. Just as easy to make shit up!

I am waiting for our navigator to bring up Sammy Sosa's contract.

Oh, Navigator, please lead us through these dark and dreary seas with your uncanny foresight and knowledge of the shoals known as vesting contracts!

on a evil parallel universe note...

Rangers re-sign pitcher Jason Jennings to a minor league deal.

http://blogs.denverpost.com/rockies/2009/02/06/jas...

The worst case scenerio unfolded for Jennings who had a nearly identical injury that Sheets has. Jennings is a former Rockie who the Astros got in trade and he was worthless/injured in Houston. Jennings has had two flexor repairs including 8-31-07 as an Astro. He signed a one year contract as a free agent to join Texas in Jan 08 for $4M but never recovered so a repeat (revision) procedure was done on 5-30-08.

Here is the sad Jason Jennings chronology:

http://www.kffl.com/player/4813/MLB

There are others who've had better recovery from flexor origin repair surgery including Andy Pettitte and Billy Wagner. But Sheets return as an ace is certainly guarded.

His point is that he wants to bash Hendry at any opportunity.

I guess I read that article differently in that nowhere does it really imply that it could've been Olson for Heilman straight-up. The phrase "almost equivalent" pitching doesn't mean that's how the deal would've gone done.

CUBSTER: I know that Cubs minor leaguers receive worker's comp payments when they are on the DL, but then most of them make only about $1,000 - $2,000 a month. I don't know how much worker's comp covers when it involves an MLB player making $2M a month, though.

Can confirm this, as well. It does indeed fall under workman's comp in both minor and independent leagues. We received our entire salary, but as AZ Phil says, that ain't much.

Still a pain in the ass to file all these stupid forms EVERY SINGLE TIME you went on the freaking DL.

Mark Prior has to hire a private assistant to fill out his paperwork.

Stark talks a bit about Juan Cruz having difficulty finding a team because nobody wants to give up a 1st (or 2nd) round pick to sign him.

In my opinion, here is how the MLB Free-Agent compensation system should be tweaked come nexr CBA...

For any club losing a Type "A" FA after offering arbitration to the player, the club gets a supplemental 1st round pick (so-called "sandwich" pick) between the 1st and 2nd round just like they do now, but instead of getting the signing team's 1st or 2nd round pick, the club losing the Type "A" gets a pick in the middle of the 1st round. So clubs picking overall 1-15 make their selections, and then the draft order is interrupted in the middle of the 1st round, allowing clubs losing Type "A" Free-Agents to make their selections (starting with overall pick #16 and until all clubs losing a Type "A" make their selection). That way, the club that signs the Type "A" FA doesn't lose a pick, and the club that loses the Type "A" guy always gets an extra pick in the middle of the 1st round.

I would also change the Rule 5 Draft rules, so that a player selected in the Rule 5 Draft does not have to spend the season on the 25-man roster. Rather, the Rule 5 pick would have to be kept on the drafting club's 40-man roster for a full calendar year (can't be traded, outrighted to the minors, released, or non-tendered until after the next Rule 5 Draft), but the player can be optioned to the minors, just like any other player on the 40-man roster.

Here's MY proposal:

Who the crap would give up a #1 for Juan Cruz?

What? That's not a proposal? That's what she said.

My suggestion...

AZ Phil to replace Bud Selig!

"His point is that he wants to bash Hendry at any opportunity."

His other point is to bash Wilken at every opportunity. Oh yeah - the farm system sucks because of Wilken as well.

Agreed."fire Teflon Tim"! He's had two drafts already. That's enough godammit!

And then, of course...silence as the Navigator goes back to sleep.

http://www.comingsoon.net/news/movienews.php?id=52599

Jonah Hill will play the Jeremy Brown role

Then, it's settled. I am DEFINITELY not seeing that movie.

Somebody's being funny, yes?

i like and collect baseball movies, but wow...this one sounds like a lot of money being thrown at something with limited interest.

btw, not enough people have seen Cobb...craaaaaaazy flick. tommy lee jones...took in just over 1 million at the boxoffice...not profit...total.

there's no single movie out of the ones i have that are "just awesome!" but there's a lot of fun ones out there.

well, Battlefield Baseball is kinda awesome...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2eKQFkC4Yr0

words will never fully describe how awesome that clip was....I feel a new TCR meme on its way...

"Cobb" was kind of terrible, which was why no one saw it. I didn't realize Ron Shelton directed it, of course he directed "Hollywood Homicide" as well...

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0109450/

they'll make Moneyball commercially attractive when they make put Angelina Jolie as the love interest of Billy Beane.

speaking of Shelton, appears he has a writing gig to adapt "Game of Shadows' for a televison movie, talk about a one trick pony.

Studio Exec1 : We've got a baseball movie, who do we call?

Studio Exec 2: How about Ron Shelton? Bull Durham was huge...

Studio Exec 1: Done and done.

hahah rock.

aww...i loved TLJ in Cobb...didn't like robert wuhl, but TLJ nailed his part.

i just think more people would enjoy it than have actually seen it, but it is a little intense at points. the filmmakers wanna make damn sure you know Cobb was balls-to-the-wall his whole life for better or worse.

since i've ventured into the territory...anyone know of a rare/overlooked (non documentary) baseball movie to recommend?

to save a little time i'll go ahead and list what i have that some consider harder to find than the "usual" slew of baseball films we all know...keep in mind i'm not saying these are all great, but i find most good...

Cobb, Rawhide(1938, Lou Gehrig co-stars...not much film of him out there), The Bingo Long Traveling Allstars, Mr. Baseball, Fear Strikes Out, It Happens Every Spring, and Battlefield Baseball...and those "other" Bad News Bears films, though I don't have them all yet.

You should check this site out:

http://www.bostonbaseball.com/baseball_movies/

nuff said..thanks.

What I like about this site is the blunt descriptions that always help me know if I want to watch it or not. For example:

"Little Leaguers head to Asia in this second sequel. This was not very popular, and is appealing only to "Bears" obsessives."

I'd go with "The Fan", "The Babe" (with John Goodman), "Summer Catch" and "The Kid from Left Field"... you won't regret it

http://www.insidesocal.com/dodgers/2009/02/its-a-o...

one year deal, Tom Gordon to Dbacks as well....

Leigh Montville's Ted Williams biography is a must-adapt. Not sure who the hell could play him, though.

"After all, if Sheets was still under contract with the Brewers and if they thought his injury needed surgery, wouldn't he have already undergone the surgery that is now proposed for him?"

I have two words to say about that:

3/44

Rogers just makes this shit up. He says the Astros are going hoping to sneak up on the Cubs and that they "might improve its chances of success if it signs Adam Dunn to a one-year deal before camp starts." He says nothing about hearing anything about that actually happening.

A Lee-Pence-Dunn outfield? I say go for it.

A Lee-Pence-Dunn outfield? I say go for it.
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What is that? Phil Rogers issuing a death threat against Pence?

Hill says it's not the Yips.
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from Roch Kubatko, MASN (http://masnsports.com/2009/02/hill-locating-home-p...):

Hill relates his inability to throw strikes with a lower-back injury suffered in the middle of spring training that caused him to alter his delivery while seeking a method that would ease the discomfort.

Hill said the injury, to a "little joint" in his back, often occurs when attempting to lift something heavy.

"I tried to compensate so I could compete," he said. "It kept building and building, and every start it would get worse and worse.

"I blame myself for continuing on and trying to fight through it."

Hill said he also had some tendinitis issues in his shoulder while pitching in Venezuela, "but that's long gone now."

What Happens in Wrigleyville...Lilly/ARam: http://tinyurl.com/dhhers

Blueprint for Heavens Ballpark...Lou/Riot: http://tinyurl.com/dbrka3

The Reason You Put Up with Winter...DLee & Z: http://tinyurl.com/d6chhj

Meetings with a Sunburn...Soto/Soriano: http://tinyurl.com/bupbx7

2 hr 47 min Vacation...Demp/ARam: http://tinyurl.com/arrwxk

Mysterious 24 hr Flu...Demp/Soto: http://tinyurl.com/d5z5rg

Working from Home Today...Sori/Marmol: http://tinyurl.com/ce3m7q

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2009/baseball/mlb...

ARod tested positive for steroids in 2003.

Rodriguez's name appears on a list of 104 players who tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs in Major League Baseball's '03 survey testing, SI's sources say.

When approached by an SI reporter on Thursday at a gym in Miami, Rodriguez declined to discuss his 2003 test results. "You'll have to talk to the union," said Rodriguez, the Yankees' third baseman since his trade to New York in February 2004. When asked if there was an explanation for his positive test, he said, "I'm not saying anything."

Primobolan, which is also known by the chemical name methenolone, is an injected or orally administered drug that is more expensive than most steroids.

According to a search of FDA records, Primobolan is not an approved prescription drug in the United States, nor was it in 2003.

Rodriguez finished the 2003 season by winning his third straight league home run title (with 47) and the first of his three MVP awards.
Because more than 5% of big leaguers had tested positive in 2003, baseball instituted a mandatory random-testing program, with penalties, in '04.

Submitted by crunch on Fri, 02/06/2009 - 9:51pm.

ince i've ventured into the territory...anyone know of a rare/overlooked (non documentary) baseball movie to recommend?

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CRUNCH:

AZ PHIL's FAVORITE CLASSIC BASEBALL GOLDEN OLDIES (B&W):

chronological

Alibi Ike (1935) - Starring Joe E. Brown & Olivia de Havilland, story by the great  sportswriter Ring Lardner of Black Sox fame... Egomaniac big-mouth Joe E. is hired to pitch the Cubs to the pennant... BTW, Joe E's son Joe L. was GM of the Pirates in the 1960's...

Pride of the Yankees (1942)  - Directed by Sam Wood and starring Gary Cooper, Teresa Wright, Walter Brennan, Babe Ruth, and a bunch of the real Yankees... Was released during WWII and it could just as easily have been a Frank Capra film... Nominated for ten friggin' Academy Awards including Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Music, and Best Cinematograhy, this one is way more than a biopic of Lou Gehrig, it's just a great film... my two favorite lines are when Lou gets called up to the big leagues, and Ma & Pa Gehrig are sitting in the upper deck at Yankee Stadium and Ma Gehrig looks around perplexed and says (shaking her head) "So many people with nothing to do...", and the other is when rookie Gehrig gets hit in the head with a thrown ball in his first game after replacing Wally Pipp, and Yankees manager Miller Huggins runs out to see if he's OK, and says (laughing) "What do we have to do, kill you to get you out of the lineup?")

It Happens Every Spring (1949) - Starring Ray Milland as the nerdy college professor, Howard Hughes main squeeze Jean Peters as the love interest, and Paul Douglas as the St. Louis Browns veteran catcher...Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Story & Screenplay,.. I have this back-to-back on an old video tape with Kerry Wood's 20 K performance...  

The Stratton Story (1949) - Like Pride of the Yankees, this one was directed by Sam Wood... Stars Jimmy Stewart and June Allyson, this is a biopic of White Sox pitcher Monty Stratton, who lost a leg in a hunting accident and then came back to pitch again. This film won an Academy Award for Best Screenplay.

Angels in the Outfield (1951) - This far more-subtle and charming original MGM version of Angels stars Paul Douglas, Janet Leigh, Bruce Bennett playing Jon Lieber, and the guy who later played Grizzly Adams when he was very young as one of the Pirates players, with cameos by Pirates owner Bing Crosby out on the golf course and a lovable old smilin' Ty Cobb... Nominated for Best Story & Screenplay Academy Award... I really like Paul Douglas's performance as manager Guffy McGovern.... Douglas was a genuine baseball fan (he also played the catcher in It Happens Every Spring), and he supposedly based his character Guffy McGovern on Leo Durocher, who was good friends with Douglas and most of the cast... It helps to know that when this film was made, the Pittsburgh Pirates were THE worst team in baseball.... The last scene at supposedly deserted Forbes Field always makes me cry...

BTW, all of these films can be watched with kids and/or females.

Az Phil...you're list nails the top 5 for me. I've gotta rent Alibi Ike this weekend.

As a kid I always been fond of Paul Douglas because of Angels and It Happens every Spring

still although it's been hollywood-ized from the original book, I still love watching The Natural. Particularly the scene when Hobbs is in the women's hospital with his stomach ulcer and says: "God I Love Baseball"

thanks everyone for the suggestions on films.

Alibi Ike by Ring Lardner on the internet (black & white...too, aka, print)

http://www.classicreader.com/book/748/1/

I have seen it both ways, workers comp. (which in my opinion it should be) and regular insurance. I'm pretty sure the players union wants to keep it regular insurance in most cases. For instance in the state of Illinois, if you are off of work from a WC claim, you receive 66% of your salary tax free. So if you are on the DL, do you only make 66% of your pay check? I guess though for most players that might be a deal, if it is tax free. What happens for treatment in the off-season? You're not off work, but the injury did appear at work.

"So if you are on the DL, do you only make 66% of your pay check?"

I think they make their whole salary. I would imagine that the club could go through workers comp and only pay 66% as you say, but that'd be in bad taste I think, and would limit the ability for that club to get players in the future.

I think Sheets case is interesting because he's now a FA and not under anyones contract, so who would pay? I'd assume the Brew Crew because he was injured while under contract with them. But since he's no longer, and doesn't appear to be in the future, under contract with the Brewers, they're willing to burn that bridge and go through workers comp and pay him 66%.

"So if you are on the DL, do you only make 66% of your pay check?"

In Illinois Worker's Comp, the 66% has a weekly maximum and the ceiling is pretty low -- less than $400 a week maximum back when I last was handling these cases in 1998. It only goes up s-l-o-w-l-y every year, so I'm pretty sure it's not much higher now. I can find out what the maximum TTD (Temporary Total Disability) rate is now, if anyone is interested. Needless to say, Worker's Comp. temporary disability payments are SO LOW it would not be at all attractive to a major league ballplayer. A joke, really.

Turner Classic Movie channel (TCM)

on Feb 28th, starting around noon...they are showing the following (sequentially):
The Stratton Story
It Happens Every Spring
Bang the Drum Slowly
The Natural

on April 9th, 7:45AM:
Alibi Ike

also some football/boxing classics on 2/28

http://www.tcm.com/index.jsp (then click on month schedule)

don't see a march/april full schedule but it's worth checking out when the are posted (got Alibi Ike by seaching for it specifically)

neat.

never seen the stratton story...own the rest.

There's Long Gone, an HBO film from maybe 1987 (?), with William Petersen and Virginia Madsen as the subtly named Dixie Lee Boxx...

"Now batting for the Tampico Stogies...Jose Brown..."

Goo dmovie....very funny in parts.

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