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Morning Mound Visit: sabermetrics news - 1/24/19

MLB lobbying for another minimum wage exemption; the Padres’ diminishing debts; active players on track for the Hall

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred Discusses State Of Baseball At National Press Club Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images

Arizona Capitol Times | Ben Giles: You know how MLB lobbied for the Save America’s Pasttime Act to exempt minor leaguers from minimum wage laws? Well, that lobbying is spreading to states (I’m sure Florida will be next), where MLB is asking that Arizona approve a minimum wage exemption for spring training players. As player payout decreases at the top-line, I can’t think of anything more despicable than lobbying to make much of the one-month festivities in Arizona, that entertains a great deal of people for near-major league prices, a volunteer event.

FanGraphs | Craig Edwards: San Diego has dealt with a lot of losing, but the Padres may just turn that around. Now that their debt is nearly paid off from the 2012 purchase, and BAMTech and increasing revenues coming down the pipe with aspiring, high-end prospects, there could be a renaissance coming... if they open their wallets.

Bill James Online | John Dewan: We just watched some players getting inducted, so it’s interesting to think about current players who will one day get in. He mentions the obvious ones, like Albert Pujols, Miguel Cabrera, Mike Trout, and Joey Votto, and then more borderline characters like CC Sabathia, Yadier Molina, and Justin Verlander, who all three might get in as well.