Kelly Candaele, writer for the Nation Magazine spoke with America’s Work Force on Oct. 28 to discuss an article he co-wrote called “Moneyball Bites Back”.
Candaele’s article talked about how Major League Baseball player’s pay is evaluated and decided by using analytics to value a player’s current and projected talent. Candaele said that some players get cheated out of a better contract because the MLB algorithm that projects how a player’s talent will increase or decrease as the years go on does not account for slumps, or breakout seasons. Candaele said that owners are looking for the best way to turn player talent into profits, and with new access to different statistics, such as spin rates on pitches, launch angles, chase rate, and more, baseball has become even more of a “numbers” game. Lastly, he talked about the MLB player’s union and the impact they have made over the last couple of years.
Greg Regan, secretary-treasurer of the Transportation Trades Department of the AFL-CIO spoke about ride hailing jobs. He talked about how in certain major cities, ride hailing jobs have been subsidized to cut public transportation costs. Regan then talked about how the ultimate goal of Uber and Lyft was to cut down congestion on the roads and improve air quality, but many drivers have frequently been driving with no passengers, just taking up more space on the road.
AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about the end of the General Motors United Auto Workers strike and the contract that they came to agree on.