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Friday, February 03, 2012
Anibal Sanchez Hearing

Today the Miami Marlins and Anibal Sanchez conducted their hearing, the third of this year. The arbitration panel included Elizabeth Neumeier (a veteran of salary arbitration with a 17-10 record in favor of the teams), James Oldham (3-1 record in favor of the teams after the Niemann decision today), and Gil Vernon. According to my research, Vernon was involved in a total of seven decisions from 1990-1992 when he served as the sole arbitrator. He decided four of the seven in favor of players. His panel decisions are 3-2 in favor of the teams. So, the panel decision in the Sanchez case will break a 6-6 tie for Vernon.

The difference between the parties is $1,100,000. The team offer is $6,900,000 while Sanchez requested $8,000,000.

This is the ninth hearing for the Marlins, and they have lost five of the eight previous decisions. They lost to Charles Johnson in 1998, Mark Redman in 2003, Miguel Cabrera in 2007, Dan Uggla in 2009, and Cody Ross in 2010. The Marlins defeated Vladimir Nunez in 2003, A.J. Burnett in 2003, and Kevin Gregg in 2007.

One historical note might be of interest to Sanchez and his representatives. If you check the list above against how long they stayed with the Marlins after their hearing, the trend is pretty clear. They did not wear a Marlins uniform for very long after the hearing. This is perhaps not that unusual because the decision to not settle and go to a hearing is often an indication that they team is thinking of going in a different direction with respect to that player in the near future.



Really appreciate you doing this each year. Your collective posts constitute a highly useful and informative research source. Keep up the good work!


Anonymous Rick Karcher -- 2/04/2012 8:56 AM  

I just read that Anibal Sanchez won his hearing. This is the first win for players this year. Although nearly all decision are announced within 24 hours as specified in the collective bargaining agreement, the announcement was put on hold over the weekend. The teams are leading 2-1, and there are a number of hearings set for this week.

Blogger Ed Edmonds -- 2/06/2012 10:21 AM  

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Blogger Ed Edmonds -- 2/07/2012 4:11 PM  

Thanks for the comment, and I really appreciate the students in the Tulane Fifth Annual National Baseball Arbitration Competition suggesting that team members read my article in the Marquette Sports Lawyers Journal. I also hope to continue to build the website that is linked from my page on the Notre Dame website. All of my team and arbitrator charts are posted on the website. The Notre Dame team just headed to New Orleans earlier this afternoon.

Blogger Ed Edmonds -- 2/07/2012 4:11 PM

Blogger Ed Edmonds -- 2/07/2012 4:35 PM  

My removed comment was replaced by the edited version above. I apologize for not proofreading my comment completely. The new comment fixed a typographical error and added more complete information about the competition.

Blogger Ed Edmonds -- 2/07/2012 4:38 PM  

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