Good afternoon. I hope this finds you and yours healthy and safe during these troubling times.
You may or may not know who I am. For more than one decade, I’ve attempted to do right by the pre-1980 players who had more than 43 game days but less than four years of service credit in The Show. That’s important, because ever since the 1980 Memorial Day Weekend, all you’ve needed to be vested is 43 game days.
Tony Clark’s predecessor, the late Michael Weiner, saw the inherent problem with this situation and helped to partially remedy it. Since April 2011, these men have been receiving $625 for every 43 game days of service they accrued, up to $10,000.
Regrettably, however, when they each pass on, those payments are not passed on to their spouses or other designated beneficiaries.
It seems to me that, if the men who played prior to the establishment of the players’ pension fund, in April 1947, were each given $10,000, the least you can do is include a codicil in the CBA to give the pre-1980 ballplayers that same $10,000. And, so it won’t be a financial hardship to their widows, permit that payment to continue to be passed on to their survivors for a finite time.
With only 622 of these pre-1980 ballplayers remaining, I’m sure no current player is going to miss $6.22 million. It is a drop in the bucket in the economy of the national pastime. And, if I may make this observation, it would win the union and the league the kind of publicity that both Mr. Clark and Commissioner Manfred both need now.
I also want to call your attention to the 2016 agreement that neglected to provide cost-of-living adjustments to more than 700 current pensioners. Why was this cohort excluded from receiving them?
I hope you, Mr. Meyer, will reply to me at your earliest convenience. M. Clark and Mr. Rogers have not, to date, ever done so, but I’m hoping that you’ll be a breath of fresh air.
With kindest personal regards, I remain,