Larry Dierker Chapter monthly meeting (Houston, TX)

The Larry Dierker Chapter will hold its next monthly meeting at 7 p.m. on Monday, January 20, 2020. It will be held at the Spaghetti Western Restaurant, 1608 Shepherd Drive in Houston, a few blocks south of I-10, the Katy Freeway. All baseball fans are welcome.

At our November meeting, former Astros GM Tal Smith outlined the structure and process of arbitration in preparation for the mock arbitration sessions scheduled for our January 2020 meeting. The arbitration process originated in the 1970s and Tal was actively involved in those negotiations for several years. Both club and player submit their desired dollar amounts in January. In the next 30 days, the matter may be settled by mutual agreement or it may proceed to the actual meeting of both sides with an arbitration team. Hearings are generally four hours or more with each side having time to present its case and each side having time for rebuttal. In the preparatory stage there’s an exchange of briefs and exhibits. Professional deportment is expected from all participants. The arbitrators listen to both sides, review the respective submissions and presentations, and usually render a binding decision for a one-year contract within 24 hours.

At our January meeting, chapter volunteers, representing both owners and players, will attempt to replicate the process. It should be both challenging and fun!

  • Player number one is George Springer, who is asking $24M while the team is offering 18.5M. Springer is represented by Mike McCroskey, Dick Bily, Tom Plemons, Wesley Story, John Lloyd and Robert Beck. The Astros have Greg Lucas, Bill Brown, Marsha Franty, and Gary Schulte working for the club.
  • The second player is Roberto Osuna, who is being offered $9M by the Astros per Bob McCann, Bob Dorrill, Larry Dierker, Chris Chestnut, and Tony Cavender. Osuna is asking $12.5M and is represented by Scott, McCay, Joe Thompson, Mike Vance, Sam Quintero, and Carl Ingrim. 

The gloves come off on January 20!

Come early and join us for some great Italian fare — or order when you get here at the meeting. Service is available through our time at the restaurant and, although ordering food is up to you, order something. We aren’t getting this great meeting space for free. If enough of us don’t order, no host restaurant is going to welcome us for long. So, bring your appetite and your wallet. The prices are very reasonable. And the food is bon appetit.

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