SANTO DOMINGO.- Before cameras, recorders and reporters Sandy Alderson is the perfect diplomat who calls himself an organizer and corrector of the unruly development of a system of players, and only seeks to change the negative perception, while denying that Major League Baseball seeks to the eliminate labor terms, lower bonuses and a reduction of investments.
But for the scouts of MLB teams which met with him for five hours yesterday and for those who work independently their uncertainty grows, as Alderson details the unilateral measures they’ve decided to take.
Meanwhile outside the hotel Embajador where he’s lodged more than 800 prospects and their coaches shouted "not to the draft" in the heat of Caribbean sun prompting more than 20 Police agents to take action.
Several scouts quoted by news source diariolibre.com under the condition of anonymity affirmed that Alderson’s proposals will reduce the signing of players in the short term and threaten to eliminate the Summer League.
“If everything which has been proposed is implemented it will not make sense to have academies (farm teams) here; the teams will have to dismiss the scouts we have, that five players will be signed per organization and what sense does it make to have an academy open when you can take those boys to the United States," one of the scouts said.
In the meeting and one local scout who reportedly questioned the effectiveness of the proposals was admonished by Alderson, and chose to leave the gathering.
Alderson, designated by MLB last month to correct the problems of alteration of age, steroid use and the theft of money from the prospects, said the force of the protests surprised him, "but I am not going to simply respond to neither demonstrations nor accusations in the press."
"We had thought about buying lunch for the players,” (he was told there were a few) Alderson said jokingly of the protest.