Talk:Major League Baseball draft

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Requesed move[edit]

The following discussion is an archived debate of the proposal. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section on the talk page. No further edits should be made to this section.

The result of the debate was PAGE NOT MOVED -- as there was no consensus for the move per discussion below. --Philip Baird Shearer 14:50, 21 February 2007 (UTC)

I'm considering moving Major League Baseball Draft, but I want to see if anyone has a reason I shouldn't. My problem is that this isn't the title of the event, and never has been. I'd like to move the article to First-Year Player Draft, since that's the official title (I don't think there's any reason to add "baseball" or "MLB" qualifier, since the name is unique as it is). I also think the current title is a problem because MLB has multiple drafts, and it could just as easily refer to the Rule 5 Draft. I realize the page has just been moved here, and that I'd be creating a redirect nightmare, but I'd be willing do take on fixing that in order to have the article in the right place. Thoughts? --djrobgordon 05:49, 26 January 2007 (UTC)

I just officially proposed this move, so if anyone objects, speak now. --Djrobgordon 22:11, 14 February 2007 (UTC)
Mild oppose. Doesn't seem to be any crying need for a change, and maybe there is a better choice. This is what most people think of when they think of the baseball draft; it is the "Rule 5" draft that is always identified as such, not just "baseball draft". The proposed new name does not identify the sport, and people looking at just the article name aren't going to know which of many possible sports uses in its own jargon that terminology, since many other sports also draft "first-year players". This is a different situation from "Rule 5 Draft" where nobody will be confused; everyone won't know it is baseball, but nobody is going to assume it is something else. Gene Nygaard 17:05, 16 February 2007 (UTC)
Those are all good reasons to keep this as a redirect page, but the article should still exist under its proper title. Baseball World Series exists as a redirect to World Series because its a possible search term for someone attempting to differentiate it from, say, the World Series of Poker or the World Series of Darts. However, it wouldn't be appropriate to have the article under that more descriptive but incorrect title.
As for whether or not the name could refer to other drafts, I'd argue that it's an accurate description of them, but that this is the only event with that name. Or to be anal about it, First-year player draft can refer to any number of drafts, while First-Year Player Draftcannot. For the record, the NFL Draft and NBA Draft go by those names. The NHL's version is called the NHL Entry Draft. Any confusion as to what sport is being discussed should be cleared up by the fact that the word "baseball" appears in the first sentence of the intro.
I'm not very familiar with pro sports outside of North America. If you can point to a major sports league somewhere else with an identically title draft, I could see moving this article to First-Year Player Draft (baseball), but otherwise I would still support the current proposal. Rather than looking for a compelling reason to move the article, I think there should be a compelling reason to have the article title be a description of the event, rather than its actual name. Djrobgordon 20:14, 16 February 2007 (UTC)

Weak oppose. I'm not very familiar with MLB's draft system, but it seems like the draft that this article talks about is usually called "the draft", and when it's necessary to distinguish it from the Rule 5 draft, it's called "the amateur draft." Its official name is the First-Year Player Draft, and that's what articles on mlb.com call it, but the rest of the press doesn't use this name very often, as far as I can tell. Since articles are named for common use rather than official title, I don't see a strong reason to move the article. --Akhilleus (talk) 06:02, 19 February 2007 (UTC)

Secondary phase request[edit]

I'm wondering if someone with more knowledge of the draft could add some information on the so-called "secondary phase" drafts that took place during the '70s and '80s. I'm working on the page for Pete Redfern, who was the first pick in the 1976 secondary phase, and don't know where I should direct the link. -Dewelar (talk) 20:21, 25 August 2008 (UTC)

Primary source request[edit]

Would it be possible to post a link to whatever MLB page might contain the official rules for the first-year player draft? MikeLHenderson (talk) 18:44, 19 January 2009 (UTC)

Name change?[edit]

Someone moved this page to its current location with the lower case "draft" without discussion. The page was properly capitalized before. "Major League Baseball Draft" is actually the name of an event and thus each word should be capitalized. Spanneraol (talk) 16:15, 29 September 2014 (UTC)

Competitive Balance Picks[edit]

I just noticed there's no mention of the new Competitive Balance picks from the current CBA and the clubs' capacity to trade them. The page really has a number of issues, but I think it's the most glaring factual one at this point. I can try to write it up if there isn't someone who is overly eager to do so. Xsturmin8 (talk) 00:47, 21 July 2015 (UTC)