He said, "Anyone who doesn't want to play can leave now." The only way to replace him, when there were 26 teams, presuming the 26 shortstops are the best 26, the only option is to get the 27th-best shortstop. [Angels owner] Jackie Autry told me, "Don't make the announcement, they'll blame you." I think I would have hit .400.". March 31, 1995: After 232 days, the strike ends when a future Supreme Court justice, Judge Sonia Sotomayor, issues an injunction against the owners, saying they had illegally eliminated free agency and salary arbitration.

When I left the game, we had revenues of 11-12 billion [dollars], unprecedented in the sport, and as much as they [the union] fought revenue sharing, without revenue sharing, you are nowhere today. It was only the second time in MLB history that a World Series was not played in a given season (the first being in 1904). After the strike, they broke up that team just because of money.

I was happy because he was on my team. I asked Larkin, "Why does Tony always get those hits that bounce through the infield when everyone else seems to be out?" The biggest thing for us, as kids, was we didn't understand the difference between the players and the owners, it was, "Why would they lock out? Left-handers, righties. I have great sympathy for Tony's situation [Tony Clark, current executive director of the MLBPA].
At New York’s Shea Stadium, three men wearing T-shirts emblazoned with the word “Greed” snuck on the field and tossed $160 worth of $1 bills at the players’ feet. With the deadline of a proposed July 4 re-start looming and a mid-June “spring training” still unscheduled, the owners and players continue to bicker. He told us, "OK, I'm going to make it easy for you. Clay Helton won’t say it, but USC’s starters on offensive line appear to be set. In an email obtained by The Associated Press, Boras wrote to his clients: “Remember, games cannot be played without you. There wasn't sadness for me. All of the big guns in the sport -- the [Cal] Ripkens, the [Dave] Winfields, the [Eddie] Murrays, the [Kirby] Pucketts, the [Orel] Hershisers -- they were really, really solid.

The White House conversation with Lesley Stahl is leaked unedited before Sunday’s broadcast. What happened: This one still makes baseball fans sick to their stomachs. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. I just remember being really sad about that.

If they allow a combination of attacks and low thresholds to operate as a salary cap, they got unwittingly, through the back door, a salary cap -- a salary cap by a different name. It's no different than the Germans and the Japanese saying, "We gave you the United Nations. That was an invincible team. ORZA: The owners did something, and the union will admit to this: We agreed that this [luxury] tax that we agree to cannot act as a salary cap. If they pitched him away, he would hit a bullet to left field. The 1994–95 Major League Baseball strike was the eighth work stoppage in baseball history, as well as the fourth in-season work stoppage in 22 years. I went to a union meeting at a hotel that spring. The owners determined a cap was necessary to slow escalating player salaries. A wonderful season was lost -- including the first World Series cancellation in 90 years -- mostly due to the threat of a salary cap. I love the game. The return: two big leaguers and five marginal prospects. Anyone who knows me knows whatever I do, I'm going to do it to the best of my abilities. The players' association set up those camps for guys without contracts, viable major league players. Receiver Munir McClain, who got money from the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program, was suspended and his family says they weren’t given an answer as to why. By continuing to use the site, you accept our Privacy Policy and Cookie Policy. MLB 1994 strike anniversary: Montreal Expos’ greatest season vanished overnight Montreal Expos manager Felipe Alou speaks with his son, … The pressure of going through it, and not wanting to go through it again, believe me, weighed heavily during the next negotiation. But I pretty much knew on Aug. 12 [that we were going to be on strike for the rest of the season]. The result was messy. Cal Ripken saved us on Sept. 6 [when he broke Lou Gehrig's record for consecutive games played]. Cincinnati and St. Louis both finished second in their division in both the first half AND the second half, and because overall record meant nothing in 1981, they were out in the cold. Walker was not tendered a contract and signed a four-year, $22.5-million free-agent deal with Colorado, where he won the 1997 NL most valuable player award. He had a salary cap on his mind. My last year, only a few home runs short, no team gave me an opportunity to continue my career. Marvin said, "They'll never win while I'm around." That's why I got involved, because I wanted to know, and before long, it seemed like me and [then-Kansas City Royals pitcher] David Cone were always the ones out in front answering questions.
The Basic Agreement was completed that year in the old conference room in the commissioner's office. A look at California’s November ballot propositions. Oh, you know ... man, that's such an incredible feat.

They are just trying to make the game the best it can be. It would have gone to the last week. The Expos, despite a $19-million payroll that ranked 27th out of 28 teams, had a 74-40 record — the best mark in baseball — and a six-game lead over Atlanta in the National League East when players walked off the job Aug. 12, 1994. Our club was destroying teams. “But the decision from ownership was no. And like in 1972, teams didn't play an even number of games. I was hoping against hope that it wouldn't come. “The economic effects are devastating, frankly, for the clubs,” Manfred said on CNN. We all knew that the game was bigger than the players who played it. On the rare occasions that he mishit it, it found a hole in the infield. But as a devotee of history, who could have ever believed that we could have 25-28 years of labor peace? The Expos looked like they might make history -- and, in hindsight, possibly save baseball in Montreal. The Times endorses one incumbent and three newcomers for the Los Angeles Community College District Board of Trustees. One owner told me recently: If not for what we did in the '90s, 10 to 12 teams would be out of business today. I thought he was going to tell me I had made the wrong decision also. That was my bitter moment.