September 09, 2002
A history of baseball's labor relations

Nice article on by Doug Pappas about baseball's labor history. The following quote is a pretty good encapsulation of why the owners have always been and likely always will be the bad guys:

Shortly after helping to force [then-Commissioner Fay] Vincent from office in September 1992, White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf explained the owners' new labor strategy: "You do it by taking a position and telling them we're not going to play unless we make a deal, and being prepared not to play one or two years if you have to."

Given what followed, the 1994 strike was pretty much inevitable. 'Nuff said.

Posted by Charles Kuffner on September 09, 2002 to Baseball