October 30, 2009

Baseball's Costliest Walk

Interesting WSJ column:
As anniversaries go, it's one most baseball fans would like to forget. Fifteen years ago the leaders of the Major League Baseball Players Association advised their members to walk off the job, thus beginning the ugliest, longest (232 days) and most damaging work stoppage in American sports history...

President Barack Obama may not have been correct earlier this year when he credited Judge Sotomayor with "saving baseball," but she probably did save the 1995 World Series.

ESPN's Peter Gammons summed it up best: "She saved the owners from themselves. Sotomayor forced the game to resume and charged that they bargain in real faith, and baseball under Selig went from $1.3 billion to a $7.5 billion business."

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