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Thursday, June 04, 2020

The Athletic: How baseball’s players hatched a plan for a wild barnstorming tour in 1995

If the owners followed through with their threat to begin the 1995 season with replacements, the established players figured they couldn’t sit around and take it. They needed to answer. So, they reached deep into the history of the sport, borrowing a concept as ancient as paying ballplayers to play. This wouldn’t be just another barnstorming tour, union head Donald Fehr said at the time, “it could be something better.” In the background, acrimony had given rise to another radical idea: the players eventually launching a league of their own. Barnstorming might serve as a useful dress rehearsal. If all went well, if Reebok could be locked in as the sponsor, if CBS could be brought in as a broadcast partner, then anything was possible.

The tour was to begin in early May. The first stop was RFK Stadium in Washington, a decade before the Nationals brought major league baseball back to the District. It would pass through places without their own teams: the Hoosier Dome in Indianapolis, the Superdome in New Orleans and BC Place in Vancouver, and also minor league towns like Buffalo, Louisville and Portland. And, in a delicious twist for the players, it would pass through big league ballparks controlled by municipalities. This way, the owners couldn’t flex their muscles and force out the players. They’d already tried this once with the Florida site that had been leased to be used as a spring training site ahead of the barnstorming tour. They had failed.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 04, 2020 at 10:39 AM | 6 comment(s)
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Sunday, May 03, 2020

How Shortened Seasons Affect Future Projections

It’s interesting, surprising, and a bit discouraging.  Go read the article and give Fangraphs some traffic.  Click on an ad while you’re there.

Ziggy: social distancing since 1980 Posted: May 03, 2020 at 03:23 PM | 3 comment(s)
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