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Thursday, April 02, 2020

This Day in Sports History: MLB Players Go on Their First Strike

In the long history of Major League Baseball, there have been eight work stoppages. Most were relatively unsubstantial: Five of the eight resulted in no games missed, with the 1985 players’ strike lasting a mere two days from Aug. 6-7.

Others have been more consequential. The infamous 1994 strike stands out among the rest, as it resulted in the cancellation of the playoffs and World Series. When the next work stoppage will occur is anybody’s guess, but the first will always be the 13-day players’ strike that began on April 1, 1972.

The MLB Players Association wasn’t even six years old heading into the 1972 campaign. But with the expiration of the league’s three-year pension agreement imminent, an opportunity existed for the players to take some control over labor negotiations.

The players were requesting increases to ownership’s pension contributions, which the owners were set against. Amid talk of a strike, owners did not take the players’ threats seriously—at this point, there had never been a work stoppage before, and the MLBPA had yet to demonstrate any meaningful bargaining power.

The story of a strike, in brief form.

 

QLE Posted: April 02, 2020 at 01:45 AM | 3 comment(s)
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Thursday, February 13, 2020

Marlins believe throwing more strikes will lead to more wins

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Midway through Ryne Stanek’s first throwing session of spring training with the Miami Marlins, he was interrupted by pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre Jr.

Stanek’s fastball kept sailing inside.

“If you find yourself missing consistently in the same area ...” Stottlemyre said, embarking on a discourse about arm angles, eye focus and release points —that is, how to throw strikes.

Strikes were a problem for the Marlins last year. They led the majors with 615 walks and led the National League with 105 losses, which is not a coincidence.

That Marlins management thinks this is news probably explains a lot about much of that team’s history.

 


 

 

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