August 15, 1996 |
Baseball's labor negotiations remained on hold Wednesday, but the possibility of an agreement seemed to improve, sources said, as acting Commissioner Bud Selig, a cautious and painstaking consensus builder, worked the phones, trying to keep a lid on a potential internal problem while trying to build unanimous support among owners. "I feel a lot better about it today than I did yesterday," a management source said.
August 14, 1996 |
Baseball's labor negotiations took an internal turn again Tuesday, as management negotiator Randy Levine worked to defuse the opposition of what a source called a "vocal minority" among owners to the restoration of service time that the players lost during the 1994-95 strike. It's the last major hurdle to an armistice in the four-year bargaining battle.
August 23, 1996 |
The baseball players' union officially rejected the owners' offer on service time Thursday, but management negotiator Randy Levine said he thought the sides had "inched closer" to an agreement. Negotiations have been put on hold again until Monday, giving owners a chance to plan their next move on the pivotal issue of restoring service time for the 75 regular-season days the players were on strike in 1994-95. Management's labor policy committee will meet with Levine by phone today.
August 11, 1996 |
On the verge of an armistice in baseball's three-year labor war--or "peace in our time," as a union lawyer called it--negotiators for owners and players yielded to exhaustion Saturday night. Having bargained on an almost constant basis since late Friday morning, talks in New York were recessed in mid-evening Saturday. They will resume about noon today, with likelihood of an agreement on a new labor contract before Monday.
August 10, 1996 |
Indicating a possible breakthrough in their long labor talks, negotiators for baseball's owners and players met four times Friday. The fourth meeting ended after midnight in New York, but neither side was heading to bed. They expected to reconvene, continuing to work through the night. "There has been movement on both sides," a management negotiator said during a late evening break, refusing to speculate on a possible settlement.
August 16, 1996 |
Acting Commissioner Bud Selig and management negotiator Randy Levine continued their infomercial campaign Thursday, trying to answer questions and build consensus support among owners for the proposed labor settlement. There were no negotiating sessions between Levine and union leader Donald Fehr for a third consecutive day, but Levine said it would be wrong "to read anything negative into that."
December 6, 1996 |
There were a few snags--what would a baseball labor deal be without complications?--but no last-minute surprises in Dorado Beach, Puerto Rico, on Thursday. Baseball players, as expected, ratified the proposed labor deal, officially ending a bitter four-year battle with owners that forced cancellation of the 1994 World Series and led to more than $1 billion in losses for owners and players during the 232-day strike of 1994-95.
December 5, 1996 |
In 1920, when Boston Red Sox owner Harry Frazee sold Babe Ruth to the Yankees for $125,000 (and a passel of loan guarantees), it was the most expensive deal in the history of baseball, but it was widely held to be an example of how stupid the grand old game had become fiscally. I mean, who was worth $125,000? Babe Ruth was, of course. He was more than a player, he was a god. He was a revolution. He changed the way the game was played forever.
March 21, 1996 |
Revenue sharing? Why not bring back the replacement players? "I thought we had a handle on it back then," Cincinnati Red owner Marge Schott said Wednesday of baseball's alleged financial problems and the industry's ill-conceived response to the work stoppage of last spring. Leave it to Schott to suggest that baseball missed an opportunity to challenge--and possibly break--the players' union by maintaining the replacement concept until achieving a bargaining agreement that included a salary cap.
January 7, 1996 |
Angel President Richard Brown said he's "more optimistic than not" the team will re-sign pitcher Jim Abbott, but the sides will have to close a considerable gap in negotiations if they are to strike a deal by Monday's deadline. Neither Brown nor Scott Boras, Abbott's agent, would comment on the specifics of the negotiations, but sources indicated the sides are at least $1 million apart on a potential three-year deal.