1994 Baseball Strike Of 1994 Analysis

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The Major League Baseball (MLB) strike of 1994 began on August 12, 1994 and lasted for a total of 232 days until April 2, 1995 (Padyk, 2015). Not only was the rest of the season cancelled, the strike did what World War I, World War II, the Vietnam War, and even September 11th could not accomplish. The strike forced the cancellation of the World Series for the very first time in 90 years (Badenhausen, 2014). It was a strike between the Commissioner Office, Players Association, and the club owners, with initial events starting back in the 1992 and 1993 seasons (Padyk, 2015). Players continued playing into the beginning of the 1994 season with expired Collective Bargaining Agreements. At the same time, club owners were fighting for player’s salary caps and revenue sharing (Padyk, 2015). This created extremely high tensions between both the owners and the players. These tensions ultimately caused one of the largest walk outs in baseball history. At the outset of the strike, the owners and players agreed to utilize the Federal Mediation and…show more content…
When this had no impact on the negotiations, the strike continued into March of 1995. Finally, and with the new baseball season around the corner, 28 out of the 30 ball club owners voted to bring in field replacement teams or “scabs” to resume games. There was no good sediment about this decision and on March 31, Judge Sonia Sotomayor stepped in and issued an injunction against the owners from locking players out. The strike officially ended on April 2, 1995, and the players returned to work (Staff, 2009). Both sides were bound to the same terms of the expired Collective Bargaining Agreement from 1993. It wasn’t until December of 1996 when both sides agreed upon a new agreement (Staff,
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