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Fenway
05-19-2007, 01:15 PM
A little late for Curt Flood............


CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Baseball commissioner Bud Selig is sorry the sport didn't act sooner to fix its problems -- with the reserve clause.

"That should have been modified decades before someone like me came into the sport," Selig, who became the Milwaukee Brewers' owner in 1970, said after receiving an award from the Sports Lawyers Association. "Change was long overdue, and some balance to the relationship was necessary."



http://cbs.sportsline.com/mlb/story/10187671

StillMissOzzie
05-19-2007, 08:44 PM
Maybe the MLBPA wouldn't bend the owners over the pool table at every opportunity if they'd have done something to even things up with the players way back when.

SMO
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WhiteSox5187
05-20-2007, 01:29 AM
Maybe the MLBPA wouldn't bend the owners over the pool table at every opportunity if they'd have done something to even things up with the players way back when.

SMO
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Yep, the owners had their chance to make things right back then and they blew it.

Oblong
05-21-2007, 01:40 PM
Maybe the MLBPA wouldn't bend the owners over the pool table at every opportunity if they'd have done something to even things up with the players way back when.

SMO
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At the end of Bouton's book he talked about the struggles the players were fighting for at the time. Things like more meal money, compensation when they moved (to cover lost or pending deposits on apartments/houses), etc. He had a battle with a GM over a case of Gatorade! If the owners had handled the ticky tack stuff better in those days things may have been a lot different today. THey wouldn't have been so mad and determined. They may not have gone after Marvin Miller to represent them.
I think what we have now would have eventually happen but it may not have happened so fast.

Fenway
05-21-2007, 01:47 PM
At the end of Bouton's book he talked about the struggles the players were fighting for at the time. Things like more meal money, compensation when they moved (to cover lost or pending deposits on apartments/houses), etc. He had a battle with a GM over a case of Gatorade! If the owners had handled the ticky tack stuff better in those days things may have been a lot different today. THey wouldn't have been so mad and determined. They may not have gone after Marvin Miller to represent them.
I think what we have now would have eventually happen but it may not have happened so fast.

The 2 owners that fought to keep it were Gussie Busch and Charlie Finley. Finley you could at least understand because he didn't have the revenue in Oakland to pay big salary, but Busch was simply a skinflit.