Monday, November 29, 2021

Newsletter Excerpt, November 29, 2021 -- "Contracts Fly"

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"It’s the difference between league action and team action, a dichotomy that has played out many times before. When free agency began in the 1976-77 offseason, the league decried the process collectively and then the individual teams went out and signed players like madmen. Collusion in the 1980s, which had successfully crippled the market for free agents, cracked when some teams began misreporting their free-agent offers to a central database and secretly trying to sign other teams’ players. In 1996, Jerry Reinsdorf was both a labor hawk...well, he still negotiations with the union, and the guy making Albert Belle the highest-paid player in baseball."