For anyone that followed the news in baseball today, there's little denying that salary arbitration was its sole focus. There were 110 salary arbitration eligible players this morning when the sun rose, and by the time the time arrived today for clubs and players to exchange salary figures arrived, there were 44 players, and even then, some of the players that filed reached deals shortly thereafter (a breakdown of the salary figures are forthcoming)
Today, I begin a 3-part series of articles for Yahoo! Sports on the process unique in all of sports. Part 1 is entitled: Evolution of salary arbitration: an ironic tale
Here is an excerpt:
Somewhere in the afterlife, Charlie Finley and Dick Meyer must be shaking their heads and muttering “we warned you.” Back in 1973 they predicted what would happen if owners abandoned a take-it-or-leave-it stance with players and agreed to salary arbitration. Maybe it was inevitable. Maybe free agency was inevitable as well. But this scrawny, long-haired San Francisco Giants pitcher they call The Freak could increase his salary 20-fold in one year! What would Tom Seaver have earned after going 25-7 in his third season?
Look for Part II on Tues. the 26th
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