Remembering the 1994-1995 Work Stoppage

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Copyrighted by Sarah Morris, 2020

We as baseball fans are missing baseball games. Thursday would have been Opening Day, and we would have celebrated our love for baseball.

It is strange for us not to have baseball in late March, but these are very difficult times. We are stuck in our homes at the government’s orders. Unless we can work at home, we can’t work.  Most of our school-aged kids are at home. It’s okay to binge-watch anything, sleep late, and eat junk food. If you are doing social distancing, you are supporting our fellow man.

We all are bored! We want to see someone else than people who live with us, and we do not know what to do with ourselves. I even do not know what to do with myself though I am virtually homebound. People can watch so much news before getting depressed. We do not know when the quarantine will end.

We need a diversion. I long for an old electronic game, like Simon. It would give me something to do.

I remember the 1994-1995 Major League Baseball work stoppage that canceled the 1994 World Series. Although I missed baseball back then, I had something to write about even though I wished the season would have ended before the players struck or the owners locked out the players, I do not remember. The problem was the owners wanted a salary cap and the players obviously did not want it. Back then, I supported the players.

Since the season had been two-thirds finished, I felt like I could analyze Dodgers’ performances. It took me six weeks to analyze every player on the Dodger roster. Every night I listened to Dodger Talk with either Rick Monday or Al Downing hosting. The negotiations were not going well, so I was not surprised when Commissioner Bud Selig canceled the World Series.

During the off-season of 1994 and 1995, the negotiations were stalled. I doubted we would have spring training beginning on time. However, the owners recruited players from the low Minor Leagues to play exhibition games.

The exhibition games with the “replacement players” did not have the same quality as the Major Leagues, but the games satisfied our baseball hunger. The Dodgers had every exhibition game with the “replacement players” either on the radio or television. Just hearing Ross Porter, Rick Monday, or Vin Scully’s voices comforted me. Except for Matt Herges, I cannot remember any of those names of “replacement players” but the games gave me enjoyment and something to write about during the never-ending work stoppage.

Everyone rejoiced when the Major League Baseball’s work stoppage ended. Although the 1995 regular season was shortened, it was memorable. The Dodgers won the National League Western Division but were swept by the Cincinnati Reds led by manager Davey Johnston in the NLDS. Under manager Bobby Cox, the Atlanta Braves won their only world championship with  Greg Maddux, and John Smoltz.

We hope baseball will be played sometime during 2020.

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