Originally Posted by Tony Cloninger
To think that back in 1973 the owners thought this was a good idea in order to avoid the yearly holdouts that had been happening at the beginning of the 70's.
I remember during the middle 80's it was getting out of hand.....who can forget the Kal Daniels and Marge Schott coin flip?
The owners thought it was a good idea, Miller thought it was great. The players approached it from a better angle, they brought real stats and they used other players as comps. They also won out by using the young stars as the comps, the guys who were getting their FA years bought out early on. Prior to this the comps were always leveled at players through the lens of he's a "5 year player" , he's a "6 year player" and thus slotted accordingly.
Once that matrix fell it became numbers, and the players armed themselves better for the battle (Bill Jame's was a regular player in early arb hearings in providing stats for the players case.)