The suspension that MLB is currently facing might be one of the worst financial impacts in baseball history, perhaps aside from the World Wars. The Dodgers team president Stan Kasten would know, of all people. Kasten was the team President of the Atlanta Braves during the player’s strike of the mid-nineties.
The Dodgers’ executive made an appearance on the Petros and Money Show to discuss a few things that the team was doing. Kasten also made sure to note that this MLB suspension is far and away worse than the player’s strike eh faced nearly 30 years ago.
The worst thing I ever went through in my professional career was I was on the negotiating team during the ’94 strike. That was awful, that canceled two months of the season and we lost the World Series. I remember how sickening it was. Every day was sickening. That is nothing compared to what we’re going through now. This is truly unimaginable.
The player’s strike that started August 12th of 1994 canceled the postseason, including the World Series for the first time since 1904. The strike lasted for 232 days, which made it the longest stoppage in Major League Baseball history. The Dodgers were on track to make the playoffs in 1994 with a 58-56 record, but Kasten’s Braves were crushing the league. They were twenty-two games above 500 and destined for a World Series run before the shutdown.
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If Kasten lived through that and still believes this COVID-19 shutdown is worse, that cannot be good. The Dodgers had not yet got the chance to see what their team is capable of, but they certainly stand to lose a lot from a shutdown. If the season were to be called off altogether, Los Angeles would really be missing out. The team would lose out on Mookie Betts without him ever even playing a meaningful game.