From SABR member John Dewan at ACTA Sports on November 23, 2011:
I’d like to wish all my readers a very Happy Thanksgiving!
In keeping with the theme of thankfulness, here are some numbers in the baseball world to which this sentiment applies.
21 – That is the number of consecutive years of labor peace that baseball is guaranteed with MLB and the MLBPA having agreed on a new five-year collective bargaining agreement. As contentious as baseball’s labor history has been, the general state of harmony that has existed since the last players’ strike ended in early 1995 represents the longest such stretch since the MLBPA was formed in 1953. In that time the NHL has lost a full season, the NBA lost part of the 1998-1999 season and has already canceled games for this season, and the NFL went through an extended lockout this year before coming to an agreement just before the season started. Life is good for baseball fans right now.
Read the full article here: http://www.actasports.com/statoftheweek
Originally published: November 23, 2011. Last Updated: November 23, 2011.