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Baseball's Eight Work Stoppages

In 2002 the players' union and the owners narrowly avoided baseball's ninth work stoppage, coming to an agreement just hours before a proposed players' strike was set to begin. Below is a breakdown of the previous eight stoppages.

Year Work
Stoppage
Games
Missed
Length Dates Issue
1972 Strike  86 13 days April 1-13 Pensions
1973 Lockout   0 17 days February 8-25 Salary arbitration
1976 Lockout   0 17 days March 1-17 Free agency
1980 Strike   0 8 days April 1-8 Free-agent compensation
1981 Strike 712 50 days June 12-July 31 Free-agent compensation
1985 Strike   0 2 days August 6-7 Salary arbitration
1990 Lockout   0 32 days Feb. 15-March 18 Salary arbitration and salary cap
1994 Strike 920 232 days Aug. 12-March 31 Salary cap and revenue sharing

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