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Newly-Formed NAPBBP Tackles Problem of "Revolving" Pro Players

Salience Noteworthy
Tags Business of Baseball
City/State/Country: New York, NY, United States
Game Base Ball
Immediacy of Report Contemporary
Age of Players Adult
Notables Nicholas Young
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"Resolved: that in all cases where the services of a player are claimed by more than one club, each club shall select the president of another club,. and these two [select] a third, which three shall decide the question, and their action shall be binding . . . "

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New York Herald,  March 19, 1871.

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Richard Hershberger, FB posting of 3/18/2021:

 

"150 years ago in baseball: a follow-up discussion of yesterday's meeting creating the NAPBBP. Two questions were how to choose the umpire for a game, and how to resolve disputes over players who "revolved," signing multiple contracts. Neither of these answers will prove satisfactory.

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The solution presented here for revolvers . . .  attempts a local solution when a central solution really is necessary. The idea is that the two clubs claiming the player will agree on a neutral third party: essentially binding arbitration. But limiting the arbitrators to club presidents made for a small pool to choose from. Getting someone who is both willing to take on what is bound to be a thankless task and is acceptable to both sides didn't work out. The idea will soon be dropped, and the job taken over by a central Judiciary Committee appointed by the NAPBBP president. This will work passably well, until it doesn't. But that unhappy state won't be until 1875."

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