02-25-2006, 03:26 PM
Collusion is nothing new to baseball; owners have doing it at least since the advent of the reserve clause. Near the end of 1892, National League team owners, en masse, released all their players. They had just merged with the American Association and wanted to cut payroll costs at the onset of the depression of the 1890s. Over the winter, officials set salary limits and cut player income across the board. The talent was forced to accept the new terms. Again, all players were released after the 1918 season with a gentlemanís agreement not to touch each otherís property.