Players weren't loyal, they were controlled
I’ve read many dumb things in Cal Thomas’s columns but on March 8, “Bryce Harper and loyalty now long lost,” he outdid himself in his piece about baseball free agency. To wit: “There was a time when players were loyal to the team that signed them…” What a crock. There was no loyalty. Loyalty requires a choice being available and until 1976 there was no choice for players. You were owned by one team, period. The only way to play elsewhere was to be traded or sold like property. The National League, the first of the Major Leagues, was founded in 1876 and the owners had it all there way for a century.
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