It's amazing (and freightening) to think that the 1980 season could not have happened at all. The players were preparing for a strike to begin the 1980, as is indicated in this article. A last-minute agreement to continue negotiations delayed the strike until mid-1981, when the players walked off the job for nearly two months. Other than the strike issue, the article has a few blurbs of little or no consequence: Greg Luzinski wearing glasses, John Vukovich becoming an emergency catcher, Larry Christenson not shaving. Marty Bystrom's hamstring injury is mentioned. Perhaps Bystrom would have begun the year with the Phils had he not suffered the injury. Perhaps the delay in Bystrom's debut was beneficial, as the Phils won all of his starts en route to claiming the division title.
|From The March
6, 1980 edition of The Doylestown Daily Intelligencer:
Training Camp Routine Disrupted By Strike Talk
By Paul Giordano, Intelligencer Writer
CLEARWATER, FLA.-Wednesday's workouts had to take a back seat to the new pitcher in camp. Marvin Miller, executive director of the Major League Players Association, arrived at 10 a.m., bringing to the Phillies Carpenter Field complex just one pitch...a strike.
His strike could stall the opening of the regular season unless a new agreement between the players and the owners is reached by April l. Miller's pitch, a resolution agreed upon by the 28-member executive board of the players association at its Tuesday meeting, was brought to the Phillies players for a vote, the first such test stop by Miller on his way to visiting all the spring training camps.
The players and Miller met behind closed doors for a little over two and a half hours.
"The vote was 40-0 in favor to give us the authority to strike if we have to," Miller said after the meeting. "It was a show of hands vote. We brought it before the players because we didn't want them to vote on something this important without knowing all the facts about everything.
"You know, we've-had 16 weeks of meetings with the owners and nothing has been accomplished. Still, things have happened and we want the players to be aware of what's going on.
"However, we could still go into the regular season and open on time, play without a contract. But we would have to have a fair and solid agreement with the owners on certain things. The players want this kind of agreement.
"We can't afford to give up what we have now. It would be a step backward and you can forget the union if we give in."
If there is such a strike, it has been reported that at least 80 percent of the players will have to face a non-income period. Only about 20 percent of the players have contract agreements guaranteeing pay if such a strike happens.
-- Dallas Green's "We, not I" philosophy is very much evident in the clubhouse. Two five foot signs hang at each end The "We" is printed in bold, three foot high block letters. "Not I" is also in the same bold print, but half the size.
--Also hanging are two banners, one from the 1976 Eastern Division championship, the other from 1978.
--Larry Christenson is wearing a full beard
-Greg Luzinski is 30 pounds lighter and has shed his on-field contact lenses for glasses.
--Rookie pitchmg hopeful Marty Bystrom remjured his right hamstring muscle when he slipped on the locker room's concrete floor He had to be helped into the training room.
--Minor League first baseman John Poff is being converted into an outfielder. He worked on his outfield play with coaches Billj DeMars and Tony Taylor.
--Mike Anderson (outfield) and John Vukovich (infield) are being groomed as backup catchers.
--Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Bruce Sutler's new $700,000 per year salary is more than the combined total salary of the Cubs' starting pitchers.