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Negotiations during the 1994 season between the players and owners went nowhere. The owners were concerned about the players' average salary, which was $1.2 million, and they wanted to enact a salary cap.
The strike, which began on Aug. 12th, led to the cancellation of the 1994 World Series. It also cost fans the chance to see a few historic moments.
Tony Gwynn was batting .394 and could have been the game's first .400 hitter since Ted Williams. Matt Williams had 43 home runs and was on pace to tie Roger Maris' single-season home run record. The Expos also had the best record in baseball at the time of the strike.
The strike also led to one of the more humorous trades in baseball history. Two weeks before the players went on strike, Dave Winfield was traded from the Twins to the Indians for a player to be named later.
Once the season was canceled, the Indians took Twins executives out to dinner and paid the bill to settle the trade.
After the cancellation of the 1994 World Series, fans were angry and wanted to see baseball. The owners hired replacement players to participate in spring training. These players were referred to as "scabs."
Some replacement players would later go on to win World Series titles. These players include Shane Spencer, Kevin Millar, Damian Miller and Brendan Donnelly. They were not able to be a part of the MLBPA and thus were not included on World Series champion memorabilia.