Men in Blue (a)

25 Pages Posted: 21 Oct 2008

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Sherwood C. Frey

University of Virginia - Darden School of Business


This case and the supporting multimedia material focus on the events leading up to the decision by the major league umpires to tender their resignations as a show of solidarity during an extended dispute with the Major League Baseball office. Class discussion can address the challenges of preparing adquately, of creating power by managing constituencies, and of managing confrontation. The multimedia materials present the actions taken by Richie Phillips (principle spokeperson for the umprires), the reactions of various constituencies, and a commentary by Ron Shapiro (recently appointed representative of the umpires).

Keywords: labor relations, negotiation

Suggested Citation

Frey, Sherwood C., Men in Blue (a). Available at SSRN: or

Sherwood C. Frey (Contact Author)

University of Virginia - Darden School of Business ( email )

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Charlottesville, VA 22906-6550
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