Chronology

September 19, 1990

A chronology of events in baseball's collusion cases:

* Feb. 3, 1986 -- The Major League Baseball Players Association filed the first collusion grievance, charging owners acted in concert in a boycott of free agents after the 1985 season.

* Feb. 20, 1987 -- The union filed a second grievance, charging the boycott extended beyond the 1986 season.

* Sept. 21, 1987 -- Arbitrator Thomas Roberts ruled that teams conspired to "destroy" free agency after the 1985 season.

* Jan. 19, 1988 -- The union filed a third grievance, charging the boycott continued in part after the 1987 season and that management's Player Relations Committee operated a free agent "information bank" in violation of the collective-bargaining agreement.

* Jan. 22, 1988 -- Roberts made seven players from the first collusion case new-look free agents. They were Kirk Gibson, Carlton Fisk, Juan Beniquez, Tom Brookens, Donnie Moore, Joe Niekro and Butch Wynegar.

* Aug. 31, 1988 -- Arbitrator George Nicolau ruled that owners conspired against free agents after the 1986 season.

* Oct. 24, 1988 -- Nicolau made 12 players from the second collusion case new-look free agents. They were Doyle Alexander, Alan Ashby, Bob Boone, Jim Clancy, Ken Dayley, Brian Downing, Rich Gedman, Ron Guidry, Willie Randolph, Roy Smith, Claudell Washington and Ernie Whitt.

* Aug. 31, 1989 -- Roberts ordered clubs to pay $10.5 million for damages during the 1986 season.

* July 18, 1990 -- Nicolau ruled owners conspired against free agents after the 1987 season and that the "information bank" violated the collective-bargaining agreement.

* Sept. 17, 1990 -- Nicolau ordered owners to pay $102.5 million for damages during the 1987 and 1988 seasons.

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