On February 7, 1987, Dodger pitcher Orel Hershiser signed for $800,000, a twenty-percent pay-cut from the year before. It was the second time since the practice of arbitration has been implemented that a player was forced to take less. After winning the Cy Young Award and leading the team to a World Series championship in 1988, however, the Hershiser became the highest-paid player in the big leagues.
In Game 5 of the 1988 World Series, Orel Hershiser keeps the A’s to a meager four singles. The 5-1 victory becomes the final game of the series as the Dodgers clinch the World Championship. The Dodgers pitcher also won Game 2 of the series and is named Most Valuable Player.