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OWNERS, INCLUDING STEINBRENNER, STAYING SOLID
Published September 14, 1994
"The owners have shown their resolve. ... The owners, who have dutifully followed small-market leader Bud Selig, can celebrate their unprecedented solidarity. Then they can spend the off season trying to keep baseball from exploding. Or imploding" (Any Niedzielka, MIAMI HERALD, 9/14). CURIOUS ABOUT GEORGE: Many reports in New York note that George Steinbrenner has been surprisingly quiet in his solidarity with fellow owners. Jack Curry writes, "Bud, the acting commissioner, has apparently tamed the boss" (N.Y. TIMES, 9/14). In Baltimore, Peter Schmuck notes that Steinbrenner even came to Selig's defense in comments earlier this week to the MILWAUKEE JOURNAL (Baltimore SUN, 9/14). In a report that has Steinbrenner saying some small market teams should be able to move rather than big-market teams support them, Joel Sherman makes a point to note, "Steinbrenner has surprisingly remained a low-key figure and has not broken ranks" (N.Y. POST, 9/14). YESTERDAY'S BUSINESS: The MLBPA began to distribute more than $10M in checks for players on strike. The initial payments come primarily from licensing money the MLBPA withheld last year (N.Y. TIMES, 9/14). In Washington, Sen. Howard Metzenbaum's (D- OH) bill to temporarily lift baseball's anti-trust exemption was blocked on the floor of the Senate by NE Sen. James Exon (mult., 9/14).