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SBD/14/Leagues Governing Bodies
WHAT WILL THE NEW YEAR HOLD?
Published September 14, 1994
REPLACEMENTS: Red Sox owner John Harrington called use of replacement players a "last resort," but added: "We'd have to make all kinds of adjustments with our radio and TV packages, our ticket prices. It would be different, but it's something we'd have to consider if it got to that point" (Nick Cafardo, BOSTON GLOBE, 9/14). Braves President Stan Kasten does not rule out using replacement players: "We have an awful lot of interest in our sport because the Atlanta Braves play in Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium and soon in an even grander stadium, and because the Boston Red Sox play in Fenway Park, and because the New York Yankees play in Yankee Stadium. ... And I think our teams will still go on even if, God forbid, the names have to change" (Tim Tucker, ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 9/14). PLAYERS' LEAGUE: Braves pitcher Tom Glavine: "I don't think that's quite as far-fetched as some people think. We're sure if we get that far we can find other owners out there, or work out details to have players running the show" (Tim Tucker, ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 9/14). Dick Moss, who preceded Fehr as MLBPA Exec Dir, has been the "key figure in efforts to start a new league." Moss, in statements yesterday, made a point of saying that as baseball begins to re-organize, it is unlikely that Milwaukee "will ever see major league baseball again" (SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 9/14). In New York, Joel Sherman recalls Moss' failed attempt to start a new league in '91. At present, the union is "downplaying its desire to investigate a new league, saying it is much more interested" in resolving the conflict. Union leadership also said a new league would not be used as a "bargaining chip, but would only be approached with the idea of revolutionizing the sport" (N.Y. POST, 9/14).