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MOSS READY TO LAUNCH NEW BASEBALL LEAGUE ON OCTOBER 19
Published September 26, 1994
Agent Dick Moss plans to announce the formation of a new baseball league on October 19 that he says will be operational this April. A similar project by Moss and NYC attorney David LeFevre fell apart in '89-90. But in the wake of the strike, Moss now says: "It's a very real thing. We have some very substantial people involved." Moss said the league would be comprised of 10-12 teams and play in cities "spurned" by MLB, including Buffalo, Mexico City, Tampa and Vancouver, as well as some smaller stadiums in MLB cities (Joel Sherman, N.Y. POST, 9/24). WILL MLBPA'S TRUST IN CONGRESS PAY OFF? Red Sox CEO John Harrington, who originally set November 1 as a deadline for settlement, now sees December as "realistic" given the recent House hearings on MLB's antitrust exemption. Harrington: "It's a major distraction and I hope the players aren't thinking they'd like to wait until January where they might think a ruling would be favorable for them" (Nick Cafardo, BOSTON GLOBE, 9/25). After seeing a copy of the bill to do away with the exemption, Braves President Stan Kasten said the players are "trying to become a special class of citizen. They are not asking for a level playing field. This is an outrage." Kasten stressed that, in the absence of an exemption, a court could not force the game back on the field (I.J. Rosenberg, ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 9/24). In Richmond, Paul Woody writes on the players' promise to return to work and fight the issue out in court should the exemption be lifted: "That's a bluff worth calling" (RICHMOND TIMES-DISPATCH, 9/25). Another paper's editorial board joins the players' cause. From Sunday's CINCINNATI ENQUIRER: "[The exemption] is as unsporting as a corked bat. It should be given the thumb" (ENQUIRER, 9/25). In Tampa, Neil Cote sees an upside for the owners in losing the exemption: "It would allow teams even greater latitude to shake down their cities. How? By adding teeth to their threats to move" (TAMPA TRIBUNE, 9/26). BIG CITY, SMALL MEETING: Cal Ripken, Dave Winfield and Eddie Murray were among 22 players from 14 teams that attended the third of seven informational meetings planned by the MLBPA. Ripken, asked about the possibility of games played by replacement players ending his streak: "If replacement players play, it is not major-league baseball and I won't be playing" (Joel Sherman, N.Y. POST, 9/24). MLBPA Exec Dir Don Fehr "said he was not surprised at the low turnout, since most of the players live in other parts of the country." Fehr's "caravan" visits four other cities this week (Larry Whiteside, BOSTON GLOBE, 9/24). STRIKING THOUGHTS: The Cardinal's "fan appreciation day" open house at Busch Stadium drew 50,000 fans Sunday (ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, 9/26)....Former Commissioner Bowie Kuhn suggests the trio that negotiated the Haitian settlement (Carter, Powell, Nunn) as baseball mediators (N.Y. TIMES, 9/25)....Agent Tony Attanasio says Japan is a "very real" option for many players should the strike continue into '95 (Jayson Stark, PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 9/25)....Orioles Owner Peter Angelos and Fehr had lunch Saturday afternoon. Restaurant proprietor Naz Velleggia: "They were very quiet and congenial and never raised their voices" (Tom Keegan, Baltimore SUN, 9/25)....Bill Madden suggest that former MSG President Bob Gutkowski would be a better choice for Commissioner than retiring George Mitchell. "He knows the TV business inside and out with the MSG Network at the top of his resume. Shrewd, dynamic, personable ... but most important of all, Gutkowski made the Garden a fan-friendly place" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 9/25).