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THE FEHR "SOLIDARITY TOUR" HITS THE WEST COAST
Published September 28, 1994
There was a large turnout for the Southern CA stop on MLBPA Exec Dir Don Fehr's "Solidarity Tour." 77 players, representing 23 of 28 MLB teams, attended the informational session. When the meeting adjourned, players had "re-emphasized their allegiance to each other and insisted that they will not be attending spring training next season if there is no new labor agreement in place." The Dodgers' Eric Karros: "As you come out of those meetings, you're gung-ho. You're pretty much anti-everything" (Lawrence Rocca, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER, 9/28). NEW LEAGUE TALK: Fehr also met with agents yesterday, including Dick Moss, "who has always dreamed of a new league and hopes the players can for one by next spring." Fehr: "I don't think a new league is an impossible as people think. I don't think it can get done in a finger-snap, but I've always thought it was a possibility" (Mark Whicker, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER, 9/28). In New York, Bill Madden profiles Moss' dream of a player-run league: "Come next spring such a crazy venture might seem like a very palatable alternative to breaking ranks with the union and being branded major-league scabs" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 9/28). STRIKE NOTE: Ontario provincial law prevents use of replacement players in a labor dispute. Blue Jays GM Pat Gillick: "We'll just have to play 162 road games" (Rod Beaton, USA TODAY, 9/28).