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BASEBALL HELD HOSTAGE -- DAY 92: NEW "SENSITIVITY" IN TALKS
Published November 11, 1994
In the first face-to-face negotiations since September, acting MLB Commissioner Bud Selig told MLBPA negotiators the owners would remove their proposal of a salary-cap if the players would agree to a system that would give the owners a firm indication of what their labor costs would be. That echoed a position the owners have taken since the beginning of the labor dispute. But one who was in the room said that Selig's offer "was like starting over." Selig: "There at least was a feeling of what I call civility and sensitivity that didn't exist in some of the earlier meetings. Only time will tell, but it did exist today" (Murray Chass, N.Y. TIMES, 11/11). MLBPA General Counsel Gene Orza: "We're still far apart. But we're better off for having had this meeting" (Mark Maske, WASHINGTON POST, 11/11). The talks was the first session mediated by William Usery. RAVITCH TAKES A STEP BACK: In L.A., Ross Newhan writes that the "only discernible change" in yesterday's talks was the appointment of Red Sox CEO John Harrington as chair of the owners negotiating committee, further "diminishing the presence" of MLB chief negotiator Richard Ravitch (L.A. TIMES, 11/11). According to participants in the meetings, Ravitch "didn't say a single word" during the joint session (WASHINGTON POST, 11/11). But a source familiar with the situation said that Harrington's appointment was "more cosmetic than substantive" (L.A. TIMES, 11/11). ESPN's Keith Olbermann: "Late news from the meetings in Rye Brook -- a conclave of owners is meeting late into the night without Dick Ravitch" ("Sports Center," ESPN, 11/10). CORRECTION: WJR-Radio in Detroit withdrew their report from yesterday that baseball owners are considering using replacement players next year.