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BASEBALL STILL HELD HOSTAGE -- DAY 154: A CAPITOL AFFAIR
Published January 12, 1995
In a meeting with WASHINGTON POST reporters, acting MLB Commissioner Bud Selig said that he expects each of the 28 clubs to field a replacement team for the '95 season -- that includes both the Orioles and Blue Jays. MLB General Counsel Chuck O'Connor: "We have a problem in Toronto that is not just legal - - the question of Labatt's being comfortable with using a so- called loophole ... [that] might be viewed as an affront by the Canadian people." Selig and several owners were in Washington this week to meet with members of Congress as well as Labor Secretary Robert Reich. Over the past two days, owners have met with 35 members of Congress, including House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole and Senate Judiciary Chair Orrin Hatch (Mark Maske, WASHINGTON POST, 1/12). NHL EFFECTS: MLBPA General Counsel Gene Orza: "The biggest benefit of the hockey settlement is I no longer have to hear [Rockies Owner] Jerry McMorris and Bud Selig give me the ultimate non sequitur of these negotiations: 'We want a salary cap and you'll notice the only sports playing have salary caps.'" MLBPA Exec Dir Don Fehr noted that the NHL did not implement its own system: "I think clearly because they're covered by the antitrust laws and they didn't think they could get away with it." But MLB's O'Connor countered: "I believe it's incorrect to hold that the clubs could not implement the salary cap proposal if the antitrust laws applied to baseball" (Murray Chass, N.Y. TIMES, 1/12). THE SEARCH FOR PLAYERS: Red Sox CEO John Harrington said the clubs' operations committee has compiled a list of 800 players who were active in the major or minor leagues within the past 18 months, but are not with any organization now (Mark Maske, WASHINGTON POST, 1/12). Because the union had its strike certified, the Immigration and Naturalization Service will not grant a visa required of any foreign player signed to a major league contract -- even if he will not be used as a replacement (Rod Beaton, USA TODAY, 1/12). A WORD OF WARNING: Red Sox Danny Darwin said that he is "among a growing number of players who will be closely watching for signs of loyalty" from coaches, managers and trainers, "all of whom pay union dues and collect licensing money" (Nick Cafardo, BOSTON GLOBE, 1/11).