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BASEBALL HELD HOSTAGE -- DAY 186: WHO WILL REPORT?
Published February 13, 1995
Many reports over the weekend focused on the coming spring training report dates. Pitchers and catchers for the Yankees, Mariners, Cardinals and Giants report this Thursday, while the rest follow throughout the weekend. Most clubs will not reveal who their replacement players are and which of them are minor league prospects. Reds GM Jim Bowden: "If it gets into middle to late March, then we'll make the announcement of who the substitute players are. At the end of March, we'll have them play more, so they'll get a chance to play together" (CINCINNATI POST, 2/12). CACTUS LEAGUE PREPARES: While MLB and Cactus League sites make security preparations, Giants GM Bob Rose said that problems surrounding the strike and the use of replacement players are not expected. Rose: "Our club and Major League Baseball, in the interest of acting responsibly in a possible strike situation, are making preparations for any possible scenario, as remote as it may seem." MLB Security Dir Kevin Hallinan acknowledged that plans are in place for FL and AZ. He called it a routine process, although the plan is a "few pages longer this year" (Mark Shaffer, ARIZONA REPUBLIC, 2/11). Friday afternoon's PHOENIX GAZETTE led with two stories on the economic impact of the strike to Cactus League cities. The GAZETTE's Glen Creno cites winter weather in the East and a stronger economy, and writes, "The good news is that no matter how fouled up baseball is, it probably won't be an economic disaster for local tourism." The Cactus League's eight teams generate an estimated $265M for the state. Jeff Metcalfe reports that the Cubs joined the A's in cutting their spring ticket prices (PHOENIX GAZETTE, 2/10). A piece in the REPUBLIC notes that two Japanese baseball teams are using Phoenix as a spring training site -- the Chiba Lotte Marines and the Chunichi Dragons (ARIZONA REPUBLIC, 2/11).