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BASEBALL HELD HOSTAGE -- PART III: NEWS FROM MLB MARKETS
Published February 13, 1995
BALTIMORE: Orioles Owner Peter Angelos told a local TV station that he thinks the strike will be settled within the next two weeks. Angelos: "The two sides are closer than they realize. ... If the two sides get together and look at [Usery's proposal] as a starting point, this thing can be worked out in two weeks" (Baltimore SUN, 2/13). Oriole Player Rep Mike Mussina said there is restlessness among the players: "I'm not dumb enough to believe there's 100 percent solidarity" (WASHINGTON POST, 2/13). BAY AREA: A sampling of A's and Giants players revealed mostly solidarity. "None supported Dykstra's feeling that the union should consider" Usery's proposal (Michael Martinez, SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 2/12). BOSTON: Red Sox' Mo Vaughn said he wishes the union would take a secret ballot to determine whether to end the strike to prove the solidarity of the players: "I'm not necessarily frustrated with the fact we're not playing, but how we look to everybody on the outside. ... There's a professional way of going about things, regardless of how you feel inside." Vaughn thinks more players will speak out in the days ahead (Nick Cafardo, BOSTON GLOBE, 2/12). CHICAGO: Jerome Holtzman critiques Fehr's efforts but does not call on him to step aside: "Had Fehr been willing to absorb a small setback, the strike could have been avoided. And now ... perhaps as many as 30 or 50 percent of the union's members appear anxious for him to make a deal" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 2/12). CINCINNATI: CINCINNATI ENQUIRER's Paul Daugherty writes, "When Dykstra says that players are 'running out of time' to cut a deal, I am thinking what he means is, players are 'running out of money' and 'running out of patience'" (CINCINNATI ENQUIRER, 2/13). COLORADO: Rockies Owner Jerry McMorris was very surprised President Clinton did not support William Usery's suggestions for a settlement: "Somebody got to him. ... I was stunned, and I'm still stunned" (Baltimore SUN, 2/11). FLORIDA: MIAMI HERALD's Ed Pope writes, "Something infinitely worse than a stalemate is developing in baseball, something vastly more powerful than love for the game or hatred for those who have brought it this far down. Sheer indifference" (MIAMI HERALD, 2/12). MONTREAL: The Expos announced their replacement player ticket plan. The club cut prices by 50% across the board (except for opening day) until the resolution of the strike, or a representative number of Major League players join the roster. Fans who purchase single game tickets have to pay full price and are eligible for the refund after the game is played (Montreal GAZETTE, 2/11). NEW YORK: Yankees Owner George Steinbrenner was interviewed by N.Y. TIMES' Betsy Billard. On the failed negotiating process: "I'm embarrassed by it. ... The only people that are coming out of this with anything to date are the lawyers." On Peter Angelos: "Peter Angelos is okay. He's a very smart man. I don't think he's doing the right thing by not, up to a certain point, staying loyal to the rest of his co-owners" (N.Y. TIMES, 2/12).