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         The owners' Player Relations Committee announced that it
    will begin offering contracts to unsigned players beginning
    Friday, but only through negotiation with the MLBPA.  Individual
    teams and individual players will not be allowed to participate
    in negotiations.  In Baltimore, Peter Schmuck writes, "What does
    this mean?  Only that there will be no such collective
    negotiations, because the union is too busy challenging the whole
    mess" through the NLRB (Baltimore SUN, 2/14).  The owners also
    will not allow players to submit to salary arbitration.  Owners
    say they do not have to go forward with arbitration because it is
    not a "mandatory subject of bargaining" under the National Labor
    Relations Act.  AP's Ronald Blum notes, "Some on the players'
    side think owners may try to re-implement using their proposal
    that called for a luxury tax on the amount of payrolls" above
    $35M.  MLBPA General Counsel Gene Orza:  "I have no doubt they
    want to, that they're looking for the right opportunity" (OTTAWA
    CITIZEN, 2/14).
         LONELY LENNY:  Red Sox pitcher Roger Clemens on Lenny
    Dykstra's comments of last week: "It just disappoints me when
    some guy, especially when he's a veteran, sits back and pops off
    when he doesn't have any idea what's going on" ("Sports Tonight,"
    CNN, 2/13).  Braves pitcher Greg Maddux, on Dykstra:  "He's going
    to have to play with the team.  We all feel like we're on the
    same team and in this together.  When someone has a different
    opinion, it's a little upsetting" (AP/VANCOUVER SUN, 2/14).
    Rockies Player Rep Joe Giraldi:  "Lenny has some pressures that
    none of us will ever understand, and I think they are financial
    pressures, and I think that is what's driving Lenny."  In Denver,
    Norm Clarke writes, "Giraldi did not elaborate, but he might have
    been pointing at Dykstra's past problems with gambling" (ROCKY
    MOUNTAIN NEWS, 2/13).  Red Sox OF Mike Greenwell was asked about
    both Dykstra's comments and those of teammate Mo Vaughn, who
    called for a secret ballot to validate the strike:  "I've never
    seen Lenny Dykstra at a meeting and I've never seen Mo Vaughn at
    a meeting. ... The union invites guys to call and complain, but
    it doesn't do any good to complain in the media" (BOSTON GLOBE,
    2/13).  MLBPA Exec Dir Donald Fehr said Dykstra will attend the
    players meeting in Orlando this week (WASHINGTON POST, 2/14).
         TODAY'S HAPPENINGS:  Senate Judiciary Chair Orrin Hatch and
    Sen. Pat Moynihan introduce a bill today that would repeal
    baseball's antitrust exemption as it applies to labor matters.
    The bill excludes the minor leagues and would not affect MLB's
    ability to control franchise relocation.  Hatch is expected to be
    able get the bill to the Senate floor for a vote.  But,
    "prospects in the House are weaker" (Mike Dodd, USA TODAY, 2/14).
    MLBPA Exec Dir Donald Fehr meets with Special Mediator William
    Usery today in Washington.

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         The United Baseball League, which hopes to begin play in
    '96, will announce six charter franchises today -- Los Angeles,
    New Orleans, New York, San Juan, Vancouver and Washington.  The
    league has scheduled a telephone news conference to make the
    announcement.  The New Orleans team will reportedly play at the
    Superdome, the Washington team at RFK Stadium, the Vancouver team
    at B.C. Place and the San Juan team will play at Hiram Bithorn
    Stadium (Toronto GLOBE & MAIL, 2/14).  As for L.A., two sites
    under consideration are the L.A. Coliseum and a stadium in the
    Riverside-San Bernadino area.  Three sites are under
    consideration in New York:  Brooklyn, Northern NJ and the Nassau-
    Suffolk County border on Long Island (VANCOUVER SUN, 2/14).
         ARE ALL THE I'S DOTTED?  In Vancouver, B.C. Place officials
    indicated "that any rumored deal is far from being done."  B.C.
    Place GM Neil Campbell, after being told about the AP report that
    has the UBL announcing its franchise cities:  "We have not made
    any arrangements with the United League. ... Officials from the
    United League have talked to us and looked at our stadium.  But
    so far we have not heard from any specific owner and there's been
    no work done on a lease arrangement or on other terms."  The UBL
    is organized by former MLBPA official Dick Moss and former U.S.
    Rep. Bob Mrazek.  The league hopes to begin the '96 season with
    8-12 franchises (Terry Bell, Vancouver PROVINCE, 2/14).

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