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HARRINGTON GUARANTEES MLB EXPANSION FOR NORTHERN VIRGINIA
Published February 22, 1995
Red Sox CEO John Harrington, who heads MLB's expansion committee, reportedly told VA Senator John Warner that Northern VA will "definitely" get a MLB expansion franchise, according to this morning's WASHINGTON TIMES. Warner Staff Director Grayson Winterling said that during a recent meeting on Capitol Hill, Harrington told Warner that baseball would be back in the DC area. Winterling: "The worst-case scenario would be that [Northern VA] would be the third one selected. ... We're taking the man at his word." MLB owners are expected to award two of four expansion teams by the end of March. According to Winterling, support of legislation that would weaken or do away with baseball's antitrust exemption would "not help efforts" to land a franchise: "They made it clear you're going to get an expansion franchise. But don't rock the boat." A team would play at RFK Stadium until a ballpark in Northern VA could be completed (Thom Loverro, WASHINGTON TIMES, 2/22) OTHER EXPANSION NOTES: Peter Gammons reports that a yes vote for Quebec secession in June could push the Expos out of Canada: "Don't be surprised if the Expos end up in St. Petersburg, with Northern Virginia the National League expansion team" (BOSTON GLOBE, 2/19)....Jayson Stark notes that the owners' expected yes vote on expansion will not deal with the question of whether to add two teams to the same league or one to each league. Stark: "If they go to 15 teams in each league, they have to go to interleague play. And that means another DH fight. Plus, the Royals and Astros both are fighting a potential switch from Central to West divisions, depending on where the new teams wind up. So look out" (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 2/19).