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BASEBALL HELD HOSTAGE -- DAY 197: AROUND THE HORN
Published February 24, 1995
ATLANTA -- OWNER WITH A HEART: Braves Owner Ted Turner said the players are bound to break first: "They won't come back all at once, but some of the players will need the money. They aren't as rich as we are. We'll outlast 'em." Turner went on to refer to his star Greg Maddux as "that fellow who keeps winning Cy Youngs" (N.Y. TIMES, 2/24). BOSTON -- GOOD FIELD, NO POWER: Myles Calvey, business manager at the Int'l Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Union Local 2222: "We don't support scabs. So, if they have any problems with telephones at Fenway Park, we won't fix it." Red Sox Dir of Marketing Larry Cancro: "All we can do is make contingency plans as best we can and try to serve the fans" (Diane Lewis, BOSTON GLOBE, 2/23). CHICAGO -- JORDAN RULES: Michael Jordan won't play in exhibition games, but he still expresses sympathy for minor- league colleagues: "I don't care who you are or how big you are in the major leagues, you've got these little people down here feeling the brunt of what's happening up there. There's got to be some sensitivity to that. Don't put them in the middle of an ego fight" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 2/24). CINCINNATI -- "NO-WIN SITUATION": ESPN profiled how the Reds are dealing with the minor league issue. Reds GM Jim Bowden: "If Mr. Fehr is going to stoop to the level to try to have these minor leaguer kids not play I think it is mean spirited, I think it is unfair, I think it is unjust." Former Player Rep/Reds Coach Ray Knight: "I don't think these young kids should be punished. ... It is a no-win situation for them, it really is." Former major leaguer Kurt Stillwell, who is in the Reds camp: "There are a lot of organizations out there. There is only one union. It is a tough situation" ("SportsCenter," ESPN, 2/23). DETROIT -- SKITTISH SPONSORS: Mike Feeney, GM of WJR, the Tigers' radio partner, said many sponsors "are concerned over what replacement baseball will mean and what the ratings will be. So I think it's fair to say that we're flexible in negotiating with all of our sponsors at this point" (Steve Crowe, DETROIT FREE PRESS, 2/24). MONTREAL -- GOV'T TO OK GAMES: Canadian Federal immigration rules will be changed to allow the Expos to use replacement players. "Citing unnamed sources, the CBC said the Liberal government wants to avoid losing the team and its economic benefits during a year when Quebec is holding a referendum on separating from Canada" (TORONTO SUN, 2/24). NEW YORK -- YANKS' WAY OR HIGHWAY: The Yankees sent home three minor-leaguers who refused to play in spring games. Yankees AA pitcher Brian Faw: "A lot of the time, the small guy gets used" (Jack Curry, N.Y. TIMES, 2/24). ST. LOUIS -- MR. NICE GUY: Cardinals GM Walt Jocketty has not threatened to send any minor-leaguers home if they don't play, but says: "I wanted to make it very clear to the kids that we're going to support them and back them. But they also have to remember they have to support us and back us" (Rick Hummel, ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, 2/24). SAN FRANCISCO -- NO DECISION: Giants officials still have not decided whether they ask minor leaguers to play in major league exhibition games. An AP survey shows that 2/3 of minor leaguers around the league say they will boycott spring replacement games (SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 2/24).