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BASEBALL HELD HOSTAGE -- PART II: REPORTS FROM 14 MARKETS
Published February 27, 1995
ATLANTA -- COX STEERS OWNERS' LINE: ESPN's Peter Gammons reported from the Braves spring training site. Braves Manager Bobby Cox: "I've worked for Ted Turner for an awful lot of years and he has paid the bills for me and my family for a long time now. You know, you signed on, you have to work." Braves President Stan Kasten, on the MLBPA's position on minor leaguers: "I think from the start this has been about how high we can get salaries, and how we can protect the people at the very top of the salary scale, with not a whole lot of thought given to the rest of the players in the industry" ("SportsCenter," 2/24). BALTIMORE -- NO FRIENDS, NO FOES: The Orioles' spring schedule "could be wiped out because of the organization's stance against replacement players, leaving the club's minor-leaguers with a month of intrasquad games" (Olney & Schmuck, Baltimore SUN, 2/26). Orioles Owner Peter Angelos, asked which teams he thinks will show: "Maybe nobody" (Mark Maske, WASHINGTON POST, 2/27). CALIFORNIA -- OPTIMISTIC AUTRY: Angels Owner Jackie Autry: "It's too early to tell, but every survey we've done shows fans will support replacement players because their anger is such that they may come out just to prove a point" (Mike DiGiovanna, L.A. TIMES, 2/26). CHICAGO -- CHECK THE MESSAGE BOARD: White Sox GM Ron Schueler said a meeting reportedly called by minor league pitcher Barry Johnson and attended by White Sox Player Rep Mike LaValliere had nothing to do with Johnson being asked to leave camp. Johnson had decided he wouldn't play in exhibition games. Schueler did say he didn't think minor leaguers needed to attend union meetings, but that he didn't care if they did. But Paul Sullivan writes, "The decision on Johnson could be intrepreted by some as a not-so-gentle persuader to stay away" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 2/27). CINCINNATI -- BIG-NAME ON THE WAY? Reds GM Jim Bowden said a "high-profile" player was headed into camp: "It's a big Cincinnati Reds name. It's a name you're not going to guess and it's going to shock you and excite you and do all kinds of things to your emotions." Guesses ranged from George Foster to Ted Power (CINCINNATI ENQUIRER, 2/27). DETROIT -- TAPE DELAY: While Channel 50 was to debut as the Tigers' TV outlet Saturday, the team may delay the first telecast until March 15 (DETROIT FREE PRESS, 2/27). LOS ANGELES -- RECIPE FOR SUCCESS: The Dodgers say they have a replacement team in place. Manager Tommy Lasorda: "It's like if you can't have pasta, you have to have something else, like pork chops" (L.A. TIMES, 2/25). MILWAUKEE -- Brewers Baseball Dir Sal Bando said "he will not issue ultimatums to play in exhibition games unless there aren't enough volunteers to field a team" (Tom Haudricourt, MILWAUKEE SENTINEL, 2/27). NEW YORK -- KING GEORGE SPEAKS: ESPN's Peter Gammons spoke with Yankees Owner George Steinbrenner for ESPN's "Sunday Conversation." Steinbrenner: "Teams like Minnesota, Milwaukee, Pittsburgh ... even Anaheim, I want to help those people. But I don't want to help some other teams. I don't want to help Montreal. ... If they [Montreal residents] don't want baseball, they don't want baseball." Steinbrenner believes lost paychecks will eventually force the players to return ("SportsCenter," ESPN, 2/26). Steinbrenner will be named to replace the Angels' Jackie Autry as one of the four AL owners on the MLB Executive Council at the March 7-9 owners meeting (N.Y. TIMES, 2/27). OAKLAND -- KEY ISSUE? A's Manager Tony LaRussa said the MLBPA's minors policy "could be the issue that brings things to a head" (Frank Blackman, S.F. EXAMINER, 2/27). PHILADELPHIA -- UNION MEN: Frank Fitzpatrick reports a "strong preference" among Phils' minor leaguers towards abiding by the MLBPA edict (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 2/25). SAN FRANCISCO -- GOOD COP/WORRIED COP: Giants GM Bob Quinn: "We're ready to roll. We like our numbers." Giants Asst GM Brain Sabean: "I just want to know who will say 'yes'" (Mark Gonzales, SAN JOSE MEFCURY NEWS, 2/26). SEATTLE -- EXTRA CHEESE? Mariners VP of Baseball Ops Woddy Woodward and Manager Lou Piniella met with 30 replacement players and 60 minor-leaguers over approx. 50 pizzas to outline the team's policy: Players who come forward will be given $100 per game plus an additional per diem of $80 (Jim Street, SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER, 2/27). TEXAS -- FIELD OF TEAMS? Rangers GM Doug Melvin is confident the club can field a replacement team despite 14 defections from camp over the past two days (T.R. Sullivan, FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, 2/27).