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BASEBALL HELD HOSTAGE II: REACTIONS FROM AROUND THE COUNTRY
Published February 9, 1995
ANGELS OWNER JACKIE AUTRY reacting to Labor Secretary Robert Reich's statement that using replacement players would be "anathema and unacceptable": "I'm not a crystal ball gazer or a tea leaf reader, but everything I've read has indicated the fans would be receptive to replacement players" (ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER, 2/9). BREWER PITCHER BOB SCANLAN: "When the President of the United States puts his fist down and doesn't get anywhere with the owners, the only solution left is Congress removing the antitrust exemption" (MILWAUKEE SENTINEL, 2/9). CHICAGO TRIBUNE'S BOB VERDI: "So where does baseball go now to save itself? The Vatican?" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 2/9). CUBS PRESIDENT ANDY MACPHAIL: "Our commander-in-chief told [Usery] to get the parties back together and gave him a big stick to offer a recommendation if he felt there was no progress. After a month, he makes that recommendation, and then the president leaves him" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 2/9). JIM PALMER, former Oriole, at the opening of the Ted Williams Museum: "The players want what they want, they're very selfish. The owners want what they want, they're very selfish" ("CBS This Morning," 2/9). MIAMI HERALD'S DAN LA BATARD: "Some Rutgers students are strong enough to stop a game but our country's president isn't strong enough to start one" (MIAMI HERALD, 2/9). PETER GAMMONS: "With today's attention spans, people can learn in a hurry to move over and watch 'Beavis and Butthead' and forget all about baseball" (CBS, 2/9). RED SOX CEO JOHN HARRINGTON: "The President found out ... that he should not have gotten involved. ... He had no authority to act" (CBS, 2/8). ROCKIES OWNER JERRY MCMORRIS: "As much as I hate to think about it, (the players) are validating the use of replacement players. They don't bargain. They refuse to compromise. They trash one of the more respected mediators in the country because they don't like his recommendation on an agreement. We just have to do ahead with alternate plans" (ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS, 2/9). SENATE JUDICIARY CHAIR ORRIN HATCH: "I really believe that there is a small click of owners who want to stick it to the players so they can dominate this game without having the players have virtually any say in the game" (ABC, 2/8).