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MLB EXPANSION'S FATE TO BE DECIDED SOON
Published March 1, 1995
The fate of Major League Baseball expansion is expected to be decided next week as owners are scheduled to meet in Palm Beach, FL, beginning Tuesday. During the three-day meetings, the expansion committee "plans to recommend" that two clubs be added for the '98 season and two more teams, "perhaps in 2000." Baseball sources say the owners' decision to award Phoenix and Tampa-St. Petersburg "is all but final." The Northern VA group hoping for a team has asked that if the area isn't part of the first round of expansion, they be considered for the second round (Mark Maske, WASHINGTON POST, 3/1). Despite reports in the Tampa Bay area earlier this week that expansion may be delayed, hopeful Tampa-St. Pete owner Vince Naimoli and St. Pete City Administrator Rick Dodge said they "still expect owners to approve expansion and award teams to Tampa Bay and Phoenix next week" (Marc Topkin, ST. PETERSBURG TIMES, 3/1). ENTERTAINING TO IMPRESS: MLB officials will be visiting Orlando and Northern VA this week to assess the possibilities for getting a team. The group arrived in Orlando last night and will be entertained by Norton Herrick, the FL-based developer who is heading Orlando's bid. They then fly to Northern VA today where they will meet with Bill Collins, the the telecommunications exec who heads Virginia Baseball Inc., the more favored of the two Northern VA groups (Dan Tracy, ORLANDO SENTINEL, 2/28).