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BASEBALL HELD HOSTAGE -- PART II: NEWS FROM 10 MARKETS
Published March 2, 1995
BALTIMORE: The MD Senate passed two bills, one that would ban games at Camden Yards this season unless 75% of the players were on MLB rosters last season, and another to prohibit advertising at games that use replacement players. The bills were sponsored by Sen. John Pica, an attorney in Orioles Owner Peter Angelos' law firm. Also: The Baltimore City Council discussed a bill that would fine replacement teams $1,000 per game for playing at Camden Yards (Baltimore SUN, 3/2)....The AL and NL jointly announced they would cancel the O's first 12 spring games because of the team's refusal to play with replacements (WASHINGTON POST, 3/2). CALIFORNIA: CNN's Mark Morgan reported that "about 1,500 fans were on hand" at the Angels/Arizona State game in Tempe ("Sports Tonight," CNN, 3/1). ESPN reported that 2,100 tickets had been sold ("SportsCenter," ESPN, 3/1). CINCINNATI: CNN's Fred Hickman reported 16 players left Reds camp, including former MLBers Scott Scudder and Kurt Stillwell. Hickman said Owner Marge Schott rooted on those who stayed, saying, "You are not wimps out there, you guys are men" ("Sports Tonight," 3/1). HOUSTON: Astros Owner Drayton McLane says that "while he felt sympathy for minor league players" and their tough situation, he held open the possibility of suspending those that refuse to play (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 2/28). LOS ANGELES: The Dodgers-Yankees exhibition opener tonight in Ft. Lauderdale would be a great picket opportunity, says Bob Nightengale in today's L.A. TIMES. "It features the nation's two biggest markets and baseball's two most prestigious organizations" (L.A. TIMES. 3/2). MONTREAL: Yesterday, the Canadian Government changed existing labor regulations to allow the Expos to use replacement players at home. Paul Cavalluzzo, a lawyer who represents the MLBPA in Canada: "I call it the Brochu Amendment. It's unbelievable. It's the most specifically tailored law I've ever seen" (TORONTO SUN, 2/3). OAKLAND: The A's announced their Ticket Fest '95 promotion yesterday, predicting that with the team's April prices reduced 62%-78%, "the A's ticket office expects fans in full force." Ticket Fest coincides with the first day of single-game ticket sales on March 11 at 8am. Activities include clubhouse tours, complementary food and beverages, on-field activities, a "ball scramble" for prizes and a $100,000 little league "Run the Bases" contest (Athletics). ST. LOUIS: Cardinals Manager Joe Torre is profiled in this week's SI as a "voice of reason." Torre, "a key figure in the growth of the players' union in the late 1960s," says there has been a "change in the rank and file": "We were players, we were athletes. Players today are celebrities. My problem with the players is they don't understand the history of all this. They think the players' association began when they got to the big leagues. They think, 'I have it coming to me'" (Tim Kurkjian, SI, 3/6 issue). TEXAS: Four more players left rangers camp raising the number to 20, an MLB high. Rangers GM Doug Melvin, on those who left: "It will be a long season for them, or unemployment" (FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, 3/2). TORONTO: The Blue Jays minor leaguers will not face replacement players. Team spokesperson Howie Starkman: "We won't even need minor-leaguers now that those split-squad games have been cancelled" (TORONTO SUN, 3/2).