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BASEBALL HELD HOSTAGE -- PART II: NEWS FROM 10 MARKETS

     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).
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