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BASEBALL HELD HOSTAGE -- PART II: LOCKOUT LOSING STEAM?
Published March 29, 1995
According to a "high-ranking" management official, and union official and an outside labor lawyer with knowledge of the proceedings, Robert Ballow, a key legal adviser to the owners, "has recommended that the owners not lock out the players if they offer to end their seven-and-a-half-month strike and return to work." The management source: "I understand he suggests there should not be a lockout because it's too dangerous" (Murray Chass, N.Y. TIMES, 3/29). USA TODAY's Hal Bodley writes acting MLB Commissioner Bud Selig is likely to recommend against a lockout, and lists ten teams (Red Sox, Indians, Rockies, Dodgers, Mets, Yankees, Padres, Blue Jays, and possibly the Rangers) that are opposed (USA TODAY, 3/29). Rangers President Tom Schieffer said his club is still undecided on the lockout issue: "This is not a simple, fill-in-the-blanks order that a judge would issue" (Simon Gonzalez, FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, 3/29). Indians Owner Dick Jacobs told the PLAIN DEALER on Tuesday that he would "probably" vote for a lockout (Cleveland PLAIN DEALER, 3/28). In Atlanta, I.J. Rosenberg reports the Braves are among several clubs making "contingency" plans for an extended spring training (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 3/29). But ESPN's Gammons predicts "if the players get the injunction and try and come back, the owners are going to lock them out. ... I'm told it's very solid at 23-5. They can throw Cleveland and Florida around and Detroit as possible teams that would vote against it -- no way in any one of those three cases" ("SportsCenter," 3/28).