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BASEBALL EXPANSION COMMITTEE INVITES CITIES TO GIVE UPDATES
Published March 3, 1995
In what may be an effort "to protect itself" against complaints that "groups did not get a chance to be heard," the five finalists for baseball expansion will give brief updates before the MLB expansion committee Tuesday before the committee makes its final recommendation. The owners are expected to award two franchises at their meetings March 7-9 in Palm Beach, with Tampa Bay and Phoenix "widely considered the favorites" (Marc Topkin, ST. PETERSBURG TIMES, 3/3). But USA TODAY's Hal Bodley reports, "It's no better than 50-50 that ownership will be asked to vote on the two cities at this meeting." Bodley also notes the questions the committee is facing on where to place the new teams. Because of the lack of a fifth team in both Western divisions, "Both leagues need Phoenix." However, Bodley notes that two leagues of 15 teams would create a need for inter- league play -- thus raising the DH question. Bodley expects the franchises the be awarded before Phoenix's April 1 deadline for stadium financing and then "set the fee ($140 million) and keep the newcomers hanging for awhile as to which league they'll play in" (USA TODAY, 3/3).