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BASEBALL HELD HOSTAGE -- PART II: NEWS FROM SIX MARKETS
Published March 3, 1995
CHICAGO: After refusing to play in exhibition games, Michael Jordan left White Sox camp in a "surprising move." Jordan walked out only hours after he and other Sox minor leaguers were told they would be separated from those who will play. As he left, Jordan told a reporter he was "going home" to Chicago and "wasn't sure when he'd be back" (Paul Sullivan, CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 3/3). Columnist Bernie Lincicome on Jordan's departure: "He is in the position of being used, not for his ability, but for his celebrity, not something he has always avoided doing himself. Maybe simply the last thing he wanted to be was ironic" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 3/3). MINNESOTA: Beginning Sunday, WCCO Radio plans to broadcast 10 spring games. Midwest Sports Channel and WCCO-TV don't plan to broadcast any games, "although MSC might pick up games" between the Twins and Red Sox that are broadcast by NESN (AP/Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 3/2). NEW YORK: During individual meetings with their minor- leaguers yesterday, the Mets learned that more than two-thirds will "honor the union's stance and not play" (N.Y. POST, 3/3)....WABC will reportedly not air tomorrow's Mets-Yankees game and "may cancel the two following broadcasts" (Bob Raissman, N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 3/3). OAKLAND/S.F.: Chevron, "one of the biggest sponsors" of A's and Giants broadcasts, will continue to advertise during replacement ball because of "guaranteed rating deliveries." The guarantees ensure the company the rates paid for games during the strike will be directly tied to the size of the audience (SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 3/3). SEATTLE: The Mariners, who begin play in the Cactus League today, have hired 34 substitutes and are "expecting to sprinkle in" the 20 or so minor leaguers who yesterday told the club that "they will cross the line despite union pressure to resist" (SEATTLE POST INTELLIGENCER, 3/3). TEXAS: Rangers President Tom Schieffer, on replacement baseball: "A lot of people would like for it to be a disaster, but I don't think it will. I think people will find that baseball is baseball and that if teams are competitive and the players play hard, the games will be fun to watch" (T.R. Sullivan, FORT WORTH STAR TELEGRAM, 3/3).