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

     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).
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