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BASEBALL HELD HOSTAGE -- PART II: NEWS FROM SIX MARKETS
Published March 6, 1995
BOSTON: Red Sox announcer Sean McDonough has "no qualms" about calling replacement games: "I doubt if the Players Association ever honored anyone else's strike -- like the umpires' -- so why would anyone honor theirs?" (Jim Baker, BOSTON HERALD, 3/3). BALTIMORE: Sports law specialists agree that Orioles Owner Peter Angelos should strike first in a potential legal battle over the use of replacement players by seeking a declaratory judgment that would forbid the AL from forcing him to use strikebreakers during the regular season (Brad Snyder, Baltimore SUN, 3/4). In NEWSWEEK, Mark Starr notes that minor leaguers and other players hold Angelos "in high respect" for his position (NEWSWEEK, 3/13 issue). But Peter Gammons calls Angelos the "biggest phony in the equation": "If Angelos had been willing to put in the time of a John Harrington or a Jerry McMorris, he could have protected his investment better" (BOSTON GLOBE, 3/5). FLORIDA: Marlins Owner Wayne Huizenga said he would rather not have the players back without a labor agreement in place: "What's to think we will make any progress if the players come back to work?" (MIAMI HERALD, 3/4). NEW YORK: New York sponsors "aren't buying" replacement ball. WFAN VP & GM Joel Hollander: "All hell will break loose at the end of the month if replacements are still playing." Meanwhile, local Midas Mufflers dealers will not purchase time for either NYC teams' replacement games. Chemical Bank, which spent $1M on spots during Mets games last year is negotiating with the team over a new agreement. Chemical Exec VP Charles McCabe: "The only formula to renegotiate our costs is based on lower attendance and the cost of tickets" (Richard Sandomir, N.Y. TIMES, 3/6)....Yankees Owner George Steinbrenner wants to know if "his front office was informed fairly" about the rules on replacements (Jeff Bradley, N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 3/4). PHILADELPHIA: The Phillies are planning to feature the 25th anniversary of Veterans Stadium as part of their ad campaign -- "strike or no strike." The ads will highlight memorable moments in the stadium's history (Dave Caldwell, PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 3/5). TEXAS: Rangers GM Doug Melvin had a warning for any free agents interested in signing with the team after the strike ends. Melvin will question players about their attitudes toward the strike, and anybody "bent on making trouble for players who appeared in exhibition games will not be welcome in Texas" (FORT WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, 3/4).