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The MLBUA received their first proposal from management since the American and National Leagues locked out the umpires on January 1. Both sides refused to disclose details. Management negotiator Robert Kheel said he offered the umpires "inducements" to moderate their salary demands. MLBUA General Counsel Richie Phillips: "The proposal was not enough of a move on their part to give me optimism that there's going to be a quick resolution to this dispute. But it was certainly meaningful to the extent that it stimulates negotiations" (Murray Chass, N.Y. TIMES, 4/14). ESPN's Karl Ravech: "Little progress was made" ("Baseball Tonight," 4/13). O's Owner Peter Angelos notified the AL he will field a team while umps are locked out (Balt. SUN, 4/14). IT'S SPRING, AND ALL IS WELL: The ST. PETE TIMES reports that spring training opened averaging about 3,750, down from last year's 6,202 average, "but not bad for a weekday start to the second exhibition season of the spring" (Marc Topkin, ST. PETERSBURG TIMES, 4/14). CNN's Mark Morgan on the first day of spring training games: "It was as if baseball had never been away. The fans returned to ballparks all across the sunshine state of Florida because the game they love is back" ("Sports Tonight," CNN, 4/13). TAKE THAT, DON: ESPN's Karl Ravech, on the forgotten replacement players: "But Don Fehr seems determined to make sure his players do not. Fehr said on Thursday the Association will likely give its players a master list of replacement players. It's not like they were a secret, they were in the newspaper. Perhaps this seemingly immature decision guaranteed to create unrest rather than peace sheds some light on why we do not have a collective bargaining agreement" ("Baseball Tonight," ESPN, 4/13).