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BASEBALL NO CLOSER TO DEAL WITH UMPS
Published April 19, 1995
Robert Kheel, lead negotiator for MLB in its labor dispute with locked out umpires, said there must be a settlement within "the next couple days" for the umpires to be ready for Opening Day. The MLBUA delivered a new proposal on Monday, but Kheel said there were no talks yesterday. Kheel: "We're substantially apart still" (Mark Maske, WASHINGTON POST, 4/19). MLBUA General Counsel Richie Phillips made an offer that the umpires would return to work if the owners agreed to continue negotiations until a new CBA is reached. Phillips "said he has been assured there will be support from players and that President Clinton will not cross picket lines to throw out the first pitch opening day." But White House spokesperson Ginny Terzano said no decision has been made. MLB spokesperson Rich Levin: "As far as I know, the president has not been invited to attend any of the openers" (Hal Bodley, USA TODAY, 4/19). FEHR SOFTENS COLLUSION TALK: MLBPA Exec Dir Don Fehr "downplayed" comments he made regarding a union investigation of collusion among owners on players' salaries this spring. Fehr said the union "always reviews" for possible collusion, but that they have no specific evidence relating to this spring (Mark Maske, WASHINGTON POST, 4/19).