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WILL REGULAR UMPS BE THERE TO CALL "PLAY BALL"?
Published April 20, 1995
Robert Kheel, the lead management negotiator in labor talks with locked out umpires, said "he expects the two sides to inch closer toward a deal within the next day or so," according to today's WASHINGTON POST. But Kheel, who exchanged proposals yesterday with MLBUA General Counsel Richie Phillips, is unsure whether a deal can be done to have the umpires ready for Opening Day. Terms of the new proposals were not disclosed. Kheel also said that umpires will not be allowed to return without a new CBA unless they take a no-strike pledge (Mark Maske, WASHINGTON POST, 4/20). Phillips said they will not offer such a pledge "under any circumstances" (Hal Bodley, USA TODAY, 4/20). Phillips, on management's proposal: "I'd have to characterize [it] as an offer that was intended to stimulate negotiations." But A management source "said there had been less progress than Phillips indicated" (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 4/20).