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BASEBALL'S BACK II: NO TAKERS FOR GENE ORZA FAN CLUB
Published May 1, 1995
MLBPA General Counsel Gene Orza continues to receive criticism for holding out the possibility that the players would boycott the All-Star Game if the owners again renege on the pension fund payment. For his part, Orza claims he responded to a hypothetical posed to him by a USA TODAY reporter. But others in baseball amnd the media made a point of the poor timing. Rangers President Tom Schieffer, whose team hosts this year's game: "It would be nice if Mr. Orza will let us play baseball for a while. We have plenty of time to get into an argument. We're going to play the All-Star Game. I think he knows that" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 4/28). In New York, Bill Madden writes that Orza "knows the owners have no intentions of creating another public relations boondoggle for themselves by holding back the pension payment. He also knows the owners are privately in agreement that failing to make the payment last year was just plain stupid" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 4/30). In L.A., Ross Newhan writes, "It would seem to be an issue that could have waited beyond opening day" (L.A. TIMES, 4/30). N.Y. TIMES' William Rhoden called Orza's comments "absolutely insane." NEWSDAY columnist Mike Lupica, who said he counts Orza as a friend, added that if any union officials "talk about boycotts of the All Star game or strikes, they ought to be fired" ("Sports Reporters," ESPN, 4/30).