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THE STEINBRENNER PLAN: REORGANIZE BASEBALL'S TOP LEVEL
Published May 10, 1995
Yankees Owner George Steinbrenner will reportedly suggest a reorganization of baseball's hierarchy during the owners meeting today in Chicago, according to USA TODAY's Hal Bodley. Under the Steinbrenner plan, acting MLB Commissioner Bud Selig would become full-time commissioner and AL President Gene Budig and NL President Len Coleman would become dual chief operating officers. Selig said that while he "appreciated George's support," he has not changed his mind on going full-time (USA TODAY, 5/10). It also appears owners are attempting to convince Rob Manfred to accept a full-time job with the Players Relation Committee and become their lead negotiator. Manfred is a partner in the Washington office of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius -- the firm of record for MLB's labor relations issues and employer of former PRC head Chuck O'Connor. In addition, one MLB owner reports that MLB Properties has received "several telephone calls" from advertisers worried that the players will boycott the All-Star Game if the owners fail to guarantee a pension payment (AP/ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 5/10). GO 'SPOS: The Expos' three-game series against the Marlins outdrew the Yankees' three-game series against the Brewers, 76,003 to 60,796 (USA TODAY, 5/10). The success of small-market teams is examined by George Vescey in today's N.Y. TIMES. Vecsey writes, "I'm not so sure television money is everything. ... It's too soon to be proclaimed a trend, but it bears watching" (N.Y. TIMES, 5/10). GAMMONS' "DIAMOND NOTES": ESPN's Peter Gammons reports that the Padres' experiment with Fernando Valenzuela -- designed to bring in more fans from Tijuana generated only 50 additional ticket sales for Valenzuela's last start. "The Fernando Marketing Experience" will continue for one more start, with the team looking to bring up more pitching prospects....The Angels are holding off on trading Mark Langston because that several in the organization believe that recent interest from Disney in buying the team "will result in their pushing Peter Ueberroth out of the way and bringing in heavier entertainment investment dollars"....The Angels are inviting players Chili Davis and Tim Salmon to sit in on management meetings "to try and foster some understanding of what management tries to do." Also, Giants Owner Peter Magowan and his players split the cost of a park for inner-city youth. Gammons called those moves: "Two small steps for baseball's mankind" ("SportsCenter," 5/9).