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PLAYERS, OWNERS AGREE THAT ALL-STAR GAME WILL BE PLAYED
Published May 22, 1995
In a joint announcement released Friday, MLB and the MLBPA said that they have "resolved their dispute regarding non-payment of welfare and pension fund contributions from last August," thus assuring that the All-Star Game, scheduled for July 11 in Arlington, TX, will be played. Under the deal, the clubs will contribute $8.2M to the Benefits Fund no later than June 1 and another $7.8M following the Game. MLBPA Exec Dir Don Fehr: "This is a first step, but a clear indication we can work together to reach agreements." Acting MLB Commissioner Bud Selig: "Both sides are now moving in a more positive direction." (MLB & MLBPA). The NLRB agreed to drop its unfair labor practice charge against the owners over last year's non-payment and also agreed to postpone a hearing today on other bad faith negotiating claims against the owners (Gerry Fraley, DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 5/20). The owners and players hope to settle the dispute over the owners' unilateral free agency and arbitration system out of court, as they did with the pension issue. The hearing on those complaints was put off until June 19 (Ross Newhan, L.A. TIMES, 5/20). TIME IS AT ISSUE: MLB's effort to speed up play and shorten games is examined by the PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER and the FORT WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM. In Philadelphia, Jayson Stark outlines former umpire Steve Palermo's seven-point plan, which includes not allowing the batter to leave the box, shortening the time between innings to two minutes, and elimination of the DH rule. Palermo: "We're at a time when players and owners are both saying to the fans, 'What can we do to get you back?' Well, this would be a great start" (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 5/21). The average game time this season is three hours and five minutes, up 12 minutes from the average for '94 (FORT WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, 5/20).