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OWNERS TO TALK OF RETURN TO THE BARGAINING TABLE?

     MLB owners will meet in Chicago on Wednesday with the topic
of a return to the bargaining table to renew labor negotiations
reportedly on the agenda.  According to the USA TODAY's Hal
Bodley, the owners are also expected to "approve 1994 pension
payments to the union that were not made last summer" (USA TODAY,
5/9).  ESPN's Chris Berman added:  "Maybe they'll discuss
changing their legal team, which could be challenging the '88
Orioles for worst start of a season" ("Baseball Tonight," ESPN,
5/8).
     FEHR SAYS ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE:  MLBPA Exec Dir Donald Fehr
was interviewed on PRIME's "Talking Baseball with Ed Randall."
Fehr said he did not think players would boycott the July 11 All-
Star Game, but he wouldn't rule out the possibility of another
strike later in the season.  Fehr: "There are no 100% guarantees
in life."  Fehr stressed in that although "energies are focused
on trying to get an agreement," the union would not close of any
of its options during the season.  The interview will be shown on
Prime Network and SportsChannel this week (ST. LOUIS POST-
DISPATCH/AP, 5/8).  Agent Tom Reich was interviewed on PRIME's
"Press Box" last night.  Reich: "We can not heal this game until
there is a new labor agreement, one.  And, two, the parties [have
to] try and get along and try and repair this sport, because it
trails the other sports.  This is the national was-time."  On the
present atmosphere: "Negotiating contracts right now is like
trying to do a lease deal in the middle of Bosnia" ("Press Box,"
5/8).
     SPARKY A BUD FAN:  Despite his refusal to manage replacement
players, Sparky Anderson is an admirer of Acting Commissioner Bud
Selig.  Anderson: "Bud is an outstanding man who's been under a
tremendous amount of pressure.  But there aren't many other men
I've known in this business whose friendship I cherish more and
whom I respect as much as Bud" (Drew Sharp, DETROIT FREE PRESS,
5/9).
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