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BASEBALL STADIUM NEWS: REACTION TO BUDIG'S DECLARATION

     Following AL President Gene Budig's stated belief that six
AL cities will get approval to build new ballparks within the
next 18 months, Brewers VP Wendy Selig-Prieb said she is
encouraged by his optimism but hasn't shared any information with
Budig. Selig-Prieb: "I hope he is right.  I think he knows how
hard we are working to make this happen, and it is that effort
that has given him the level of confidence that he has" (Tom
Haudricourt, MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL, 6/8).  But Twins
President Jerry Bell questioned the timing of Budig's remarks.
Bell, quoted in this morning's Minneapolis STAR-TRIBUNE:  "He
sees himself making a mark in that area, and it's a lofty goal.
But we've got to get him on our page.  There are more serious
issues to resolve first."  Jim Souhan also notes one baseball
officials said 18 months "would be impossible in Minnesota"
(Minneapolis STAR-TRIBUNE, 6/8).  The ATLANTA CONSTITUTION
reports a "less definitive" NL President Leonard Coleman stated
the NL would like new stadiums in Cincinnati, Pittsburgh and San
Francisco with stadiums in Philadelphia and New York to follow
(AP/ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 6/8).
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