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BASEBALL'S WARRING PARTIES READY TO RESUME NEGOTIATIONS
Published August 1, 1995
In Minneapolis, Sid Hartman reports that there is "a chance" that the MLBPA will have a new offer to consider after today's MLB Exec Committee meeting in Chicago (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 8/1). One owner tells the N.Y. TIMES: "We're going to start talking economic issues with them as early as this week or next week." Baseball's players and the owners need the resuming labor negotiations "to get a deal and assure the fans peace in our time," writes Murray Chass in today's N.Y. TIMES. Chass continues, notes that, even without a salary cap, owners "could pay players as little as they want in many cases" and use that strategy to force the players "to accept whatever position they adopt. If the owners were to pursue that strategy, they would do so with the belief that the players would not strike again. Indeed, the players prefer a new agreement to a new work stoppage, but they are unlikely to accept a deal at any cost" (N.Y. TIMES, 8/1). LEGAL TEAMS: As of now, according to Chass, the legal lineup for both sides will be: Stanley Jaspan, Rob Manfred and Frank Coonelly for the owners, and Lauren Rich, Michael Weiner and Steve Fehr for the players. Chass notes the possibility that Randy Levine, currently New York City Commissioner of Labor Relations and former representative for the Yankees, could be added to the owners' legal team. If Levin is hired, it could be as head of the owners' negotiating committee (N.Y. TIMES, 8/1). NEW RULES: In San Francisco, Tim Keown writes on the recent anti-fan actions by such players as Jack McDowell and Chili Davis, "Two years ago, those incidents would have been insignificant, quirky sidelights, hardly front-page news. Not any more. The strike changed the rules, turned every incident into a further sign of deterioration, a small glimpse of the empire's decline" (S.F. CHRONICLE, 8/1).