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QUIET IS GOOD IN BASEBALL LABOR TALKS
Published August 28, 1995
The "first sign" that MLB's owners and players "are trying to work together to find a solution will be made public in the next couple of days," according to Tracy Ringolsby of the ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS. The owners have agreed to fund the players' pension plan in accordance with the old CBA, and in return, the players have agreed to play the postseason, according to a source close to the MLBPA. The result of post-strike strife "has been the expansion of the moderates among both owners and players eager for a deal" (ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS, 8/27). In Washington, however, Mark Maske reports the joint announcement hasn't happened because owners are yet to agree on an "ironclad commitment to make their contribution to the players' pension fund from postseason revenues" (WASHINGTON POST, 8/27). TOP TEN: NEWSDAY's Jon Heyman lists his top ten most powerful people in baseball. 1) Disney CEO MICHAEL OVITZ; 2) Acting Commissioner BUD SELIG; 3) MLBPA Exec Dir DON FEHR; 4) Would-be MLB President ARLAN KANTARIAN; 5) News Corp. Chair RUPERT MURDOCH; 6) Senate Judiciary Chairman ORRIN HATCH; 7) Yankees Owner GEORGE STEINBRENNER; 8) MLB TV negotiator BARRY FRANK; 9) Red Sox CEO JOHN HARRINGTON; 10) ESPN President & CEO STEVE BORNSTEIN (NEWSDAY, 8/27). NOT ON THE LIST: "Talking Baseball with Ed Randall" had former NY Gov. Mario Cuomo as a guest Friday. Cuomo on whether he would be interested in being Commissioner: "I don't think so. ... I think the owners essentially want an agent for the owners, and I don't blame them" (PRIME, 8/25).