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MLB OWNERS PUSH TO KEEP PIRATES FROM HEADING TO DC
Published September 14, 1995
Baseball's owners, meeting in Detroit, "are pushing hard" to keep the Pirates in Pittsburgh, writes Peter Schmuck in this morning's Baltimore SUN. Schmuck reports that NL President Len Coleman is "guardedly optimistic" that Sacramento newspaper heir Kevin McClatchy will make a successful bid for the club and keep it in Pittsburgh. However, Schmuck reports that "if the McClatchy deal does not materialize," William Collins' Northern VA group "is poised to make a bid." It "appears to be a no-lose situation for Collins" -- while owners may block a move for the Pirates, he "stands an excellent chance" of gaining one of the two expansion franchises expected to be awarded in '97 or '98. Orioles Owner Peter Angelos is opposed to baseball in DC, but Schmuck writes that such a move "might be the way the other owners punish him for his unwillingness to go along with their hard-line labor strategy" (Baltimore SUN, 9/14). McClatchy agreed with Pittsburgh officials yesterday on a lease to keep the team in Pittsburgh that includes $6.5M in lease concessions, an $8M loan in exchange for a promise not to move the team if money for a new stadium is secured by 2000. McClatchy also was given a two-day extension to make a deal. The deadline is September 22 (AP/WASHINGTON POST, 9/14).