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SELIG TELLS GM'S LABOR PROPOSAL IS FORTHCOMING
Published November 14, 1995
Acting MLB Commissioner Bud Selig told MLB GMs at their annual meeting in Scottsdale, AZ, that owners "would soon make a new labor proposal to the players union," according to this morning's MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL. Selig denied reports owners and players are engaged in a game of "chicken" in which neither side makes an offer and the owners hold out until players' salaries fall further. Selig: "Both sides get hurt by waiting." However, Selig offered no timetable for an offer, saying only "sometime in the near future." He added that he sees a "much more mature and sophisticated understanding on both sides" and that there "absolutely" will be revenue-sharing after a new labor deal (Tom Haudricourt, MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL, 11/14). PAYROLL NUMBERS: Payroll figures for the 28 MLB teams were presented to the GMs yesterday. Computed by MLB's Players Relations Committee, the numbers show overall payroll at $897,848,013 -- a $19M rise from '94. However, Murray Chass notes that figure is based on more players this year than last. The average salary ($1,089,621) is 5.6% less than '94. Final awards bonuses were not figured into the figures (N.Y. TIMES, 11/14). THE NUMBERS FOR EACH TEAM: Yankees $54,889,849 Giants $33,656,183 Reds 46,763,886 Astros 33,539,668 Orioles 46,439,636 A's 31,367,722 Braves 46,423,444 Phillies 29,583,350 Blue Jays 41,833,500 Tigers 28,322,167 Indians 39,088,500 Royals 28,108,834 Rockies 37,964,871 Cardinals 27,461,500 Red Sox 37,002,750 Padres 24,801,334 Mariners 36,819,610 Marlins 22,786,781 Dodgers 36,480,201 Pirates 17,379,333 White Sox 36,435,782 Brewers 17,057,384 Rangers 35,601,226 Twins 14,509,000 Angels 33,802,667 Mets 13,040,444 Cubs 33,731,834 Expos 12,956,557 TAKING EXEMPTION: Tracy Ringolsby notes the significance of MLB's antitrust exemption on franchise stability (ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS, 11/12). But Peter Gammons notes Selig says two or three MLB teams will relocate in the next "couple of years." Gammons says Montreal is one, and a Bay area team is another (BOSTON GLOBE, 11/13).