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MACPHAIL LEADS MLB OWNERSHIP'S HARD LINE ON SERVICE TIME
Published March 26, 1996
Cubs President & CEO Andy MacPhail has become the unofficial spokesperson on the issue of granting the players service time for the '94-95 strike, and his message is: "The game will be shut down again before the players union gets service time for days it was on strike." MacPhail, who offered to become a point man on the issue at last week's owners' meetings in Phoenix: "They didn't play. There was no revenue generated, the game suffered considerably because of the strike. ... They are not entitled to it. The fact they got it in '81 is idiotic. If anyone is holding on to expectations that (they deserve it because of past years), I would like to hear a rational explanation for it." One reason MacPhail is speaking out is because service time is not an "official negotiating subject," and neither MLBPA Exec Dir Don Fehr nor MLB spokespersons are able to comment on the matter. MacPhail, on the chances for compromise: "Zero" (Dave Van Dyk, CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 3/26). BRIGHTER SIDE: In the new issue of GQ, Peter Richmond examines the state of baseball through the eyes of Ken Griffey Jr., Buck O'Neill, Ernie Banks and Mike Veeck. Richmond writes, "If baseball really wants to promote itself, it should freeze Ken Griffey's expression when he's talking about his games. Any of his games. And plaster it on billboards" (GQ, 4/96 issue).