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LABOR NEGOTIATIONS HIT A SNAG? MLB NEWS AND NOTES
Published May 10, 1996
MLB owners and players could be heading for an impasse in labor negotiations that "could put both sides back in the courtroom," according to Hal Bodley of USA TODAY. The owners negotiating committee met Thursday to discuss "what little progress had been made in bargaining talks and where to go next." Bodley writes that if management decides an impasse has been reached and attempts to implement terms of its last proposal, it would have to appear before U.S. District Judge Sonia Sotomayor, who issued the injunction in March '95 that ended the players strike (USA TODAY, 5/10). NEWS AND NOTES: Acting Commissioner Bud Selig on Bret Butler's throat cancer possibly caused by chewing tobacco: "I hope we can pick up the intensity. This is such a horrible habit." Selig said he was unaware that Milwaukee County Stadium provided chewing tobacco free in the visitors clubhouse. Selig: "It shouldn't be. Let (the players) bring it themselves" (Michael Silverman, BOSTON HERALD, 5/9)....L.A. TIMES columnist Mike Downey writes on the "good years" of Adolf Hitler. Downey: "Everybody called him Adolf "Designated" Hitler backed then, which made him laugh and laugh, even though the DH hadn't been introduced to baseball yet. The guy was always way ahead of his time that way. It's all there in the new book, 'Hitler: The Good Years' (on sale at Riverfront Stadium)" (L.A. TIMES, 5/10).