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COLEMAN EYES SCHOTT REPLACEMENT AS ALLEN TAKES INTERIM HELM
Published June 14, 1996
NL President Leonard Coleman said he plans to meet with Reds Owner Marge Schott early next week to begin selecting a managing executive to run the team, according to Hal Bodley of USA TODAY. Coleman and Schott are to find an agreed upon successor within 60 days as part of the deal in which Schott gave up control of the team through the '98 season. Pirates President Mark Sauer, former Angels President Richard Brown and Dick Wagner, former President and GM of the Reds and Astros, are all mentioned as candidates (USA TODAY, 6/13). Interim CEO John Allen said yesterday, "One thing I will make clear and it's been made very clear to me, I'm not a puppet here. I will be making some decisions and there will be some changes made" ("SportsCenter," ESPN, 6/13). Allen said he will run more promotions and try to increase attendance at Riverfront Stadium. He wants to "liven up the music played during games, possibly reduce ticket prices" and put up banners acknowledging the Reds World Championships. Allen: "We have no recognition that we won a World Series" (WASHINGTON TIMES, 6/14). SPIN WHEEL: More media reaction on the deal between MLB and Schott. In Cleveland, Bud Shaw writes Schott should have only given up control of the Reds "if the fake commissioner can say (without his nose growing) that she has hurt the game worse the canceling the World Series did" (Cleveland PLAIN-DEALER, 6/13). In Hartford, Dennis Horgan writes MLB owners "have managed to beat up this pathetic women, a dolt by common acclaim. After making a terrible mess of the best sport ... they can now swagger around in hollow bravado" (HARTFORD COURANT, 6/14). In St. Louis, Bernie Miklasz notes that "everyone involved" in the Schott matter "behaved poorly," from Schott, owners, media, and Acting Commissioner Bud Selig. Miklasz writes Selig "shows no strength in confronting baseball's major problems" (ST. LOUIS POST- DISPATCH, 6/14). But in DC, Thomas Boswell notes Selig "finally did something right." Boswell: "The game's owners, through their Executive Council, were not attacking Schott's free speech. They were defending their own legitimate self-interests" (WASHINGTON POST, 6/14).