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IS MARGE MEDDLING? SELIG DENIES PROBE OF EXILED REDS OWNER
Published June 28, 1996
Acting MLB Commissioner Bud Selig denied a story that MLB is investigating whether exiled Reds Owner Marge Schott is "meddling" in the day-to-day affairs of the franchise. Selig did say NL President Len Coleman will be "monitoring the situation very closely." Coleman is in Cincinnati today to review compliance with MLB's edict (USA TODAY, 6/28). On Thursday, the DAYTON DAILY NEWS reported that Schott has been upset with new policies enacted under interim CEO John Allen. One Reds employee: "She was on a rampage, just sticking her nose into what everybody was doing and wondering why she didn't have any checks to sign." Another employee: "I've seen her ranting and raving and waving her arms in protest" (Hal McCoy, DAYTON DAILY NEWS, 6/28). An NL spokesperson told ESPN "they will not begin an investigation unless someone in the Reds organization issues a complaint" ("SportsCenter," ESPN, 6/27). NEWS & NOTES: Former minor league ump Craig Compton, fired in October '94 after being named the top umpire prospect a year earlier by Baseball America, has filed suit against the NL, AL, their counterparts in the minor leagues and the MLB Office for Umpire Development, alleging he was denied promotion because he is white. Compton, who has filed similar complaints with the EEOC and a PA state agency, seeks $100,000 in damages (PHILA. DAILY NEWS, 6/28). ....BASEBALL AMERICA notes the White Sox's upcoming contract talks with No. 1 pick Bobby Seay have put Owner Jerry Reinsdorf in an "interesting position: either pay more for Seay's services than he might think they're worth, or let him go for the fiscal sake of the industry." Reinsdorf has called for limits on scouting budgets, including signing bonuses (BASEBALL AMERICA, 7/8-21 issue).