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HEADING DOWN TO ATLANTA: MLB SET TO DEBATE REALIGNMENT
Published September 16, 1997
MLB owners begin meetings in Atlanta today through Thursday in "an attempt to realign" the AL and NL, according to I.J. Rosenberg of the ATLANTA CONSTITUTION. The 13- member realignment committee will meet "early this evening," then MLB's Executive Council will meet. On Wednesday, the leagues will meet separately and the full group of owners will convene Thursday, "for a possible vote on realignment" (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 9/16). In Chicago, Jerome Holtzman writes that Acting Commissioner Bud Selig, "aware he doesn't have the votes" for a radical realignment plan, "may downsize." Holtzman writes that, "in the final version, if there is one, there would be only three or four" team relocations (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 9/16). In Milwaukee, Tom Haudricourt reports the measure could be tabled if no proposal gains enough support (JOURNAL SENTINEL, 9/16). RINGOLSBY ON MAGOWAN: In Denver, Tracy Ringolsby writes on Giants Owner Peter Magowan, who has threatened to sue MLB if the A's are put in the same NL division as the Giants. Ringolsby: "In his short-range view, he sees a threat of erosion of his fan base. ... But that prompts the question: What fan base?" Noting the attendance "woes" of both the A's and Giants, Ringolsby asks, "Could a realignment that puts them both in the NL do any further harm? ... [B]y the turn of the century only one team will remain in the Bay Area. The Giants' plan for a new stadium makes them the favorite ... Magowan is so blinded by the red ink of the present that he can't see what is needed for a rose-colored future" (ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS, 9/16).