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MLB REPORTEDLY TO CANCEL FULL QUARTERLY MEETINGS IN PHOENIX
Published January 7, 1998
MLB's search for a commissioner "came into question" after Acting Commissioner Bud Selig "decided to cancel the regular quarterly meetings of owners scheduled for next week in Phoenix," according to Tom Haudricourt of the MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL. Committee meetings will take place as originally scheduled, but the joint session will be called off, "mainly because there are no pressing items on the agenda." Haudricourt: "Despite that development, Selig insisted that the search for a new commissioner remained a priority." Rockies Chair Jerry McMorris, head of the commissioner search committee, had "originally hoped to present candidates for the commissionership" to the owners' ruling Exec Council next week but "acknowledged that the process was behind schedule" (JOURNAL SENTINEL, 1/7). In DC, Mark Maske reports that "the likelihood the Phoenix meeting will be canceled signals that the owners are still not prepared to move on the commissioner front." Maske adds that "many" MLB officials mention NL President Len Coleman as a "top internal candidate" (WASHINGTON POST, 1/7). VOTE ON DODGERS DELAYED: Selig told USA TODAY's Bodley & Antonen that no decision had been made on cancelling the meetings and that the "alternative is to cancel the joint meetings and hold committee meetings." Selig said a meeting of the Exec Council will be held regardless of any decision (USA TODAY, 1/7). In L.A., Mike Digiovanna adds that the move delays News Corp.'s proposed purchase of the Dodgers. The Exec Council "will meet, as will the ownership committee, and there's a strong possibility the latter will make a recommendation" on the sale. A "high-ranking" MLB official said the ownership committee "will have a long conversation about the Dodger sale ... and I don't expect it to fall through" (Mike Digiovanna, L.A. TIMES, 1/7). BEESTON'S BURDEN: MLB COO Paul Beeston is interviewed in BASEBALL AMERICA's "PowerBrokers" issue. Beeston, asked to assess his new position: "Right now, and I'm not embarrassed to say it, it's a much bigger job than I thought it was going to be, and it's more of a complicated job than I thought it was going to be" (BASEBALL AMERICA, 1/19).