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MLB OWNERS MEETINGS, II: TWINS UPDATE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
Published March 18, 1998
Twins Owner Carl Pohlad will continue to work on finalizing a deal to sell the team to NC businessman Don Beaver, according to Neal & Hartman of the Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE. Pohlad, Twins President Jerry Bell and financial consultant Bob Starkey yesterday updated MLB's Executive Committee on their progress. Interim MLB Commissioner Bud Selig said that selling the Twins to a new local owner "would be fruitless." Selig: "You change one face for another, what does that do? That club can't survive there without a new stadium. That's all there is to it. It can't generate revenue to survive." Bell said the team "will not wait" for the MN Legislature to come up with funding for a new stadium. Pohlad and Beaver have until March 31 to complete their sales agreement, but they "could opt to extend the deadline" (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 3/18). STRANGE BREW: In addition to the Dodgers sale, the MLB Executive Council tomorrow will vote on the sale of the Blue Jays to Interbrew, according to Elliott & Zeisberger of the TORONTO SUN. Although the Belgian brewer purchased the team in '95, Interbrew never sought approval "because it intended to be only an interim owner" (TORONTO SUN, 3/18). LONE STAR: Bud Selig said the sale of the Rangers to Tom Hicks "would not be discussed at this week's" meetings, according to Ken Daley of the DALLAS MORNING NEWS. Selig said that "approval is likely" at the next owners meetings, June 9-11 in Seattle (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 3/18). THE COMMISH: Rockies Owner Jerry McMorris said that MLB's search for a permanent commissioner "will be completed before June's owners meetings," according to Hal Bodley of USA TODAY. McMorris said that "there's a group of about five outstanding candidates -- more than five." Names of potential candidates were not released (USA TODAY, 3/18). Yankees Owner George Steinbrenner "is imploring" Selig "to stop pretending." Steinbrenner: "I'm for getting Bud Selig to accept the job as the chairman of baseball, with Paul Beeston as the president and chief operating officer, and letting it go like that" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 3/18).