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MLB NEWS & NOTES: COULD LEAGUE PICK UP TAB ON TWINS?
Published March 27, 1998
One MLB owner "has suggested" that the league purchase the Twins for the same price, $140M, offered by prospective buyer Don Beaver, according to Sid Hartman of the Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE. The Twins would then remain in MN run by the Pohlads for two years. If a new stadium is not built, then MLB, "not the Pohlads would make the decision whether to move the team." Twins President Jerry Bell: "I did hear something like that. But it didn't come up in any of our meetings." Hartman writes the MN Legislature should holds talks with Pohlad about his investment in a new facility, for "[d]eep in his heart, Pohlad still wants to keep baseball here" (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 3/27). NOTES: The Blue Jays have shifted their Wednesday home opener from the traditional afternoon start to a night game "in a bid to draw more customers," but Jays VP/Ticket Sales George Holm said that "a sellout is not expected" (Toronto GLOBE & MAIL, 3/27). In Toronto, Mark Zwolinski reports that the Jays "will have trouble attracting 40,000 fans" on Opening Day (TORONTO STAR, 3/27)....Hal Bodley profiles Devil Rays Owner Vince Naimoli in today's USA TODAY. Bodley: "If you think George Steinbrenner is a hand-on owner ... you should spend a day with Naimoli. He's involved in every detail of the team" (USA TODAY, 3/27). The Rays announced that "several thousand" tickets will go on sale for Tuesday's home opener, a game which had been "previously billed as a sellout" (TAMPA TRIBUNE, 3/27)....In AZ, Steve Wilson profiles D'Backs General Managing Partner Jerry Colangelo, and writes that Colangelo "has taken more than his share of cheap shots. Next week, an Arizona team will open its first Major League season in a winning ballpark that should be a source of statewide pride. He's earned some applause" (ARIZONA REPUBLIC, 3/27)....The Orioles named David McGowan as the new public address announcer at Camden Yards (WASHINGTON POST, 3/27)....Tom Cummings, the voice of the Lipton Tennis Championship since '88, will replace Jay Rokeach as the Marlins P.A. announcer (MIAMI HERALD, 3/27).