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MLB DENIES IT IS LOOKING FOR SOME SCHOTT THERAPY
Published April 30, 1998
Despite a published report, MLB sources indicated yesterday that the league has not given Reds Managing General Partner Marge Schott "an ultimatum or deadline" to sell the team, according to Hobson & May of the CINCINNATI ENQUIRER. Although her fellow owners "would be delighted" if Schott sold the Reds, MLB officials "have not asked her to sell." In fact, MLB has "backed away" from its investigation into Schott's alleged misuse of team employees in a GM fraud case since she broke her hip in a March 31 fall. Schott could not be reached for comment, but a source close to her said that she won't sell until the Reds get a stadium deal with Hamilton County. The NL yesterday called a report in the Cincinnati Post that MLB is trying to persuade Schott to sell the team "Poppycock." NL President Len Coleman, through a spokesperson: "Totally not true. Nothing to it" (CINCINNATI ENQUIRER, 4/30). On Wednesday, the POST's Bill Peterson cited sources with the Reds and MLB who said MLB "is trying to persuade" Schott to sell the team before her voluntary suspension ends November 1. The sources said that if Schott does not put the team up for sale before then, MLB "will pursue extending her suspension" by citing her GM fraud case (CINCINNATI POST, 4/29). OUTFIELD WALL ADS: The Reds have put ads on the outfield wall at Cinergy Field for the first time this season. They've added a Hewlett Packard logo and Budweiser ad, and Reds Marketing Consultant Cal Levy said that the team might add "as many as two more ads" on the green outfield fence (CINCINNATI POST, 4/29).