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LEAGUE NOTES: ESPN'S GAMMONS IN FAVOR OF ENDING DH
Published April 7, 1998
MLB: ESPN's Peter Gammons, on the abolishment of the DH: "[The MLBPA's] Don Fehr and Gene Orza have said that this is not a negotiable item, they will never go for it. They've said that if the owners try and implement it, that they will then not allow interleague play next year, which the players have to vote on. ... I think one of the problems with baseball as entertainment going into the 21st century, is ... not the length of games, it's the pace of games. And the DH creates a much longer game, a lot more pitches in a game. I think it makes pitchers much more defensive. And I think really the time has come to move on and go back to the original game that we had until 1973" (ESPN, 4/6). NHL: In Toronto, William Houston continues Part 3 of his "A Game In Crisis" report. Houston: "If hockey, as entertainment, has regressed because of defensive tactics and obstruction, Canadian hockey development has been devastated. ... Canadian youth hockey ... tends to produce poorly trained players who function best in an obstructionist system. Today, Europe, which stressed practice time and skills in its development system, supplies the NHL with most of its top talent" (GLOBE & MAIL, 4/7). ATP: On-court coaching debuted on the ATP Tour yesterday at the Salem Open in Hong Kong. Coaches will be able to enter the court and talk to players for two minutes during the first changeover after each set (ATP).