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Published May 1, 1998
A source close to Reds Owner Marge Schott, on MLB allegedly trying to pressure her to sell the team: "She's not someone you bully. If she (sells), it will be because it's her decision" (CINCINNATI POST, 4/30). BLUE JAYS: In Toronto, Mark Zwolinski writes that "fans are taking notice" of the Blue Jays' 10-16 record. The Jays said they sold 26,690 tickets for yesterday's loss to the Royals "but there weren't anywhere near that many on hand." Overall, through 13 home games, the team has drawn 11,894 less than last season (TORONTO STAR, 5/1)....The A's have a promo planned for tomorrow where if Blue Jays P Roger Clemens strikes out more than 10 A's, ticket-holders get a free pair of tickets to a future game (S.F. CHRONICLE, 5/1). RYAN'S EXPRESS: Nolan Ryan, his son Reid and Don Sanders, a former part owner of the Astros, have reached an agreement to purchase majority interest in the Jackson (MS) Generals, the Astros AA Texas League team, and move them to Central TX (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 5/1). Ryan is talking with the city of Round Rock about possibly relocating the team and constructing a city-owned stadium (Nolan Ryan). TEAM NOTES: A new souvenir being sold at Dodger Stadium is a stuffed koala bear dressed in a Dodger uniform. In N.Y., Rush & Molloy report that some fans have already started calling the new mascot "Rupert," after News Corp. Chair Rupert Murdoch (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 5/1)....Former Marlins/current Padres P Kevin Brown, on a meeting he and three other Marlin players had last November with team Owner Wayne Huizenga: "We went there to talk as players because we knew things were about to fall apart. We tried to do what we could. We offered to become campaigners and told Wayne we'd do what we could to save it. We'd try to get fan support and push the stadium issue with positives instead of having the trigger being pulled" (SUN-SENTINEL, 5/1).