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TWINS, MN ATTORNEY'S GENERAL OFFICE HAGGLE OVER DETAILS
Published May 11, 1998
Lawyers for the Twins, MLB and the MN Attorney General's office "were ordered Friday to work out an agreement on the scope of a preliminary antitrust investigation by the state against the team and the game's owners," according to Jay Weiner of the Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE. Ramsey County District Judge Margaret Marrinan told both sides to report to her today on any agreement they may reach, but Weiner reported that "resolution seemed unlikely." Lawyers from the Attorney General's office said they were willing to "scale back" their earlier request for dozens of documents dating back to '61 and answers to questions to Twins Owner Carl Pohlad, Acting MLB Commissioner Bud Selig and others, and would instead settle for information from MLB dating to '83. But Twins lawyer Roger Magnuson said, "We believe the law requires that there be no discovery in this case" (STAR TRIBUNE, 5/9). SHOW HIM SOME MONEY: Pohlad, on rumors that he turned down a $100M offer to buy the Twins: "Nobody has made any offers to me. ... Clark Griffith and others talk, but I have never seen the color of their money." On Wednesday, though, Mike Veeck "will meet" with Pohlad's financial adviser, Bob Starkey. Veeck: "We have the financial backing to buy the club if it is for sale" (Sid Hartman, STAR TRIBUNE, 5/9). On "Baseball Tonight," ESPN's Peter Gammons reported the Twins may be "able to work something out [and] eventually get a ballpark in either St. Paul or somewhere around Minneapolis, but in the meantime, why lose money with a $27 million payroll if you're going to finish fourth in the division anyway?" Gammons said it is "likely" that the Twins will pare down payroll to "maybe" $12 to $14 million and try to rebuild ("Baseball Tonight," 5/10)