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MLB NEWS: GIULIANI ECHOES STEINBRENNER'S ATTENDANCE REMARKS
Published May 15, 1998
NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani yesterday called Wednesday's attendance of 23,142 for the Yankees-Rangers game "pathetic," according to Robert Hardt of the N.Y. POST. Giuliani: "This just can't go on forever and forever" (N.Y. POST, 5/15). Yankees Owner George Steinbrenner: "People say, 'Don't leave Yankee Stadium.' ... Tell me why I should stay here. If you're a decent, smart businessman, you have to say, 'Why should I stay?'" Steinbrenner "alleged" he is losing money, but he would not say how much. Steinbrenner: "It would probably shock some people" (Bergen RECORD, 5/14). REDS: In Cincinnati, Geoff Hobson reported that Reds limited partner Carl Kroch, who owns one of the team's 15 shares, said that he believes that none of the team's owners will align with Managing General Partner Marge Schott's 42% to help her keep a majority after the current partnership expires December 31, 2000. Kroch: "I'm perfectly willing to let her keep her 40 percent, as long as she's a silent partner. We need someone who is professional, can run a business, and really knows baseball." Kroch said "his impression is none of the other limited partners wants to run the team." He added that Managing Exec John Allen has "done a good job but he hasn't thought about a potential candidate" (CINCINNATI ENQUIRER, 5/14). D'BACKS: HBO's "Real Sports" airs Tuesday with a segment on the controversy over the $253M public subsidy toward construction of the $350M Bank One Ballpark. In N.Y., Steve Zipay writes that the report "can be viewed as a warning" to all politicians looking to publicly subsidize new facilities (NEWSDAY, 5/15). During an interview with HBO's Armen Keteyian for the piece, D'Backs Managing General Partner Jerry Colangelo walked off the set. But HBO Exec Producer Ross Greenburg commended Colangelo "for calling me to apologize" (Rudy Martzke, USA TODAY, 5/15). NOTES: In St. Paul, Charley Walters reports that Twins President Jerry Bell estimates the team will lose $12M this season (ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS, 5/15)....The Devil Rays announced a season-low crowd of 24,296 for last night's game against the Royals (ST. PETERSBURG TIMES, 5/15).