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MLB TO NAME SELIG TOP BOSS ON JULY 9, AFTER ALL-STAR GAME
Published June 30, 1998
MLB management sources "confirmed Monday that a special executive session has been called for July 9 in Chicago during which Bud Selig" will be named MLB commissioner "on a permanent basis," according to Tom Haudricourt of the MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL. Selig confirmed that the meeting had been called, but he would not confirm that he had officially decided to accept the job. A three-fourths vote of the 30 MLB clubs is required for election, with no more than five clubs in either league objecting. Only the White Sox, Cubs and Giants have been reported to object to Selig's election (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL, 6/30). LET'S PLAY TWO! In N.Y., Murray Chass reports that today is the designated date for MLB to submit next year's schedule to the MLBPA for its approval, but yesterday MLB asked for and received a two-week extension. Chass reports that "the two sides should have little trouble agreeing on an official schedule." Reports have next year's interleague schedule for the East divisions including home-and-home series between the Yankees-Mets; Blue Jays-Expos; Devil Rays - Marlins; Orioles-Phillies; and Braves-Red Sox (N.Y. TIMES, 6/30). Yankees Owner George Steinbrenner said playing the Mets twice next year is not a "a good idea," calling it "overkill, plain and simple" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 6/30).