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GRIFFITH AND VEECK PONDER BIDS; HAVE TWINS PEAKED AT GATE?
Published August 19, 1998
With a 30-day window for potential buyers of the Twins open to September 14, the two who had "publicly declared interest in acquiring" the team say they "are undecided about whether they will make an official bid," according to Tom Powers of the ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS. Minneapolis lawyer Clark Griffith, son of former Twins Owner Calvin Griffith, said he will "take the next two weeks to decide whether to make an offer." Mike Veeck said he will take part in a conference call with his financial partners today. But Powers writes that Veeck "no longer seems interested" in buying the team (ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS, 8/19). TWINS PEAKED? In his column, Powers notes that the Twins drew an average of 2.3 million fans from '87-93, and writes that the lack of a new ballpark is "not the reason Carl Pohlad has lost millions of dollars the past five seasons." Powers: "Let's get real. The reason Pohlad has lost a lot of money is his team stinks. His team stinks because he won't spend enough to make it competitive. Period. Quit blaming the market for everything. ... The point is, instead of trimming the payroll from $26 million to $20 million, why not invest in the team by signing some much-needed talent?" (ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS, 8/19).