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GRIFFITH AND VEECK PONDER BIDS; HAVE TWINS PEAKED AT GATE?

          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).

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