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MLB Franchise Notes: Powell Calls On Support For Nats Bid

Washington Baseball Club Looking
To Cash In On Powell’s DC Influence
In DC, Heath & Nakamura reported former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell, who is part of the Washington Baseball Club group headed by Fred Malek and Jeffrey Zients that is bidding on the Nationals, called on the support of “key District officials,” including DC Mayor Anthony Williams and DC Council Finance Committee Chair Jack Evans. A source said that Malek, Zients and Powell met with Evans for 30 minutes Monday. The source: “It was just general to talk about baseball and Colin Powell was there to express interest. ... They wanted to express that they are committed to [DC].” Williams has previously endorsed the group’s bid (WASHINGTON POST, 11/22).

CUBS: In Chicago, Toni Ginnetti reported the highest-priced club box seats for Cubs games next season will be $54 for “regular” games and $65 for 44 “prime” games, which include Opening Day, night games and select series. Bleacher seats will cost $30 for regular games, and will increase to $40 for prime games. The 44 prime games mark an increase of four from ’05. There will also be six lower-cost “value” games, with the highest-priced box seats costing $34 and bleacher seats $15 (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 11/19).

TWINS: In St. Paul, Charley Walters reports the Twins next week will unveil a new alternate home jersey. The sleeveless, white jersey will feature a large “TC” on the front and is the first in team history without sleeves. The team also plans to unveil a new batting practice jersey (ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS, 11/23).

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