ATLANTA: The Braves may have less trouble promoting
themselves for '95 than some other teams: "They have a season-
ticket base of 30,000 and typically get a 90 percent-plus renewal
rate" (Rosenberg, ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 9/15). BALTIMORE:
Orioles Owner Peter Angelos refused to sign the resolution backed
by 26 of the 28 owners (The Reds' Marge Schott also abstained).
Instead, Angelos "called for a cease-fire to the name-calling and
finger-pointing," in particular the sections that criticized the
players for not bargaining in good faith. Angelos said the
rehtoric "served no constructive purpose" and "were absolutely
inappropriate in light of what the announcement was dealing
with." Angelos, who is not on the PRC or Executive Council,
intends to get more involved in negotiations (Tom Keegan,
Baltimore SUN, 9/15). Whether Angelos "is on board probably
doesn't matter. The owners are expected to declare an impasse in
November and try to weather a legal onslaught by the union"
(Peter Schmuck, Baltimore SUN, 9/15). Angelos, on his call with
Schott: "She said, 'If you're not going to sign it, I'm not
going to sign it.' I said, 'Hallelujah, I've got one soldier.
All we need is 19 more'" (Mark Maske, WASHINGTON POST, 9/15).
Ken Rosenthal called it a "badge of honor" that Angelos refused
to sign (Baltimore SUN, 9/15).
BOSTON: Michael Gee writes, "In the short-term, the owners
have sabotaged their primary profit source of the past 20 years -
- the explosive growth in the value of a big league franchise.
... If the capital of the average franchise goes down 25 percent,
the owners will lose $700 million. It'd take more than a
decade's worth of the owner's salary cap plan to save them that
much dough" (BOSTON HERALD, 9/15). Dan Shaughnessy: "Major
League Baseball, for the moment, is dead" (BOSTON GLOBE, 9/15).
CHICAGO: The Cubs and White Sox will lose an estimated
$48.7M combined. John Skorburg, chief economist for the
Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, calculated that the final tab
for the city will be $387.5M (Dan Bickley, CHICAGO SUN-TIMES,
9/15). Bob Verdi writes, "What exactly will be the 'cost
certainty' of this exercise in petulance if fans decided they've
had it right up to here with baseball?" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 9/15).
White Sox Owner Jerry Reinsdorf made no public comments,
releasing this statement: "It is difficult to find words to
express my regret that the remainder of the 1994 season had to be
canceled due to the players' strike. It's really a shame" (Paul
Sullivan, CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 9/15). In Washington, Reinsdorf
critic Tom Boswell writes, "Here lies the man who sacrificed
baseball to settle a schoolyard grudge" (WASHINGTON POST, 9/15).
CINCINNATI: Reds Owner Marge Schott said the owners'
decision to cancel the rest of the season "was so unappealing, in
the end she couldn't be part of it." Schott: "I'm behind the
owners in wanting to do something with (the salary structure of)
baseball, but this is a tradition we're breaking. It (signing
the resolution) wouldn't make any difference" (CINCINNATI
ENQUIRER, 9/15). Reds GM Jim Bowden called the potential $10M
loss to the club "financially devastating" (CINCINNATI ENQUIRER,
CLEVELAND: Bill Livingston of the CLEVELAND PLAIN DEALER,
on Indians fans: "These people have lived and mostly died with
this team for a very long time and now there is not going to be
any reward" ("SportsCenter," ESPN, 9/14).
DENVER: Rockies Owner Jerry McMorris noted the
"possibility" that a "couple of teams" might not survive (Jerry
Crasnick, DENVER POST, 9/15). McMorris said there would be no
"wholesale" front-office layoffs, with the construction of the
new Coors Field a "major part of the equation" (Crasnick, DENVER
POST, 9/15). Tomorrow, the Rockies will announce their refund
policy -- and also that they are raising ticket prices.
McMorris: "We're going to try to be square with everybody"
(DENVER POST, 9/15).
DETROIT: Mitch Albom: "Do they know what they've done?"
(DETROIT FREE PRESS, 9/15).
HOUSTON: Alan Truex writes, "How do they sell season
tickets, advertising, television and radio rights for a sport
that is in total disarray?" (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 9/15).
LOS ANGELES: Dodgers Owner Peter O'Malley was "unhappy"
that he was excluded from negotiations, according to sources.
O'Malley, from Ireland where he is promoting little league and
amateur baseball: "I said, and was quoted several times as
saying, now is the time to show that flexibility. But [both
sides] never did" (Maryann Hudson, L.A. TIMES, 9/15). Mike
Downey: "The World Series is just like the World Cup, a
scoreless tie" (L.A. TIMES, 9/15).
MIAMI: Ed Pope writes, "Listen! Those are champagne
glasses clinking now at 410 Park Ave., the National Football
League Headquarters in New York" (MIAMI HERALD, 9/15).
MILWAUKEE: Brewers manager Phil Garner, who was throwing
batting practice to his son when he heard the news: "It made me
so mad I tried to bean my own son" (Tom Haudricourt, MILWAUKEE
MINNESOTA: Twins Owner Carl Pohlad "said the loss of
television revenues will cause some small-market teams to take
out loans to keep them afloat during the winter. Also, despite
word from several sources that he has tried in earnest to sell
the Twins lately, Pohlad said he isn't interested in selling.
That's not surprising, since it would be nearly impossible to
sell a small-market team that is losing money during a player's
strike" (Jim Souhan, Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 9/15). The Twins
plan to lay off about 30 of their 51 full-time front office
employees, perhaps by October 12. The layoffs are expected to
save the club about $75,000 a month (STAR TRIBUNE, 9/15).
MONTREAL: "Already operating on a line of credit he secured
in July," Expos Owner Claude Brochu said that the cancellation of
the season has left the team looking at a $20M loss. Brochu:
"We have no intention of simply absorbing these losses. We'll
make them back through our payroll and we may have to look at
other things as well -- things of a capital nature." Brochu
wouldn't say if that meant additions to the ownership group or
asking the present owners to pay more (Jeff Blair, MONTREAL
NEW YORK: Yankees Owner George Steinbrenner: "I'm worried
about us playing by opening day in 1995" (Jack Curry, N.Y. TIMES,
9/15). Murray Chass: "The prevailing view is that the dispute
will become nastier before it ends, whenever that may be" (N.Y.
TIMES, 9/15). Mets Secretary/General Counsel David Howard said
the team has laid off or terminated about 40 employees "and more
cutbacks could be on the way" (Anthony Gargano, N.Y. POST, 9/15).
Mets GM Joe McIlvaine spoke on behalf of GMs expressed
frustration about being "in the dark": "I have no idea what I'm
supposed to do" (Bill Madden, N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 9/15).
OAKLAND: A's Owner Walter Haas released a short statement:
"Our hope is that the loss of the season will now provide the
catalyst for Major League Baseball to put an end to the acrimony,
and to restructure itself in a way that secures the game's
rightful place as the National Pastime" (THE DAILY, 9/14). For
more on how the cancellation of the season affects the A's
impending sale, see story num. 99.
PHILADELPHIA: Phillies Pres. Bill Giles: "I don't look at
it as who's going to crack first. ... We were willing to (adjust)
the maximum salary limit -- and we're still willing to" (Sam
Carchidi, PHILA. INQUIRER, 9/15). Giles, on what it would take
to end the deadlock: "Well, I would hope that enough players
would say that 'Beisbol has been berry, berry good to me'" (John
Smallwood, PHILA. DAILY NEWS, 9/15). Frank Dolson: "No, they
haven't killed baseball, only big-league baseball" (PHILA.
INQUIRER, 9/15). Bill Conlin compares owners to Benedict Arnold
and John Wilkes Booth "and all the villains who robbed Americans
of something precious": "If clothes make a statement, major
league baseball now wears a black salary cap to go with the Black
Sox of 1919" (PHILA. DAILY NEWS, 9/15).
ST. LOUIS: Cardinals labor consultant Stuart Meyer: "We
don't care if it's a salary cap or not. But it has to be
something ... to bring the $15 million payroll closer to the $50
million payroll." Cards GM Del Maxvill called for some signs
from management: "Right now, nobody knows how much big-league
time a player has. ... Let's try to have a little bit of order"
(ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, 9/15).
SAN FRANCISCO: Giants Owner Peter Magowan acknowledged that
replacement players were a "possibility" if the strike continues
into spring training. Magowan will cut the player payroll by $5M
to $35M -- with several free agents not returning (Mark Gonzales,
SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 9/15). Magowan described himself as "not
a hard-liner in this exercise," but Ann Killion notes that his
comments were "full with anti-player rhetoric." In addition, the
Giants, who want a new downtown stadium, "will be forced to take
[their] plan to the public, a public left with a sour taste that
may linger into the next century" (MERCURY NEWS, 9/15).
SEATTLE: Mariners CEO John Ellis "agreed with the decision to
end the season, though he will be forced to lay off several full-
time employees and the franchise stand to lose nearly $6 million
in postseason revenue. But Ellis said the short-term loss would
be a long-term gain if the owners can gain control over player
salaries." Ellis: "If that happens, then this is certainly
worth it for the Mariners" (Jim Street, SEATTLE POST-
TEXAS: The city of Arlington will forfeit $42M from games
lost at The Ballpark and tax revenues will be short $150,000
(Richard Alm, DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 9/15).
TORONTO: Blue Jays Owner Paul Beeston: "Maybe there should
have been (other proposals) and maybe there should not have been.
But they [the MLBPA] didn't come back with anything meaningful.
... I don't think it necessarily has to be a salary cap. I
believe there could be another mechanism" (Bill Lankhof, TORONTO
SUN, 9/15). Tim Harper writes Beeston "might have been a
reluctant participant in the burial, but he was a partner
nonetheless." Labatt President George Taylor strongly favored
finding a settlement, but Beeston stuck with the owners. Beeston
said the Blue Jays were responsible for the "majority" of the
brewery's $16M loss (TORONTO STAR, 9/15).