IT'S BACK TO WASHINGTON ON THURSDAY FOR BASEBALL
Richard Ravitch, chief negotiator for the owners, and
representatives of the MLBPA are scheduled to testify before the
House Education and Labor Committee's Subcommittee on Labor-
Management Relations on Thursday. MLBPA Exec Dir Don Fehr is not
expected to appear. Subcommittee Chairman Pat Williams (D-MT)
proposes convening a 3-member arbitration board -- one owner rep,
one MLBPA rep and one member of the American Arbitration
Association -- on February 1 if there is no settlement by then.
Williams: "Binding arbitration should only be a last resort. ...
But I find myself seething about this strike. I'm having this
hearing as a fan who happens to be the chairman of this
subcommittee. I've made up my mind to raise legislative hell to
get this thing settled" (Mark Maske, WASHINGTON POST, 9/27).
THE NEW LEAGUE: Agent Tom Selakovich said details on a new
baseball league "could be forthcoming in 10 days": "I wouldn't
call it a joke." Dick Moss, the "main mover" behind the league
as well as a similar plan "stillborn" in 1989, still expects to
make his announcement on October 19. Agent Scott Boras: "Dick
has a network left from the 1989 plan and he's said to have
principals willing to invest." Cubs Player Rep Randy Myers said
there are "10-plus corporations" and "a couple of broadcasting
stations" willing to sign on (Jim Byers, TORONTO STAR, 9/27).
DON FEHR'S TOUR OF AMERICA: 56 players attended a briefing
by Don Fehr in Chicago yesterday -- the 4th of seven stops.
White Sox slugger Frank Thomas: "We're digging in" (Jerome
Holtzman, CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 9/27).
SCENES FROM AN ITALIAN RESTAURANT: Orioles Owner Peter
Angelos said his private meeting with Fehr in Little Italy
Saturday was done without the knowledge of MLB officials. But he
made no apologies: "It would be helpful if Don Fehr and his
associates had personal contact on a periodic basis with every
owner in the major leagues, both American and National. ... What
I was doing is what all owners should do" (Mark Hyman, Baltimore