BASEBALL HELD HOSTAGE -- DAY 167: JAYS TO FLY SOUTH ANYWAY?
Striking Blue Jays are considering the idea of holding
spring training in Dunedin, FL, next month to coincide with the
replacement camp. Player Rep Ed Sprague: "We'd like to take as
much attention away from the replacement camp as we can" (Tim
Harper, TORONTO STAR, 1/25).
OTHER TEAM NOTES: In Kansas City, Dick Kaegel explains how
the new free agency system will not help the Royals: "The Royals'
priority now is reducing their payroll to between $30 million and
$32 million, and making the franchise attractive enough for CEO
David Glass or someone else to buy and keep [the team] in Kansas
City" (K.C. STAR, 1/25).... The Mariners will play eight games in
Vancouver's B.C. Place domed stadium this year -- if labor laws
permit replacement players to cross the border. Warren Buckley,
president of B.C. Pavilion Corporation, which operates B.C.
Place, says bringing replacement baseball to Vancouver may be
risky: "Is this the best way to start a relationship in a new
city? Our fans want to see (Mariners Outfielder) Jay Buhner, not
Clint Smith who played Double A in Oklahoma City." If the
situation cannot be worked out for '95, both sides are discussing
arrangements for '96 (Terry Bell, Vancouver PROVINCE, 1/25)....On
ESPN last night, Peter Gammons examined the effects of the cap.
Red Sox GM Dan Duquette predicts stars will take a "lion's share"
of money leaving no room for a "middle class" ("SportsCenter,"