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).