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Paulwny
11-06-2001, 07:11 AM
Tuesday, November 6, 2001

Contraction won't happen
Selig's talk of shutting down the Twins and Expos just pre-contract posturing
By BOB ELLIOTT -- Toronto Sun

PHOENIX -- And now, for some words about what Major League Baseball owners should do about contraction: They shouldn't.

They couldn't.

And in all likelihood, they can't.

Yet they will all gather, these lords of the game, today in Chicago to discuss whether to disintegrate both the Minnesota Twins and the Montreal Expos.

Some owners are sure a vote will be taken. Some say it won't. The subject certainly will be discussed.

Fresh from winning, well sort of, a battle in 1999 with the umpires' union, executive vice-presidents Sandy Alderson and Robert Dupuy are whispering in commissioner Bud Selig's earpiece that they have the legal ground to beat the players' association.

Selig and Alderson think they can eliminate 50 union jobs -- not to mention front-office workers, from secretaries to farm directors, to stadium workers -- and the five minor-league teams both the Twins and the Expos have.

There will be broken leases on skyboxes and TV contracts, not to mention season-ticket holders.

Will lawsuit line C please form to the right?

MLB chief operating officer Paul Beeston of Welland is a moderate, preaching labour peace as the basic agreement expires. Beeston wants games to continue, as he did in 1994 when he was Blue Jays president. That year, Selig refused to negotiate with the union and cancelled the World Series and its memories in order to bring fiscal control (that plan really worked didn't it?).

It's one thing for Alderson to beat the umpires' union and their leader, Richie Phillips, the misguided union leader who told his employees to resign. It's quite another to beat the players' association in court.

When lawyers from the two sides meet in front of judges in a court of law, management lawyers have a record equal to New York Mets pitcher Anthony Young, who lost 27 consecutive decisions during the early 1990s.

Union lawyers are like Roger Clemens, who won 16 in a row this season.

We've had arguably the best World Series in years and two days later baseball bosses gather to collectively take a big dump on the industry.

The Series, between the Arizona Diamondbacks and the New York Yankees, was one you wished was a best-of-15:

Kilroy
11-06-2001, 08:14 AM
Originally posted by Paulwny
Selig and Alderson think they can eliminate 50 union jobs -- not to mention front-office workers, from secretaries to farm directors, to stadium workers -- and the five minor-league teams both the Twins and the Expos have.

There will be broken leases on skyboxes and TV contracts, not to mention season-ticket holders.

Will lawsuit line C please form to the right?

I agree that there will be certain groups that won't make it easy for them to accomplish what seems to be their goal; getting rid of these two franchises.

But just like Motorola, AT&T, or any other company, those baseball franchises don't exist to provide those people with jobs. So, while those things may be considered, it won't be a focal point of the discussion. The bottom line is what matters.