Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Selig Says Strike Must Be Prevented

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Selig Says Strike Must Be Prevented

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Acting baseball commissioner Bud Selig struck a somewhat conciliatory tone Wednesday, saying that owners and players must put their years of acrimony behind them and find a way to prevent what would be baseball's eighth work stoppage in the past 22 years.

However, with the possibility of a players' strike looming, the Milwaukee Brewers' owner stood firm on one point, and it was a big one - that owners will aggressively push their revenue-sharing plan, which would include a revenue cap for players, in order to protect the game.

"There is no sense reviewing the history between the owners and the players," Selig said in a speech at the National Press Club in Washington. "We are where we are today - 19 clubs are operating in the red. Together, we have to figure out a solution."

Under the owners' plan, players, whose earnings now consume 58 percent of the sport's revenue, would be limited to 50 percent of baseball's income. This, Selig said, would allow the sport to grow and expand, ultimately pushing salaries still higher.

"If there's one thing (Player's Association representative) Don Fehr and I can agree on, it's that there's a lot of potential in a number of areas," Selig said. "Compensation can't go down - it can only go up. I'd rather have 50 percent of $2.8 billion than 58 percent of $800 million."

Former Cardinal Reese Dies: Jimmie Reese, who roomed briefly with Babe Ruth while with the New York Yankees in the early 1930s and was involved in professional baseball for 78 years, died Wednesday (July 13, 1994) at a hospital in Santa Ana, Calif. He was 92. The California Angels, who employed Mr. Reese, did not announce a cause of death.

Mr. Reese, who served as the Angels' conditioning coach since 1972, was known as one of the most prolific fungo hitters in baseball.

Mr. Reese threw out the ceremonial first pitch at the 60th All-Star Game, played at Anaheim Stadium in 1989, and was the honorary captain of the American League All-Star team in 1992.

Mr. …

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