Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Sides to Talk Today; No Session Set

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Sides to Talk Today; No Session Set

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It was just another lazy summer Sunday as far as baseball's labor negotiators were concerned.

Management leader Richard Ravitch played tennis and listened to music. Union head Donald Fehr went to his office and answered mail.

"It's a sad, lonely but peaceful weekend," executive council chairman Bud Selig said by telephone from his home in Milwaukee.

No new talks aimed at reaching a collective bargaining agreement were scheduled. The sides said they intended to speak by telephone today but didn't know if it would result in a bargaining session.

"No communication across the planetary space," said Eugene Orza, the union's No. 2 official.

Forty-two games were wiped out on the first weekend of the baseball players strike. If the walkout continues through Friday, it would become the sport's second longest in terms of canceled games.

Ravitch repeatedly says he will "leave no stone unturned" in an effort to arrive at a settlement.

Speaking of Stones, Mick Jagger took time to comment on baseball's eighth work stoppage since 1972.

"We're the only stadium act that's not on strike," he said as the Rolling Stones played Friday night at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.

Players, meanwhile, fanned out across the country. Many went to golf courses over the weekend and worked at their favorite leisure activity.

"I'd say the chances are better of me breaking 90 today than hitting .400," San Diego's Tony Gwynn said as the weekend began.

Organizers of a celebrity tournament this weekend in North Falmouth, Mass., said Cincinnati Reds manager Davey Johnson would play and hoped they'd be able to get Roger Clemens and Tom Glavine, too.

On Sunday night, Kansas City Royals players were set to join their wives in a fashion show.

In Springfield, Ill., for a horse auction, New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner backed off from his statements last week that owners should join Ravitch at the bargaining table. Steinbrenner and Colorado Rockies owner Jerry McMorris both said management should have people at the table who have invested in the game. …

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