Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Shuffle at Top for Cards? Executive Hired, Sources Say; President's Fate Unclear

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Shuffle at Top for Cards? Executive Hired, Sources Say; President's Fate Unclear

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Mark Lamping, a former Anheuser-Busch executive who resigned Monday as commissioner of the Continental Basketball Association, will join the Cardinals in an executive capacity next week, sources indicated late Thursday.

His title and exact responsibilities weren't immediately made public, but they will be significant, the sources said.

Stuart Meyer, Cardinals president and chief executive officer, recently displeased club Chairman August A. Busch III for wanting to roll over the contracts into 1996 of manager Joe Torre and general manager Dal Maxvill. The team was struggling at the time, and shortly after that, Meyer offered to resign his position.

Meyer created controversy again last week when he announced the club's refusal to allow the Cardinals players to fly home from Miami on the team charter, saying the club had no "legal obligation" to fly them home.

"Paternalism is gone," Meyer said then.

But, as of late Thursday night, there was nothing concrete to suggest that Meyer was being replaced immediately. His position as chief operating officer of the club never was filled when he was promoted to succeed Fred Kuhlmann in 1992. Theoretically, Lamping could be announced as the chief operating officer.

Said Cardinals public relations director Brian Bartow, "As far as I know, everything is pure speculation."

Meyer is credited with formulating the revenue-sharing plan that the owners finally agreed on to present to the players, who since have gone on strike. It is presumed he would remain with the Cardinals until the labor situation is settled, which could be weeks or months.

Lamping formerly was the righthand man to Michael J. Roarty, executive vice president for marketing at Anheuser-Busch and a member of the Anheuser-Busch Cos. policy committee. Lamping had told his former staff in the CBA that they would know next Monday what his new job was. …

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