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February 13, 2002 | From Staff and Wire Reports
In an unprecedented move, baseball owners unanimously approved the takeover of the Montreal Expos by the commissioner's office and the sale of the Florida Marlins to Montreal's current owner. Tuesday's votes came three days before teams begin spring training and created management shifts. Montreal Manager Jeff Torborg resigned and became Florida's manager, and Hall of Famer Frank Robinson, who was major league baseball's vice president of on-field discipline, was appointed Montreal's manager.
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May 11, 2011 | By Bill Shaikin
Reporting from New York — Dodgers owner Frank McCourt met with Commissioner Bud Selig on Wednesday, the first day of baseball's quarterly owners' meetings. McCourt, who recently said Selig was "ducking me," offered no comments and took no questions when he passed a group of reporters. "I've got nothing for you," McCourt said. Selig briefed the owners' executive council on the Dodgers' situation, including his investigation of the team's finances and the possible litigation McCourt might initiate against Major League Baseball.
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February 28, 1985
Baseball's owners cited a "serious financial situation" and asked for a moratorium in labor talks Wednesday. The surprise move could enable the players' union to get its first look at the clubs' financial ledgers. Also, it probably will delay any settlement on a collective bargaining agreement until after opening day, April 8.
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May 6, 2011 | By Bill Shaikin
Frank McCourt does not plan to address his fellow owners as a group when the major league owners gather next week for their quarterly meeting, according to a person familiar with McCourt's thinking. McCourt has made his case for his continued ownership of the Dodgers in numerous media appearances over the last 10 days. The owners could override any decision by Commissioner Bud Selig to strip McCourt of his team, but the Dodgers owner does not intend to lobby them. "He believes he's got an audience of one," said the person familiar with McCourt's thinking but not authorized to discuss it publicly.
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November 4, 1990
Baseball owners have agreed to pay players $280 million to settle the collusion cases, a player agent said Saturday. But the head of management's labor wing and a union lawyer denied a settlement had been reached. Richard Moss, the former general counsel for the union who represents several dozen players, said Saturday that clubs had agreed to the payment as compensation for their conspiracy against free agents after the 1985, 1986 and 1987 seasons.
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May 11, 1995 | ROSS NEWHAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Major league baseball owners discussed reinstating the salary cap as their main labor thrust but failed to reach a conclusion during a six-hour meeting Wednesday at Itasca, Ill. They also refrained from setting a date for the resumption of bargaining talks with the players' union.
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October 23, 1994 | ROSS NEWHAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Major league baseball owners, perhaps preparing for unilateral implementation of their salary-cap proposal, are making significant revisions, including removal of the $1-billion-a-year salary guarantee for the players, a management lawyer said Saturday. The removal of any salary guarantee, the lawyer said, was a response to the more than $500 million that the clubs have lost since start of the player strike on Aug. 12.
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May 29, 1993 | ROSS NEWHAN
Major league owners went into the advertising and sales business Friday, when they gave overwhelming approval to the six-year partnership with NBC and ABC. The National League approved it, 13-1, with the New York Mets opposing. The American League voted 12-1, with the Boston Red Sox opposing and the New York Yankees abstaining.
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February 9, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
Baseball owners today reiterated their plan for a spring training lockout but seemed to soften their hard-line stance. "There is no change in our strategy," Milwaukee owner Bud Selig said. "But there is going to be another meeting with the players on Monday, and this is going to be a day-by-day negotiation." Camps are scheduled to open Thursday. Clubs have been told by the owners not to start spring training unless an agreement is reached with players on a new contract.
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February 17, 1994 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Reggie Jackson is in the baseball Hall of Fame, and in two weeks he will get another check for $352,173.87 earned as a player. Tom Seaver will go in the Hall of Fame this year. He gets a check for $1,046,670.98. The Dodgers' Orel Hershiser will receive a nice windfall: $320,158.06. Checks totaling $59.48 million will be in the mail on Feb. 28 to players deemed to be victims of a conspiracy in 1986 and '87 by major league baseball owners in their quest to hold down salaries for free agents.
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April 29, 2011 | By Bill Shaikin
The owners of the 29 other major league clubs could be stuck paying the Dodgers' bills very soon, the team's vice chairman said Friday. "If I'm an owner in Kansas City or Washington, the last thing I want to do is to put $1 million a month into the Dodgers when there's $3 billion sitting in the bank," Vice Chairman Steve Soboroff said. With Commissioner Bud Selig taking no action on a proposed long-term television deal with Fox valued by the Dodgers at $3 billion, Dodgers owner Frank McCourt needed to get a $30-million loan to meet the April payroll.
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January 1, 2011 | By Bill Shaikin
Derek Jeter made his major league debut on May 29, 1995. Never has a labor squabble cost him a game. FOR THE RECORD: Eight paragraphs were inadvertently dropped from the end of this article during the editing process. This updated online version presents the article in its entirety. Dave Winfield made his debut on June 19, 1973, one year after a player strike and four months after an owners' lockout. In a Hall of Fame career that ended in 1995, Winfield endured four strikes and two lockouts that wiped a total of 1,650 games from the major league schedule.
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November 18, 2010 | By Kevin Baxter
No major U.S. professional sports league has been more troubled or embarrassed by labor strife than baseball. And although it may be too early to declare lasting peace in our time, it certainly looks as if there is peace for the time being. Preliminary negotiations have already begun on a new collective bargaining agreement, one that will replace the deal between the teams and their players that expires after next season. Unlike in years past, there are no ominous storm clouds gathering this time.
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April 12, 2008 | Bill Shaikin, Times Staff Writer
Baseball owners and players agreed Friday on a revised drug program that grants amnesty to all players cited in the Mitchell Report as users of performance-enhancing substances. "It is time for the game to move forward," Commissioner Bud Selig said in a statement. "There is little to be gained at this point in debating dated misconduct and enduring numerous disciplinary proceedings."
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December 15, 2007 | Bill Shaikin, Times Staff Writer
NEW YORK -- With human growth hormone emerging as the drug of choice for baseball players, Rep. Henry A. Waxman (D-Beverly Hills) said Friday he would consider federal funding to support the search for an effective HGH test. That prospect cheered Dr. Don Catlin, the former UCLA scientist charged by baseball with developing a urine test for HGH. "I'd certainly put my hat in the ring for a grant," said Catlin, who now runs the Anti-Doping Research Institute in Los Angeles.
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October 27, 2007 | Bob Baker, Bob Baker, a former Times reporter and editor, is a freelance writer.
I'd like clergymen throughout the nation to join me in this prayer. It should be recited by 5:30 PDT this evening, when the World Series moves from Boston to Denver: Lord, in the name of all that is generous and all that looks coldly upon greed, please let there be snow in Denver for the next 14 days. Let your wrath take the form of tiny, angry darts of white flakes that shall paralyze the World Series. Lord, I know you resent and dismiss the prayers of one-issue brokers.
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March 17, 1990 | ROSS NEWHAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Negotiators for the baseball owners and players, attempting to preserve the April 2 start of the regular season, were still locked in a collective bargaining session in New York at 1:30 EST this morning. Commissioner Fay Vincent, who returned to his Manhattan office when the talks resumed there at 9:50 Friday night, delayed an expected announcement that some regular-season games will be canceled or postponed as the Major League Players Assn.
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November 18, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Baseball owners voted unanimously Thursday in Milwaukee to ratify a tough new steroid policy, which includes a 50-game suspension for a first positive test. Approval from the players' association executive board is considered a formality. "I think everybody's very, very happy this is finally behind us," Dodger owner Frank McCourt said. "It's a very strong policy, and it's great to have this behind us so we can talk about baseball, not steroids."
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January 29, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Pittsburgh's Kevin McClatchy lashed out at other baseball owners Friday for a return of free-agent spending that he fears may steer some clubs close to bankruptcy. McClatchy, the Pirates' managing general partner, warned of a growing division between big-payroll and small-market clubs that could lead to contentious owners meetings and a much-harder stance during the next labor negotiations. The labor deal with players runs until December 2006.
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