August 16, 1992 |
Baseball Commissioner Fay Vincent sat in his New York office last week, surrounded by photographs of friends and heroes, including President Bush, Whitey Ford and his father. He wore a summer suit and a floral print necktie. He occasionally reached for an ashtray with a large cigar parked inside. For about 50 minutes, he spoke directly and indirectly about his troubles with baseball's most demanding, most fickle audience--the 28 major-league baseball owners. Vincent has had plenty of trouble.
July 28, 1992 |
From courtrooms to boardrooms, from labor to "The Boss," baseball commissioner Fay Vincent isn't afraid of a little heat. Vincent is fighting battles on a dozen fronts, protecting himself and the best interests of the game. Seated behind a deceptively uncluttered desk last week, Vincent spoke at length about the game, some of its problems and stars and his personal past and future. Here are excerpts of the conversation.
June 20, 1992
Steve Howe is busted for drugs for the seventh time, is suspended for the seventh time, threatens to sue baseball for suspending him and most likely will remain in baseball. Pete Rose admits to gambling on sports, is kicked out of baseball and is left off the ballot for the Hall of Fame. What are Fay Vincent and the rest of baseball's hierarchy thinking about? MARK C. RICHARDSON Glendale
June 19, 1992 |
Steve Howe will get a chance to plead his case to Fay Vincent before the commissioner decides on the length of the New York Yankee relief pitcher's latest drug-related suspension. Howe was suspended last week after pleading guilty to a charge of attempting to possess one gram of cocaine. The pitcher appealed the suspension through the union, as provided in the collective bargaining agreement.
July 29, 1991 |
Nearly one year has elapsed since Fay Vincent removed George Steinbrenner's hands from the Yankees. Steinbrenner has not stopped waving them since. The Boss may be out of sight, and maybe even out of mind, but he remains driven in his attempt to recapture control of the Yankees. Some things just never change. Step by step, Steinbrenner is trying to climb back. He's working different angles, piecing together a case he hopes will return him to power.
July 6, 1991
In last week's Viewpoint, David P. Gleason asked two questions about Pete Rose. I shall be happy to answer them: (1) Who has done more for major league baseball, Pete Rose or Fay Vincent? Fay Vincent. He contributes to the game every day by enforcing the rules and maintaining the game's integrity. (2) Why is Pete so chastised while others are ignored? I'm sorry to be rude and answer a question with a question, but what others? Who else: --Willingly violated the rules of the game he claimed to love?
June 29, 1991
Fay Vincent says Pete Rose attending a minor league game "raises some serious questions." I agree, such as: (1) Who has done more for Major League Baseball, Pete Rose or Fay Vincent? (2) Why is Pete so chastised while others are ignored? DAVID P. GLEASON Woodland Hills
November 6, 1990 |
George Steinbrenner wants to regain control of the New York Yankees' dealings in the free agent market, but has been turned down by Commissioner Fay Vincent. Steinbrenner wrote to Vincent recently and asked for permission to get involved in free agent talks. "There's a clause that says I may ask for permission to deal in matters of a material and extraordinary nature," Steinbrenner told Newsday in an article published in today's editions.