|05-29-2002, 10:35 AM||#1|
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Twins could be saved
Apparently the MLB and others are trying to settle the Twins contraction lawsuit, and the proposed settlement would keep the Twinkies around for at least another year:
MLB, commission will vote on settlement today
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins would play in Minnesota at least through the 2003 season under a proposed lawsuit settlement that was to be voted today.
Under the plan, the team would not be on baseball's list of teams to be eliminated for the 2003 season, the Star Tribune reported Wednesday, citing three unnamed sources familiar with the proposed settlement.
Attorneys for the Twins, Major League Baseball and the Metropolitan Sports Facility Commission agreed to recommend the settlement to their clients, significantly increasing the likelihood that it will be approved.
The commission, which operates the Metrodome, filed a lawsuit in November to force the Twins to stay in Minnesota and honor their lease. The main claim is that baseball, by threatening to disband the Twins, illegally interfered with the commission's ability to get a long-term lease with the team.
Both sides are expected to vote on the settlement Wednesday, but the deal is not considered a slam dunk.
The deal was reached in private Tuesday in the courtroom of Hennepin County District Judge Harry Crump, who asked attorneys for all parties involved to work out a settlement.
Under the proposed deal, the commission would still have the option of filing a new lawsuit to prevent the Twins from leaving or being disbanded before the 2004 season.
If the commission approves the deal, baseball attorneys will present the proposed settlement to the owners, who are meeting in Chicago.
Joe Anthony, a Minneapolis attorney representing Major League Baseball, declined to discuss the deal, but said: "Major League Baseball is enthusiastic about the community's efforts to build a stadium to make the Twins a viable franchise. ... Judge Crump did an excellent job of bringing the parties together to address a difficult issue.''
Under the proposed agreement, the commission's lawsuit would be dismissed with prejudice against the Twins, which means the team is released from claims made by the commission. However, the lawsuit would be dismissed without prejudice against Major League Baseball, meaning those claims could be renewed against the owners if the commission decides to file another lawsuit.
Also, the commission agreed that it would not sue Major League Baseball during the 2002 and 2003 seasons other than to enforce the Twins' obligation to play in those two years.
If the lawsuit is dropped, the commission's demands for documents from the team and from Major League Baseball also would be dropped. The commission had been seeking papers on the internal plans for baseball to eliminate teams.
|05-29-2002, 11:11 AM||#2|
I heard the judge was pushing the settlement because he doesn't want to be the one to rule against MLB, again.
Contraction won't work in the US because every locality will put up suits to block it and I bet no judge who has to be elected will be the one who tells MLB they can go ahead and go.
|05-29-2002, 04:20 PM||#3|
Good call. I jsut think things are screwed up right now. I really hope the twins don't move--there are so many other options. I don't see ventura letting htem leave either!
|05-29-2002, 05:32 PM||#5|
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Problem is ...
Ok, the owners (at least Bud says so ...) seem committed to contraction. Even the players have seemed somewhat willing to discuss it in return for other things (larger rosters, etc). While I'd rather see Montreal move, let's say that Montreal is to be contracted and Minnesota cannot be for whatever reason (settlement, suit, stadium extortion works ...) - who then becomes the next target? Bud's said 6-8 teams are in danger of folding so ...
Florida? Maybe. Loria is the Angel of Death, but the Florida AG will sue in ways Minnesota hasn't thought of.
Tampa? Should be, but see above. It would also look bad to contract a team so quickly after starting it - tho Bud did that with the Pilots.
Kansas City? Hmmm ... small market, old stadium that wont get replaced, Bud-friendly owner, and AL. Looks like we might have a winner. Or is it loser?
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"I was pulling for Pete and agreeing with (commissioner) Bud Selig that Pete should be eligible for the Hall of Fame," said Giles, now chairman of the Phillies. "Bud was close to making him eligible right after his meeting with Pete (November 2002). Right after that, Pete got into tax trouble (in California), and that delayed the process."
- Phillies Chairman Bill Giles in the Dayton Daily News, January 25th, 2004.
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