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Players association nixes Cardinals trip


The St. Louis Cardinals' two-game exhibition series with a Japanese all-star team in Barcelona, Spain, next month was called off yesterday because the Major League Baseball Players Association refused to approve it.

Donald Fehr, the association's executive director, declined to discuss why the union would not go along, saying only, "It just never came together."

A lawyer involved in discussions for the trip, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said Frank Heffron, head of the Major League Baseball International Partnership, refused to consult with the union. The partnership is jointly owned by Major League Baseball, NBC and Pascoe Nally Inc., a British advertising agency, for promotional and broadcast ventures.

* TIGERS: More than half the Detroit residents surveyed oppose using city tax money to build a new stadium, according to a newspaper poll published yesterday.

Of those surveyed, 68 percent opposed city financing, 27 percent supported using public money, and 5 percent were undecided, according to the poll conducted for The Detroit Free Press.

City officials dismiss the poll results as irrelevant because there never has been a proposal to use city money.

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