Angelos kept in dark on new proposal


NEW YORK -- Acting baseball commissioner Bud Selig said yesterday that there was little internal dissent over management's decision to reject a union revenue-sharing proposal, but there is some question just how hard he has tried to get a consensus from the teams that might not share his hard-line philosophy.

Mr. Selig said during a news conference that all major-league owners were apprised of the players union proposal and the decision to reject it before yesterday's bargaining session, but at least one club didn't get a phone call or a fax.

"I have received nothing," said Orioles owner Peter G. Angelos. "I had someone call and ask what it would cost us, and I had to get the terms out of the newspaper to try and figure it out."

The union revenue-sharing proposal would have cost the Orioles between $4.8 million and $5.3 million. Club officials aren't saying that they would have voted to accept it, but they never were given the opportunity to discuss it.

"I talked to two other clubs this afternoon," said Orioles vice chairman Joe Foss, "and they had not been contacted either."

Mr. Angelos apparently has alienated baseball's ruling class with his criticism of the way the owners have handled their labor dispute with the players, but he owns one of the teams that would pay the most in whatever revenue-sharing system eventually goes into effect. Boston Red Sox general partner John Harrington has been charged with keeping him informed but has not spoken with him during this critical juncture in the negotiations.

"I don't know if he's being singled out," said one high-ranking baseball executive, "because I don't know if he's the only one. There are a lot of clubs in that boat."

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