Wilmington Evening Journal - June 6, 1980
Baseball: Owners ratify basic agreement by 21-5 vote
Despite "certain reservations" over items in the new baseball players basic agreement, the major league owners turned back opposition and, as expected, voted to ratify the contract by a 21-5 vote yesterday.
"Some clubs had certain reservations over certain parts of it," Lee MacPhail, American League president, said. "But it didn't mean that as a whole they would be opposed to it."
St. Louis, Oakland, Minnesota, Cleveland and San Diego all voted against the pact. But a simple 14-12 majority with a minimum of five teams from each league was required to approve the four-year agreement.
The Major League Players Association still has to vote on ratification.
The key issue in the bargaining prior to the May 23 tentative agreement had been compensation for free agents. That item was put off and a four-man committee of players and owners will be appointed to discuss the issue and make recommendations by Feb. 1, 1981. If approved by both sides, the recommendation would become part of the contract.
Should a compromise not be reached by that date, the owners would be free to implement their compensation proposal and the players would be free to strike.
On other matters, the new agreement increased the minimum salary from $21,000 to $30,000 granted an increased allowance for players expenses, increased owners' annual contribution to players' pension fund from $8.3 million to $15.5 million, and reduced the number of years of league experience required from three to two before a player can submit his contract to binding arbitration.
Ray Grebey, the owners attorney, said St. Louis voiced the strongest opposition to the agreement during the meeting in a hotel at O’Hare International Airport.
"The Cardinals feel we should have stood fast, rather than taking the compensation arrangement provided for next year," Grebey said. "They felt we should have insisted on it now or had a strike."
Minnesota owner Calvin Griffith was also unhappy with the free-agent compensation resolution. "I've lost too darn many Minnesota Twins (to free agency). If I spend a million dollars to develop a player so he can become a star and then he goes somewhere else to get more money, then I feel I should get something back in return," he said.
Cleveland objected to the benefits package included in the contract.
"As a matter of principle we thought too much was given up in pension," said Cleveland General Manager Gabe Paul. "We fully expected It (the agreement) to be ratified, but we felt we had to vote our conscience and principle."
Oakland, San Diego and Minnesota did not state their reasons for rejecting the contract during the meeting, said Grebey, who added that the pact was discussed for about 30 minutes before the vote was taken.
Phils open series with Cubs tonight
PHILADELPHIA – It's back home again for the Phillies for the next nine games starting tonight against the Chicago Cubs.
Manager Dallas Green's club has won 11 of the last 15 home games. For the season, they are hitting .289 at the Vet (.270 over-all), scoring an average of 5.75 runs per game. Led by Mike Schmidt with 11 homers and Greg Luzinski, 10, the Phillies have out-homered the opposition, 29-16.
While the Phillies have had success at the Vet this season, the Cubs are the lone Eastern Division club to have a winning record at the Vet since the stadium was opened in 1971. Chicago leads the Phillies, 41-40.
EXTRA POINTS - Pitching for the series is set with the Cubs' Mike Krukow (2-5 lifetime vs. Phils) against rookie Bob Walk, making his third major league start... Saturday night, Rick Reuschel (13-7 vs. Phils lifetime) vs. Randy Lerch... Sunday afternoon, T-Shirt Day, Lynn McGlothen (7-6 lifetime vs. Phils) opposes Dick Ruthven... Steve Carlton's next start will be Monday night... Dave Kingman has hit 12 homers in his career at the Vet; his last coming in 1977 while with San Diego... Mike Schmidt needs four more hits for 1,000... He leads majors in home runs (14), RBI (42) and runs (41)... Bake McBride is hitting .327 with 25 RBI in last 27 games... Pete Rose needs eight more hits to tie Honus Wagner for fifth place on the all-time list... Phillies lead league with 88 doubles, 44 home runs, 233 runs and a .607 percentage for night games (17-11 record)... After Cubs, Giants come in for Monday-Tuesday-Wednesday nights and Padres next weekend... Trading deadline comes up at midnight June 15... In 1972 when Carlton won 27, lost 10; he was 6-6 after his first 12 decisions. His sixth victory broke a five-game losing streak and was the first of 15 straight victories... When Robin Roberts was 28-7 in 1952, he was only 7-5 after 12 decisions... Ron Guidry of the Yankees en route to a 25-3 season two years ago, won his first 13 games.