Astros plan 28-day road trip

May 11, 1991

The Houston Astros will play all their home games at the Astrodome in 1992, but likely will have a 28-day road trip to accommodate the Republican Party's National Convention.

Astros vice president Ted Haracz met with the National League scheduling committee in Chicago on Wednesday.

Haracz told the Houston Chronicle the league was against playing any home games in New Orleans or other places while the GOP takes access to the Dome from July 27 to Aug. 24 to set up and tear down the convention.

"I would be very surprised if we didn't play 81 games here in 1992 with one long road trip," Haracz said. "It's not something the Astros endorse or reject. It's what the league wants, and we really don't have much say in it. If we didn't play all the games in the Dome, the league feels it might cause a competitive imbalance."

The convention, scheduled for Aug. 17-20, originally wanted access to the Dome for six weeks before the meeting and a

week afterward. But the GOP agreed with convention supporters to limit the time to four weeks because of the baseball schedule.

When the Major League Baseball Players Association objected to such a long road trip for the team, Astros chairman John McMullen said the team could play some games at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans.

* ATHLETICS: Dave Stewart went on the disabled list for the first time in his 11-year career, ending a streak of 166 straight starts.

Stewart pulled a muscle in his left side while pitching Wednesday against the Baltimore Orioles, and the Athletics decided to take no chances with their ace, putting him on the 15-day disabled list yesterday.

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