The Major League Baseball Players Association filed a grievance yesterday in an attempt to block the Houston Astros' 26-game road trip next season caused by the Republican National Convention.
The Houston Sports Association, which owns the Astrodome and the Astros, rented the stadium to the Republican National Committee for four weeks. HSA chairman John McMullen did not ask for permission from the National League before renting out the stadium.
The Republican convention is scheduled for Aug. 17-20, but organizers say they needed additional time to set up facilities.
The union says the 26-game road trip violates the NL constitution and asked George Nicolau, baseball's arbitrator, to order the trip shortened.