Japanese group alters bid for Mariners

March 19, 1992|By McClatchy News Service

SEATTLE QFB — SEATTLE -- The Baseball Club of Seattle is through tinkering with its offer to buy the Seattle Mariners and is ready to put the matter up to a vote of major-league owners -- perhaps before Opening Day on April 6 -- sources said yesterday.

In response to requests last week from baseball officials, representatives of the Japanese-backed investment group offered a slightly altered management plan at a private meeting yesterday in Dallas.

The changes presented by the Seattle group did not fully alleviate the foreign-investment concerns of Fred Kuhlmann, chairman of baseball's owners committee, and Bobby Brown, president of the American League, those privy to the negotiations said. But Kuhlmann, nonetheless, agreed to again put the Seattle proposal before his full 10-member committee.

"In my view, it was a good meeting, and we are continuing to make progress," said John Ellis, president of Baseball Club of Seattle, who attended the Dallas meeting with Frank Shrontz, chairman of the Boeing Co. and one of the group's directors.

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