Baseball commissioner Fay Vincent said he expects Leonard Kleinman's lawsuit against him to be dropped today, a key step in George Steinbrenner's campaign to regain control of the New York Yankees.
Kleinman, former chief operating officer of the Yankees, sued Vincent for $22 million after the commissioner blocked him from succeeding Steinbrenner as managing general partner in August 1990. Steinbrenner paid for the suit at first, then asked Kleinman to drop it when it became an obstacle to Steinbrenner's discussing a return to the Yankees.
When Kleinman refused to do so, the Yankees fired him Feb. 21.
Under a deal worked out between Kleinman and the Yankees, he would receive $1.05 million -- the remainder of his contract with the club -- for dropping the suit.
* MARINERS: Baseball's ownership committee will meet by teleconference Thursday to set the date for its next in-person meeting to discuss the sale of the club to a Japanese-backed group.
Fred Kuhlmann of the Cardinals, chairman of the ownership committee, said he would announce the site of the meeting after Thursday's session.
At the meeting, the committee expects to issue a recommendation on the proposal to purchase the club from Jeff Smulyan.