Owners delay realignment, AL-NL play

June 13, 1993|By Los Angeles Times

Interleague play and three-division realignment are out unti 1995, at the earliest.

"Too many clubs feel there are too many bugs in it to vote until later this summer," said Bud Selig, owner of the Milwaukee Brewers and chairman of the governing executive council.

However, the major-league owners, meeting in Denver on Wednesday and Thursday, are expected to approve an expanded playoff concept that would have both the American and National Leagues remaining in two divisions, with either the second-place finishers in each division qualifying for the playoffs or the four teams with the best percentages after the winners.

This concept would be implemented next season, providing the players union approves it. The union, however, may withhold its approval, viewing it as a potential wedge to keep the current compensation system intact.

Richard Ravitch, president of the owners' Player Relations Committee, said that Don Fehr, executive director of the union, hTC refused to discuss approval of an expanded playoff when Ravitch met with him.

Ravitch said he told Fehr that players would receive the same 60 percent of the gate from the first four playoff games they now receive and Fehr merely laughed.

"He took the approach that I would expect him to take," Ravitch said.

"He said, 'Why would I agree to it now? It's part of the next `D negotiations.' "

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