NEW YORK -- With President Clinton already on the record with his views of the baseball shutdown and Congress preparing for hearings on the game's antitrust exemption, state and city politicians are joining the battle to get striking players back on the field.
Richard Brodsky, Democratic assemblyman from New York's Westchester County, said Monday he would introduce a bill in the New York State Assembly Tuesday that would prevent the Mets and the Yankees from playing games with replacement players in Shea and Yankee Stadiums.
A similar bill affecting the Orioles was introduced yesterday in the Baltimore City Council. That bill could be titled the Angelos Protection Act because it presumably would bar Major League Baseball from taking disciplinary action against Peter Angelos, the Orioles' owner, who has said the Orioles will not field a replacement team.
Assemblyman Brodsky wants to make sure the New York managers, coaches and trainers couldn't work with replacement players in the teams' publicly owned stadiums. His bill also would bar the teams from advertising replacement games as major-league games and would require cable companies to refund money to subscribers if replacement games are shown.
"We're making sure we're covering all the ethical issues raised by the strike," Brodsky said.
"We don't want to take sides in the strike, but we don't want people to be fooled and we don't want people to have to pay for something they're not getting."
The chances of the bill's success are uncertain. The assembly has a large Democratic majority, and a Brodsky aide said the Democrats "are on board" on the bill.
Joe McIlvaine, the Mets' general manager, declined to comment on the bill.