Angelos keeps peace with peers

March 10, 1995|By Peter Schmuck | Peter Schmuck,Sun Staff Writer

PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Orioles owner Peter Angelos came to Major League Baseball's quarterly owners meeting prepared for a verbal onslaught from disgruntled fellow owners, but his resistance to replacement baseball went unchallenged during the three-day meeting.

"There were no threats," Angelos said. "They were all very cordial."

There also was no vote to approve the use of replacement players during the regular season. Angelos asked acting commissioner Bud Selig months ago to put the matter in front of a full ownership vote, but the owners postponed any definitive action until it becomes absolutely necessary.

"We'll have a meeting when and if I deem it necessary," Selig said. "It will be nearer to the end of March."

Though baseball's Executive Committee has insisted that it has the authority to go forward with the replacement strategy without a vote of the 28 owners, American League attorney William Schweitzer assured Angelos during a visit to Baltimore in January that a vote would be taken before the start of the regular season.

Angelos has not wavered in his resistance to replacement baseball, and is expected to sue the American League if it attempts to sanction him for his stand. He could be subject to heavy fines, indefinite suspension and even an attempt to lift the Orioles franchise.

"I'm sure he [AL president Gene Budig] has confidence in his position, and we have confidence in ours," Angelos said.

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