Text of statement

January 20, 1999

Text of the joint statement from the American and Cuban baseball delegations:

"A delegation of representatives of the Baltimore Orioles, Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association arrived at Jose Marti Airport in Havana on the night of Jan. 15, 1999. Among others in the delegation were Peter Angelos, chairman and owner of the Baltimore Orioles; Sandy Alderson, executive vice president, baseball operations, Major League Baseball; Tony Bernazard, director of international relations of the Major League Baseball Players Association; and B. J. Surhoff, a player with the Baltimore Orioles. The Orioles traveling party of 12 was greeted at the airport by leaders of INDER and the National Baseball Commission.

"Since the time of arrival, there have been productive discussions between the parties. As a result of these discussions, progress has been achieved in a number of areas including the dates, locations and times of the games to be played; the rules governing the games; the equipment to be used, such as wooden bats; and the number and nationality of the umpires. Also, the parties dealt with issues regarding visas and landing permits.

"There are important areas which are unresolved at this time but which will remain the subject of continuing discussions in the days ahead."

Pub Date: 1/20/99

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