Owners Vote to Contract

Joe Mauer
Photo: Tony Farlow

Major League Baseball owners voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to authorize commissioner Bud Selig to begin the process of contracting two teams prior to the start of the 2002 season. Selig would not name any teams in particular, but all signs point to the Minnesota Twins and Montreal Expos being dissolved.

Union executive director Donald Fehr was not pleased with the decision. He called it “inconsistent with the law, our contract, and perhaps most important, the long term welfare of the sport.”

Obviously, this news will have a trickle-down effect on the minor leagues. It seems that every affiliated minor league team will play in 2002. Contraction could still cause some major problems for the minor leagues.

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