Sport: Three Strikes, You're Out

With talks deadlocked, baseball's opening day is in jeopardy

A month ago, only cynics believed the owners of the 26 major-league baseball teams would seriously consider putting the 1990 season in danger. Management's Feb. 15 lockout of players from spring-training camps in Florida and Arizona was largely seen as a negotiating ploy, a bit of bluff and bluster that might hasten agreement on a new contract and get the game going on time, before any serious money was lost. The events of last week, though, proved the cynics correct. Talks between the club owners and the Major League Players Association remained deadlocked. In an eleventh-hour gesture, Commissioner Fay Vincent offered...

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