Stay by the Bay

Baseball's owners veto the San Francisco Giants' move to Florida

THE WINDS OF CHANGE -- AND MONEY -- SEEMED CERtain to lift the San Francisco Giants baseball team out of their drafty, weather-beaten stadium and carry them to a new air-conditioned dome and a $115 million buyout offer in St. Petersburg, Florida. Then the wind shifted. Baseball team owners voted 9 to 4 to keep the Giants put, opting for a $100 million counteroffer and a pledge for a new stadium. "It's a game of tradition," trumpeted Chicago Cubs owner Stanton Cook in explaining the vote.

Tradition or no, the decision made for big winners and big losers. Tops among the...

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