:!U GREELEY (Colo.) TRIBUNE T*tt.,MÂ«rcfclÂ«, 17Â« Baseball owners accept 'one-and-one' player option concept Hv RALPH BERNSTEIN ,U Sports Writer ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Major league owners have reluctantly accepted the "one-and-one" option concept for the next several years and proposed a future reserve sys- loin that would end their 100 years of absolute control of a baseball players' destiny. The proposal, made through the players' association Monday, would, in effect, give all COO players a chance to be free igenls at the expiration of their [ircsent contracts. After that, tiie owners offered a reserve Â·ystem that would tie a player lo his team for eight years. Lee MacPhail, American = eague president and a mem- Â·cr of the owners' players rela- ions committee, described the "oposal as far-reaching and 'Â·y result of an inner struggle tat made it far from unani- "But, in order to get spring training started and baseball back on the track and a reasonable future reserve system ... we have agreed to go along with it," MacPhail said. "It is our last and final proposal..." The owners' bid for labor peace in baseball was handed to Marvin Miller, executive director of the players' association, and a reply requested by April 1. Miller said hs group would take it under consideration. The proposal did not unlock the spring training camp gates. That still depends on the players' association reaction to the offer. The owners and baseball Commissioner Bowie Kuhn have said that spring training will open when progress is made in the negotiations. The two sides were to meet again today, and Miller scheduled a meeting Wednesday in Tampa with the association's 24-member executive board. Miller noted that the owners attached to their proposal i memo that opening of spring training was contingent on a favorable recommendation by the board to the players. In the 10-page owners' proposal, they agreed to abide by an arbitrator's decision in the case of pitchers Andy Messersmith and Dave McNally, which gave them free agent status after they had completed their one-year contract, then played the following year without signing a contract -- the one-and-one clause.Twofederal courts upheld this landmark decision. Ironically, Messersmith's free agency is effective today, just seven days after a federal appeals court supported last year's decision by arbitrator Peter Seiti that made the pitcher free to deal with all 24 clubs. The free agency offered the rest of the players is slightly different than that won by Mes- Â·ersmith. While Menenmith can deal with any major league club, players granted free agent status under the owners' plan would be placed in a pool, and be allowed to negotiate with a maximum of eight teams. The teams interested in a free agent would be picked In inverse order of standings of the previous season -- last shall be first and on up the standings. A club losing a player conceivably could be one of the eight teams chosen to bid for him. Under the owners' plan, if 16 or fewer players are in the selection pool, no club could sign more than one; from 17 to 40 players, not more than two, and from 41 to 64 players, not more than three. Any club may be eligible to sign as many players as it may have lost. The plan contains a repeat- er's right. After once becoming a frat agent, a player become* eligible to ask for a trade after he completes an additional three years of major league service. Or he could become a free agent again after an additional four years and an option year. Under his "one-and-one" formula, some of baseball's biggest stan are eligible for free agency at the end of the 1876 season -- Tom Seaver, Rod Carew, Reggie Jackson, Vida Blue, Sal Bando, Carleton Fisk, Carl Yastnemski, Bobby Grich, Bobby Bonds, Bert Blyleven, Thurman Munson, Craig Nettles, Dick Allen, Willie McCovey, Rick Monday, Ted Simmons and Dave Cash. Many of the owners fought ,lhe proposal offered to the players Monday. They contend it means bankruptcy for their franchises. A spokesman for August Busch, owner of the St. Louis Cardinals, said, "I'm afraid Augie will feel he has been sold down the river. Don't be surprised if he sells his franchise." The owners' proposal was presented after eight months of negotiations covering 30 sessions. Two days were needed by their committee to hammer out the document, which calls for a seven-and-one reserve clause to become effective after the 1976-77 seasons. Under the seven-and-one, a player with seven years major league experience could play out an option year and become a free agent. The same system as used in the one-and-one -the player pool, the eight bidders in inverse order, the limit on the number players allowed any one team are effective in the seven-and-one formula. There is one difference between the one-and-one and the seven-and-one as presented by the owners. There is no compensation for a team losing a player under (he one-and-one free agency. In the seven-and- one plan, the team losing I player receives compensation of two limes the player's annual salary up to Â»75,000 a year, p|us the team's rank in attendance times $5,000. Thus, if a player earns 575,000 a year, Ihe team he leaves would get $150,000, and If 24th in attendance, an additional $120,000 or a maximum of $270,000. This formula is reduced by one-third for each year over eight of Ihe free agent's major league service. The owners' proposal also included $1,000 increases in the minimum salary from $10,000 in 1976 lo $21,000 in 1979; a lowering of the roster limit from 25 to 24 in the event of a two-team expansion and to 23 in a four- club expansion; and a $7,700,000 contribution to the player benefit plan in each of four years through 1979. Tribune Sports pages For sale: 600 baseball players could become a free agent and throw himself on the market. The exception would be those players with long-term contracts. They are a handful. But they could gain their freedom a Players may reject !!)Â· RALPH BERNSTEIN /\P Sports Writer Â·T. PETERSBURG, Fla. .! - Marvin Miller, execu- e director of the Major "ir Baseball Players Asso: i i o n . said today he "person- v -viM recommend rejection" tin.' owners' final proposal ; a labor agreement and that, 'Â·'^ upiniyn, the union's exec- Â· Â·-,Â·Â· h-i;trd will do thc same. "1 do not presume to make a decision for the executive board," said Miller, who picked the owners' proposals apart piece by piece after a closed two-hour session which included some 25 major league stars. Â· Â· ^pnng U-aming or the conduct By WILL GRIMSLEY AP Special Correspondent ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- For sale: possibly as many as COO major league baseball players. All sizes. All shapes. All year after their contract is up. ages. Bargain prices? Don't Not that any of them will, but count on it. they can. This is the first thunderclap The game could become one impression of the startling pro- big bazaar. Franchises could be posal made by the owners to jeopardized, strong teams such the players Monday in a last as the Oakland A's could see what their "fi Â· foTLse- id he was disturhed desperate attempt to break the ""' h " thc S P""8 Irainin 8 "Â«"Â» "" -Â«t "In my talks with the play- particularly by one recommen- ers," he said, "it is my opinion iatim in tnc ownm . pr0 posal, that the board will not approve lhal .. No grievam .es for unfair "This is their conscience talking. They know there have been viola- rf'the" 1976 sea's'on" In effect, the weary owners told the players: this document.' labor practices will be filed in Miller has scheduled a meet- CMlneclion wilh lhe in could cite any specific violations. "Yes," he replied. "A club owner called his players together and began talking about bargaining on Monday, before this document had ever been approved by the owners or the players." Would you say wiio the owner was? Miller was asked. "Brad Corbctt of thc Texas Rangers," Miller responded. "He had about 25 players at a meeting in Pompano." have In effect, the weary owners have told the players: "Okay, you wanted your freedom. Now you've got it. What are you going to do with it?" If the players accept it--and how can they now refuse?-then for the next two years the proud o!d American game conceivably could be thrown into a stale of chaos. In those two years, virtually every player -- the great, the near-great and the mediocre -- their shelves stripped clean, teams such as the San Francisco Giants and the Minnesota Twins might have to struggle lo survive. Some coutd go bankrupt. NFL owners to decide dates for player drafts By LAWRENCE OLSEN Bay Buccaneers and the CORONADO, Calif. (DPI) - regular draft of college players Commissioner Pete Rozelle to all 28 NFL clubs, says the National Football League expansion and college football drafts, delayed by the courts after a lawsuit filed by the league's two expansion franchises, will be completed by early next month. j"Both drafts will be held wilhin three weeks of this came , 0 the meeting in hopes of meeting,' Rozelle said at a ,, ,,, adm | ssion1 7 n(0 news conference Monday. He [ he , Â° said the owners will probably Messersmith and Dave McNally free agents because the} played a year without a contract. The decision was upheld by two federal courts. That, unless the Supreme Court says otherwise -- and it hasn't even been asked -- becomes the law of the land. Now the owners, under heavy stress, have told the players that they will agree to let this law prevail for the next two years. A player may play an option year, then become a free agent and look around for a buyer with a lot of dough, just as Catfish Hunter did. But don't expect loo many That's the dark picture. The Catfish Hunters. When Charley other picture is (hat level heads Finley, owner of thc Oakland will prevail, among both play- A's, pulled a boner on Catfish's crs and owners, and that the contract, Hunter got his free- system will survive. dom and signed with thc New But the potential of sclf-de- York Yankees for $3.7 million. struction is there. No one is es- "Catfish was a unique case," pecially to blame. But attribute says Tom Seaver, the New it to growing pains. After near- York Mots' $170,000-n-year ly 100 years of resistance to pitching property. "Yon can't change and archaic policies, expect any recurrences like the game is waking up to thc that. It's a case of supply and 20th Century. demand. An arbitrator set the pattern "With more people playing by declaring pitchers Andy out their options, there would be more supply than demand." Seaver, the Mets' three-lime Cy Young winner and maybe the best pitcher in baseball, can speak sympathetically of the case because he might find himself in a similar situation. Asking a three-year $800,000 contract, Seaver failed to sign before the March 10 deadline. The Mets renewed his contract, Bassett, who owns the Grizzlies and rights to former Miami Dolphin stars Larry Csonka, .lim Kiick and Paul WArfield, SPHINC; TRAINING AT TIIE WHITE ;USE -- Owners and players in big league Â·'Â·iseball are still at such odds over the reserve clause that (lie 197Cspring training is very late wiling started. In fact, it may not get started at all. But in Washington it's play ball. George Washington University plays Providence College Sunday on the Ellipse in front of the White House. George Washington won G-5. (AP Wirephoto) Other items on the meeting agenda include selection of the nwrwre oathprpH hnrp fnr ', ' Â·"", L. ."," 1978 Super Bowl site, considera- uwners gamerea nere ior ( wo expansion franchises take ,. set the pick for top college players for one week-after the as is their prerogative, but without the allowed 20 per cent cut in pay. Unless he signs, Seaver will he playing out his option this year and will become a free agent in 1977. "You can't expect Soavcr to But what about the Oakland A's? Fourteen of them -- all lhc regulars, starting pilchcrs and ace reliever Hollie Fingers -- have failed to sign with owner Charley Finley. It's possible for them, after this season, to sell their services elsewhere. Such a mass exit could wreck the team thai won three straight World Scries. Marvin Miller, the smooth and clever players' negotiator, insists that (he threat of mass free agents is exaggerated. Most players say Ibcre will be fewer desertions from old team loyalties than one might expect. Mosl players, they contend, appreciate the filling of security. Bcsidcr,, (here I:: no cerlninty that clubs arc going to be around tossing oul big bonuses and fat conlr.icls (In the contrary, players who dc.scrt tine team inir.li! iinil it difficult lo latch on to another. The suRRc.'.liiiii t h a t licit own- tis will collar (li-j market and make farces of lite various races also is illogical. It hasn't happened. JOHNSTOWN FEED SEED Phone: 507-4681 Place your order early (or Small Grains and Pinto Beans Ask about Fielder Wheat! week-long meetings, he said, [ncjr c h oic(! of ,, nllrot( ,,[,,.i """ "' F'Â«KÂ«=:Â« Â·Â«"= tuan K = will decide the exact dates for TM, P ,nÂ« unproteclca including a suggestion lo widen leave New York," said Reggie veterans. the player allocalion draft of ftie two drafts were original- veteran players going to the ly scheduled for late January Seattle Seahawks and Tampa and early February but owners Jim Murray Copyright I9M. l.os Angeles Times field / the owners' Council of its the collective Smith of the St. Louis Cardinals. "That's where Ihe big TV networks and advertising people are. Seaver has to play i Ntnvs item; "Players Association director Marvin Miller .;.-. ?i;iM:hall players can run season by themselves. 'Wo will Â· i r . o agents by April 25 and can seek community ownership ! Ihe team by players, 1 he warns baseball owners.") The scene is the dugout of a National League contending am. It is April, and, as we look in, thc player rep, Mugshot Marshall is holding a lineup card. He speaks: Muihot: "Gilhooley, you're pitching today. Get warmed ip-" (iilhuoley: "Wait a minute! I pitched a week ago Monday, i it ;un I. a machine? Get somebody else in (here! Every J i-. r week, it's pilch, pitch, pitch. I'm getting sick of it." Mugshot: "Somebody's got to pitch." Gilhooley: "Tell me, where does it say that?! Look, I'm nit: twenty-fifth owner of this team, right? I got a right to say . l i i n i I pilch and when I don'1. Today, I don't." Mugshot; "Just because we're playing the Reds! You don't .viint to face Bench, Morgan, Rose, Perez, I know! Well, it Â·night help you lo know that Bench is playing golf today, -lirrgnn has down home, he had some problems *ith his liquor .ore. And Hose says he wants to go hack to thc outfield, and .on't play till they let him." (iilhnnlcy: "I don't rare, Iflol a hangover, and I say I'm not pitching, period!" M n r s h n f - "l.nrkwritf, ynn'rn h a t t i n g fourth tomorrow." [jockwrist: " Who's pitching for them?" Mugshot: "Seaver." Lwkwrist: "I got a headache. Scratch me." Mugshot: "You got a headache tommorrow?" I/Kkwrist: "Kvery lime I look out there and sec Seaver I 4V\ this headache. Koufnx used togive me a migraine." Tlit: plujiju rings. Player rep Mug.shol answers it; "Hello, hello. What? Who's this? Triple Ripple! Wait a minute, you're supposed to Inhere i n ' h e dugout! What do you mean, you're at lhc r.'iw track?! I don't care if yon are a thousand bucks m-liind. ijH \ u u i oi'liiiKJ right over here! What? You won't be in 'orr.orrow cither? What do you think we're running here, a Â·i-mitry rlnh? 1 Whal (In you mean 'Yes"' You get right over hen- Â«it I'll fine you more than you could lose. You'll what?! You'll call Marvin Miller! Who do I think I am Walter O'Malley? I'll tell you who I think I am--I think I'm the world's biggest cluck. "All right, all right.^sliow up tomorrow without fail. What? What do you mean yo'u're going to Vegas? You're going to what? You're going to sit out the rest of the year and protect your .450 batting average for next year's salary drive? But Trip! That's based on only 12 times at bat! Oh, you mean the Players' Association is going to rule out thc clause making 450 times at-bat necessary for an official average? Well, that's not going to affect too many guys on this club. I got 15 of (hem batting .000 right (his minute." Hangs up. Mugshot turns to Goldy Brick, thc Golden Glove outfielder. Mugshot: "Goldy, how come you didn't cover that ball in right center the other day? You could have caught that hall in your teeth. You let Mickey Monday gel handcuffed on it." Goldy: "Hey, Mugs! Mick gets $55,000 a year! I gel only $29,000. I'm supposed to do his work for him?!" Mugshot: "But he's batting .480 with 92 home runs! You're batting .098!" Golriy: "So? Let him strike out 200 times, too! Who's counting!? Tell him to stop bucking for sergeant. Stop trying to be a hero. It's in Ihe by-laws that everybody gels on bubble gum cards no matter what they do." Mugshot reaches for a phone. He dials Marvin Miller. Mugshot: "Marvin, have I got a great idea! We'll sell the Hubs bark to the former owners for $1. Or less. What? Marvin, you call this a 'season'? Aleady we've had 39 forfeitures, 21 no- shows of one team or both. No team is over .500. They got broads in the locker rooms, champagne in Ihe water coolers, and one guy calls his bookie every inning. I gotta have a show of hands to field a team whenever Gullet is pitching. I got a pitcher who walked 14 straight guys Ihe other night -- and when I go lo lake him oul, he says to me, 'You lakt Ihis baseball and the whole team hits thc bricks. We strike.' On thc other hand, I have no one to put in relief, anyway. Bench and Perez were coming up, and they said, 'Give us a call when you get down to Concepcion and we'll think about it.' Marvin, arc you sure this is what Samuel Gompersand .John L. Ixwishad in mind?" Association from interferring. Rozelle said the owners will also probably vote during the meetings whether to admit (he Memphis Grizzlies of the defunct World Football League as a third expansion club this year. Canadian millionaire John Two golfers score aces at Highland Hills course Two Greeley men registered aces to get the golfing season off to a good start at Highland Hills Municipal Gold Course. On March 6, Mel Foxhovcn, buisness manager for School District Six, scored a hole-in- one on the par 3, 220-yard 14th hole at Highland Hills. He used a driver. Witnessing the ace were Ben Peyton, Mike Marion and Rex Timothy. Marion, an appraiser for Wheeler Realty Co. in Greeley then got into the act the next day. 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