"This isn't fair," said a dejected Anaheim Angels slugger Mo Vaughn. "I bought two houses and a Porsche on White Sox pitching alone."
Senator Ted Kennedy (D., Mass.) decried the move as elitist corporate thinking: "Why should fans in Miami or Montreal be deprived of seeing sluggers like Mike McGrewer and Stanley Sooser?"
Balboni put to rest charges that players' self-esteem will be irreparably damaged from playing in the lesser league. He said JV rules will require that every player plays at least two innings of the regulation six-inning games and receives a certificate of participation at the end of the season—plus a pizza party. He also said the JV will recognize its heroes with its Stall of Fame, to be located in the men's room of the Shoney's in Beaver, Utah.
"By no means is this the end of these players' big league careers," said superagent Scott Boras, "but it's close."
Opening Day for the junior junior circuit is slated for April 1 in Oakland. It'll be Bat Night—the first 300 fans through the gates will be asked to donate a bat from home.
The A's announced that Soupy Sales is set to throw out the first pitch and start on the mound for Oakland.