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THE BOSS TAKES HIS CUTS
Frank Deford
April 15, 1985
Commissioner Peter Ueberroth speaks out on the important issues that face baseball today
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April 15, 1985

The Boss Takes His Cuts

Commissioner Peter Ueberroth speaks out on the important issues that face baseball today

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FD: Then how about intercontinental championships?

PU: I first got that idea from Don Fehr, and so I looked into it while I was in Japan. I think it will definitely happen one day, but how many years off it is, I don't know.

FD: How about encouraging it by pushing Sadaharu Oh for membership in our Hall of Fame?

PU: That's baseball tradition. I don't think I want to mess with that.

FD: The lights in Wrigley Field?

PU: It's a complicated subject. It's still being litigated by the Cubs, and it's really the kind of question I shouldn't answer. But I do think our concern on that has been misunderstood. Our major concern is that the working man and woman who follow baseball all year long should have a chance to watch the two premier events, the league championships and the World Series. They don't have the Super Bowl on Tuesday afternoon. Most people are at work. This is a working society and most people think baseball is a working person's sport. It's not polo or yachting. If you're a baseball fan and and you can't see your team play in the World Series because it's held during the day, I don't think it's fair.

FD: What about beanballs?

PU: The on-field activity, the way the game is played—I'm a delegator. People call me that, and I think it's very true. And I've delegated that responsibility to the league presidents. But I do think Dr. Bobby Brown and Chub Feeney can work with the umpires and the managers and players to make sure we do not start a new tradition in baseball in the area of bench clearing. That's a new thing, a phenomenon, and I'll encourage them to put a stop to that. Still, that's their job.

FD: How about the designated hitter?

PU: That's up to the fans and the baseball experts.

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