Selig to Testify on Contraction
NEW YORK (AP) _ Baseball commissioner Bud Selig is expected to testify when the contraction grievance hearing resumes in Milwaukee next week after a 2 1/2-week break.
Bob DuPuy, baseball’s chief operating officer, will resume testifying on Monday and Selig could start his testimony the following day, union lawyer Michael Weiner said Wednesday. It is unclear if the union will call any additional witnesses.
Arbitrator Shyam Das has presided over 17 days of testimony since the hearing began Dec. 4. The players’ association claims the owners’ vote on Nov. 6 to eliminate two teams violated its labor contract, which expired the following day.
Owners say they have the right to eliminate teams but must bargain only over the effects of contraction, such as a dispersal draft.
If Das rules in favor of the union, the grievance would continue to a damage phase and owners would have to add contraction to their collective bargaining talks.