Baseball commissioner Bowie Kuhn announced last night that he will conduct a hearing, possibly next week, on Charles O. Finley's $400,000 sale of Oakland A's pitcher Paul Lindblad to the Texas Rangers.
A spokesman for Kuhn said that notices of the hearing, expected to take place in New York, were telegraphed to Finley and Rangers' owner Brad Corbett last night.
After learning of the possible imminent sale of star players for large sums of cash, Kuhn had requested that the 26 major league baseball clubs check with his office before making any major deals.
Earlier yesterday, Finley said in a telephone conversation that he could think of no reason for Kuhn to call him about the sale, consummated on Saturday.
"Why should he call me" Finley asked. He could not be reached immediately for comment after Kuhn's announcement.
Kuhn and Finley are awaiting a judge's decision on Finley's $3.5 million suit against Kuhn filed last summer after the commissioner nullified the sales of three star Oakland players for that amount.
Kuhn vetoed the sales as not being "in the best interest of baseball" because they were made in mid-sesson to wealthy and pennant contending clubs - the Red SOz and the Yankees - and could upset competitive balance. Finley contended Kuhn had exceeded his authority and had acted arbitrarily.
On another matter, Finley said he does not intent to ask the American and National Leagues at their March 24 meeting in Tampa to act on his on-and-off-again proposal to move the A's to Washington as an NL club.
"I'm just going down there to fight for what I think is right: orange baseballs, a shorter season, a designated runner who can be used three times in a game and 'ball-three, strike-three, and you're out,'" said Finley.
"I'm going down there to raise hell like I always do."
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