Once again, nothing happened.
Negotiations between the baseball owners and the players resumed in New York yesterday but the parties never met face to face.
Federal mediator Kenneth E. Moffett met separately with representatives for the owners and the players for approximately a half-hour.Asked what had transpired, Moffett said, "Nothing. How many ways can you describe a nonevent?"
Don Fehr, the general counsel for the Major League Players Association, said, "We were originally scheduled to meet at 2:30 p.m. Ray (Grebey, the owners' chief negotiator) requested we meet at 3:30 p.m. They arrived a little after 3:30 p.m. They indicated through the mediator that there was absolutely nothing new to offer and they suggested we meet tomorrow."
Moffett has scheduled a meeting for 3 p.m. today.
But the only thing new in the negotiations yesterday was the presence of three players from the White Sox -- Jim Morrison, Greg Pryor and Lamar Johnson -- in New York to play the Yankees.
U.S. District Judge Henry F. Werker is not expected to rule before Monday on the National Labor Relations Board's request for an injunction in the unfair labor practice case against the owners, and prospects for progress in negotiations before he rules do not seem good. That injunction would prohibit the owners from implementing their free-agent compensation plan until next spring.