Major league baseball players are divided over whether to strike this summer, despite frustration and bitterness over lack of progress in negotiations with club owners, an Associated Press survey shows.
The survey, conducted over the last two weeks among 516 players representing all 26 teams, also found widespread disagreement about when a strike should be called, if there is one.
There are about 700 players on major league rosters, including those on the disabled list.
Of players responding, 160 said they wanted to keep playing indefinitely while negotiations continue and 150 called for setting a strike date as a minimum action. Seven favored a boycott of the All-Star game and 199 refused to offer an opinion or would not comment at all. Many players who opposed a strike said they nevertheless would go along if the union called one.
The players' union and team owners have been negotiating since November on a contract to replace the basic agreement that expired Dec. 31.
"They ought to lock both sides in a room and tell them not to come out until there's an agreement," said Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Steve Kemp. "And they should put it on TV. People would watch it, wouldn't they?" . . .