Baseball Commissioner Peter Ueberroth says he would not allow teams to use replacement players if major leaguers go on strike in 1990.
Ueberroth said the club owners had discussed the possible use of replacement players who are not members of the Major League Baseball Players Association.
"It's obviously been discussed because it's been done in other sports," the commissioner said in an interview published in yesterday's editions of the Hartford Courant. "But be careful not to mention the other sports because they're not really comparable. This one is really an institution. I don't want to make it sound sacred, but it has a special nature amongst the people in the country. It's a love affair."
Replacement players were used during the 24-day NFL strike last year. The contract between the baseball union and the club owners expires Dec. 31, 1989. Ueberroth's term as commissioner expires at the same time, and he said he was not sure he would seek another term.
If he does, he conceded he might have some problems if he attempts to stop the owners from using replacement players if a strike develops.
Ueberroth also said he is in favor of limited interleague play, expansion to 32 teams with four four-team divisions in each league and cutting the schedule to 154 games.
He further said the concept of free agency for all players should be considered and that he wants baseball to form its own television network. Ueberroth said that almost all clubs made a profit in 1987.