PITTSBURGH, SEPT. 11 -- The National League Expansion Committee, a year away from choosing two new franchise cities, will brief club owners Wednesday on the 18 applicant groups.
National League President Bill White's feud with umpires union chief Richie Phillips also is expected to be discussed at the quarterly meeting of major league owners, along with the negotiations to reduce payments to minor league teams and the formation of a joint player-management committee to study baseball's financial problems.
The San Francisco Giants' possible move to Santa Clara, Calif., and the American League request to share in the NL's $190 million expansion fees also are up for discussion.
The vote on Robert Nederlander's candidacy to replace George Steinbrenner as the New York Yankees managing general partner probably will be postponed, according to Chicago White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf.
Reinsdorf, head of the ownership committee, said background checks had not been completed. The Yankees will be represented at the meeting by Jack Lawn, former head of the Drug Enforcement Agency.
The NL Expansion Committee received 18 applications, accompanied by $100,000 fees, last week from prospective owners in Buffalo, Charlotte, Denver, Miami, Nashville, Orlando, Phoenix, Sacramento, Tampa-St. Petersburg and Washington. The committee, chaired by Pittsburgh Pirates chief executive officer Douglas D. Danforth, will meet with the groups Sept. 18, 19 and 28 in New York.