Sen. John Warner (R-Va.) has written a letter to National League President Bill White urging the NL Expansion Committee's short list of finalists for the two expansion franchises that will begin play in 1993 be comprised of cities rather than prospective ownership groups.

Warner also asked White, who is a member of the expansion committee, to "assure a full and fair presentation" for Capital Baseball -- the group seeking a team for Northern Virginia -- by meeting with Capital Baseball President Bart Fisher.

Warner's letter was dated Dec. 4, the day expansion committee chairman Douglas Danforth of the Pirates said that, with the exception of one city, the short list will be comprised of one prospective ownership group per city rather than the city itself.

Danforth also said that day that Fisher's group, a reorganized version of the defunct Capital Region Baseball, probably would be asked to answer by telephone any questions the committee may have rather than be given a chance to make a formal oral presentation.

"It seems to me that selecting a short list of cities, and including, on a nondiscriminatory basis, the applicants in these areas would be a prudent aproach," Warner wrote. The committee is expected to announce the short list by the end of the month.