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  • 2001 - Denying it is a negotiating ploy, Commissioner Bud Selig is given the authority to "begin the process" of eliminating two "to be announced" teams by the MLB owners by a 28-2 vote. Donald Fehr, the Players Association executive director, calls the action of possibly eliminating the Twins, Expos, Marlins or Devil Rays most imprudent and unfortunate and the worst manner in which to begin the process of negotiating a new collective bargaining agreement.

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