by La Velle E. Neal III
Twins President Jerry Bell said Friday that team owner Carl Pohlad will meet
with Donald Watkins within the next two weeks.
Bell and Watkins, the Birmingham, Ala., businessman who is interested in
buying the Twins, set up the meeting Friday during a brief phone conversation.
"[Watkins] expressed an interest in meeting with Mr. Pohlad and this is
a way to do that," Bell said. "Where it goes from there, I do not
Bell said that a time or location for the meeting has not been determined.
This would be the first known discussion between Pohlad, whose club is
believed to be a target of baseball's contraction plan, and Watkins, who would
be the first black to own a Major League Baseball team. All previous
conversations have been between Bell and Watkins.
Watkins could not be reached to comment Friday.