ST. PAUL, May 20, 1998 -- The Minnesota Twins and major league baseball
asked the Minnesota Court of Appeals on Wednesday to halt an antitrust
investigation by Attorney General Hubert Humphrey III.
Baseball officials want the court to review an order by Ramsey County
District Judge Margaret Marrinan compelling them to turn over documents
regarding league operations going back to 1992.
Humphrey is investigating whether baseball owners illegally conspired
to get public stadium subsidies by controlling franchise movement.
The league says a federal exemption from antitrust laws protects baseball
from state antitrust lawsuits.
"At a minimum the cloud of an expensive, distracting, and time-consuming
investigation will discourage any local buyer from entering the fray by
bidding on the Twins," states the request for review.