ST. PAUL, May 06, 1998 -- That took about as long as an Eddie Guardado
fastball to reach home plate.
Less than 24 hours after voters in two North Carolina counties rejected
a plan to build the Twins a stadium comes word from The Associated Press
of talk in St. Paul to extend the team's Metrodome lease.
Some Minnesota officials hope to persuade the Minnesota Twins to stick
around for at least another couple years.
Gov. Arne Carlson's chief of staff, Bernie Omman, tells the wire service
he'd like to see the Twins agree to stay at least two years.
He says that would give state officials time to come up with a longer
Rep. Phil Krinkie would like to see at least a five-year lease.
The Shoreview Republican opposes taxpayer subsidies for a new ballpark,
Prior to these developments, the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission,
holder of the Minnesota Twins lease -- initiated a lawsuit against the
team, arguing that it didn't legitimately meet conditions allowing it to
exercise an escape clause.