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No revelations after meeting

This is one in a series of updates as the National League expansion decision nears. The vote is expected June 12.No revelations after meeting

They came, they met, they adjourned, and they didn't have much to say.

Baseball's joint league ownership committee met for 2{ hours Tuesday in New York to _ among other things _ review the ownership qualifications of the six National League expansion finalists.

Expansion committee chairman Douglas Danforth participated by telephone as the group, chaired by St. Louis' Fred Kuhlmann, looked at the quality and depth of the ownership groups.

NL spokeswoman Katy Feeney said there would be no announcement even if a group did not pass muster. "I don't think at the end of the day anybody will be disqualified," Feeney said.

The committee also reviewed the proposed sale of the Montreal Expos.

The expansion committee will not reveal its recommendation to the ownership committee until a meeting next Wednesday morning, committee member Bill Giles told the Associated Press. AL and NL owners are scheduled to meet next Wednesday afternoon to vote on the two sites.

As for the recommendation . . .

We told you this would be confusing. It is. A day after telling the St. Petersburg Times the expansion committee had made its recommendation on the two sites, Giles said the recommendation is not complete.

"Things have been changing kind of rapidly in the last two weeks," Giles told the Associated Press. "We're not one hundred percent sure of who we're going to recommend, but we're almost there. We still have not made our final determination."

The committee is expected to meet again this week, possibly by telephone, to complete its work prior to the June 12 owners meeting, Feeney said. "No official recommendation has been made," she said.

Giles said information on the six finalists _ Tampa Bay, South Florida, Denver, Buffalo, Orlando and Washington _ had been sent to all major-league owners late last week. "Bio material and information on stadium and weather and things like that," Giles said.

Giles said the expansion committee used a grading system for each of the five or six categories, such as stadium and population. Some categories were more important than others, he said, but he wouldn't say which ones were factored in more.

Giles, whose father, Warren, was an NL president, wouldn't say it was the hardest decision he's had to make in baseball.

"It's been a difficult one because all six cities have their pluses and all six towns would support major-league baseball," he said. "It's been a close call."

Johnson is pulling for Orlando

Former Mets manager Davey Johnson, a Central Florida resident, wants nothing better than a chance to get back in the game by running an expansion team. "In my heart and soul, I want Orlando to get an expansion team," he told the Orlando Sentinel. "If you ask me, Orlando is where it is going to be at in the future, the place they ought to put a team. In my mind, though, I think they are going to say Miami."

_ Compiled from reports by staff writer Marc Topkin and the Associated Press.

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