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S.F. mayor promises "competitive' bid

In a world where everything goes Tampa Bay's way this week, San Francisco would fail to make an offer to keep its Giants and baseball officials would vote immediately to move the team to the Florida Suncoast Dome.

But if the mayor of San Francisco is right, the next few days won't be that easy.

To those "who felt that we would never see a bid on the table from San Francisco," Jordan had this to say: "It will be on the table. (And) it will be a very competitive one. . . . It's all coming together to show the baseball world that we should keep the Giants here."

He said a San Francisco delegation would present the bid to National League president Bill White "no later than Friday" in Pittsburgh, where White will be attending the league playoffs.

And the process will not end there, said Jordan, who has been wrong on some of his Giants predictions recently but also has been privy this week to discussions with baseball officials.

White, he said, will take the offer "under advisement" and present it first to National League owners, then to the American League.

"So it's not done just by us bringing in an offer," he said.

He added, however, that baseball would probably "move rapidly, once they see our bid on the table," acting before the Oct. 17 start of the World Series.

Jordan declined to disclose the amount of the bid, but indicated it would be less than the $115-million offer from Tampa businessman Vincent Naimoli and his partners.

"I think when I say a competitive bid, you're going to find that it is a very good one that will . . . if not match, will be somewhat very close to what St. Petersburg is doing when you put everything into the picture together."

The mayor also may have given an indication of the offer while explaining why San Francisco offer is taking so long to put forth.

"This is a very, very expensive proposition," he said. "You're talking up to a $100- to a $115-million bid. That just doesn't come easily."

Jordan also said:

The San Francisco investors, led by North Carolina millionaire George Shinn, have set their price for the team but could change it "right up until Friday."

Reports that Shinn could move the team to North Carolina if things didn't work out in San Francisco are not true. A "check and balance" system is in place to keep Shinn or his San Francisco partners from acting alone.

The group has talked to baseball owners to determine a price. "I can't guarantee that the (bid) that they put on the table is going to be the acceptable one," he said. But "I think it's certainly going to surprise a lot of people."