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All-Stars Won’t Get Rained On

United Press International

Safe from rain but not the assorted treacheries of the Metrodome, the American and National Leagues meet Tuesday night in the 56th All-Star Game with baseball’s labor dispute an unpleasant sidelight.

The game marks a chance for the fans, who have selected the starting lineups, to decide for themselves whether the Metrodome is a “Little League” facility.

Visitors to the indoor stadium have ripped playing conditions in the Metrodome this season, saying that a showcase situation will expose all the flaws. Pop flies have been known to disappear in the lights and a bloop single can quickly bounce into a triple. If these factors don’t produce chaos, then labor trouble might.

The player representatives are meeting Monday in Chicago and may set a strike deadline in their contract dispute with owners. After some ominous rumblings, the players now appear disinclined to boycott the All-Star Game. A strike deadline, nevertheless, would hardly enhance the mood for a mid-season party.

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Leading the National League are third baseman Graig Nettles, first baseman Steve Garvey and outfielder Tony Gwynn of the 1984 pennant-winning San Diego Padres. St. Louis sends its keystone combination of shortstop Ozzie Smith and second baseman Tom Herr.


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