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Fay of Hope for Owners: Vincent resigns
By Larry Schwartz
Special to ESPN.com


Sept. 7, 1992

Acting one last time in what he calls the "best interests of baseball," Fay Vincent, bowing to the will of the owners, resigns as commissioner. Although Vincent had told the owners that he would never resign, he changes his mind after an 18-9 vote by the owners asking him to step down four days earlier. The owners had wanted Vincent to represent their best interests, not the best interests of the game.

Vincent, who became commissioner after his good friend Bart Giamatti died on Sept. 1, 1989, had considered taking the owners to court if fired. But he decides against it.

"I've concluded that resignation - not litigation - should be my final act as commissioner 'in the best interests of baseball,'" he says in a statement. "A fight based solely on principle does not justify the disruption when there is not greater support among ownership for my views."





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