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CAN '95 SEASON BE SALVAGED?

Now that this season is over, the task of salvaging 1995 begins.

After going to temple Thursday for Yom Kippur services, acting commissioner Bud Selig went to his office at County Stadium in Milwaukee. A day after owners canceled the World Series for the first time since 1904, Selig pondered what will happen next."It's too early," he said in a telephone interview Thursday night. "We're just through that tumult we've been through."

Management negotiator Richard Ravitch took Thursday off and also went to temple for the Jewish Day of Atonement. It will be his task to resume negotiations at some point with union head Donald Fehr.

"I did give it some thought," Ravitch said Thursday night. "I can't get it out of my mind."

No talks are scheduled. Fehr went to Washington on Thursday night and is expected to hold regional meetings with players next week. Selig and Fehr are expected to testify next Thursday before a congressional committee investigating baseball's antitrust exemption.

The strike starts its sixth week today. But no more games can be canceled until next spring. In order for spring training to start on time in February, there must be a deal.

"I would hope there are renewed communications," Ravitch said.

Agent Tom Reich didn't think a quick deal was possible.

"I think this battle is going to go on for quite a while, but frankly I don't see players cracking. And I don't see owners cracking either," he said during an interview on "CNN Sportsnight."

Owners can say there is an impasse in negotiations and implement the salary cap proposal they made June 14. If that happens, the union will file an unfair labor practice complaint with the National Labor Relations Board and the strike will continue next spring.

"I think if the owners invoke their salary cap proposal and the elimination of arbitration, there's going to be litigation from now until hell freezes over," Reich said Thursday night.

Thoughout baseball, teams reacted to Wednesday's announcement. In Kansas City, the Royals fired manager Hal McRae and began tearing up the artificial turf in Kauffman Stadium, which will have a grass field whenever play resumes.

The New York Mets said suspended pitcher Dwight Gooden had again failed drug tests, leaving his future in limbo. The Pittsburgh Pirates fired four front-office workers and laid off about a dozen more.

Fans showed up at Yankee Stadium and other ballparks for ticket refunds. Players began other pursuits - Minnesota catcher Derek Parks is now an assistant coach for a girls' soccer team. Umpires, whose contract was to run out at the end of the season, wondered about their future.

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Poor Bobby

Bobby Bonilla of the New York Mets, who lost $1.6 million in salary this season because of the strike, the most of among players, tried to be a standup comic Thursday night on the "Jon Stewart" show. So how is he coping with his reduced paycheck?

"When I go to 7-11, I only get the medium gulp," he said.

Among Bonilla's other one-liners:

- "Pete Rose bet a thousand I wasn't able to do this."

- "I wanted to end this with a bang, but my man Vince Coleman wasn't able to be here tonight."