September 15, 1996 |
Manager Bill Russell said he told the team not to criticize umpire Gary Darling's controversial ninth-inning call at home plate in Friday night's 2-0 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals. Russell and third baseman Tim Wallach were ejected after Darling called Cardinal pinch-runner Miguel Mejia safe on Danny Sheaffer's sacrifice bunt. Catcher Mike Piazza had the plate blocked and caught the ball an instant before Mejia, who was trying to score from second, reached the plate.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 9, 1991
In the United States--surely the most litigious society ever--people file lawsuits at the drop of a hat. That national trait reached a new depth Wednesday when a $5-million defamation suit was filed by umpire Gary Darling against Cincinnati Manager Lou Piniella. One more lawsuit is being shoved into our overstuffed courts . . . over a foul-ball call.
March 1, 2002 |
Colorado Manager Buddy Bell left spring training Thursday to return to Denver for tests on his back and left leg. Bell had surgery on Dec. 11 to repair a disk problem and has experienced discomfort in his left leg since then. He has been unable to take part in some of his usual spring-training duties, such as hitting fungoes and throwing batting practice. Bell expects to rejoin the Rockies in Arizona for Sunday's game against the Milwaukee Brewers in Phoenix.
August 1, 1991 |
The Atlanta Braves reluctantly sent Deion Sanders back to the NFL. Sanders, who says he will take a few unauthorized days off before reporting to the Atlanta Falcons, hit a three-run home run Wednesday night at Atlanta to spark the Braves to another comeback. The Braves, trailing the Pittsburgh Pirates, 6-2, scored six runs in the fifth inning on home runs by Sanders and Jeff Blauser to win, 8-6, and sweep the four-game series.
February 27, 2002 |
Enron Corp. asked a New York judge overseeing its bankruptcy case for more time to decide whether to honor its naming rights agreement with the Houston Astros for Enron Field. The bankrupt former energy giant has a 30-year, $100-million rights' agreement with the Astros. In a motion filed this month, the Astros said they wanted to be let out of their 1999 agreement because the team has been materially and adversely affected by the negative publicity surrounding the company's bankruptcy.
July 21, 2000 |
Baseball has offered to rehire 10 of the 22 umpires it let go last September, but only as part of a new labor contract and only if the umps' old union agrees to settle its grievance. The offer has tentatively been agreed to by the new union, the World Umpires Assn., two lawyers familiar with the talks said Thursday on the condition they not be identified. But the old union, Richie Phillips' Major League Umpires Assn., said it hasn't been contacted by baseball or the new union.
August 26, 2006 |
Major League Baseball was ordered by a federal judge to give five umpires $3.1 million to cover back pay, interest and medical costs as part of a lawsuit stemming from their failed mass resignation in 1999. After the Supreme Court declined in January 2005 to hear an appeal of a lower-court ruling, baseball tried last November to give Gary Darling, Bill Hohn, Larry Poncino, Larry Vanover and Joe West more than $1.
July 2, 1993 |
Jose Canseco said Thursday a torn elbow ligament definitely will end his season and that it may possibly end his baseball career. Canseco said an examination by orthopedist James Andrews confirmed he had a tear in his right elbow, likely related to a brief pitching appearance in May. But the Texas Ranger right fielder said he wanted to "weigh the pros and cons" a day or two before deciding whether to have surgery.
March 22, 1998 |
Tim Salmon may be the Angels' most marketable player, an attractive blend of personality and performance, but most people east of the San Bernardino Mountains wouldn't recognize Salmon if they walked right past the Angel right fielder. How else can you explain the fact that Salmon, one of baseball's best players for five years, has never been to an All-Star game? Salmon, 29, hopes to change that, though, and he's even willing to venture out of his comfort zone to do so.
August 21, 1996 |
Greg Vaughn hit his fifth National League home run and 36th overall and Bob Tewksbury gave up three hits in 7 2/3 shutout innings for his first victory in a month as the Padres defeated the Montreal Expos, 3-0, Tuesday night at San Diego. Vaughn, who had two hits, broke up a pitchers' duel between Tewksbury and Rheal Cormier when he drove a 3-0 pitch over the left-field fence with one out in the sixth. Five of Vaughn's nine hits with the NL West-leading Padres are homers.