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Sentinel Friday, Aug. 19, 1994 B-3 3 Baseball strike: Day 8 L To see pro ball go to Modesto Cal League team lures fans from Bay Area ; The Associated Press ; MODESTO - Feet elevated on plush lounge chairs, free hot dogs ! and beer, complimentary t-shirts: ; David Pier and Jason Zobrist were never treated like this at Candle-: stick Park. ; Since the players' strike began ; Aug. 12, the first two San Francis-' co Bay Area fans who show up to each Modesto A's home game are waited on like kings while watch- ing the Class A California League ; team. Wednesday night's winners were Pier and Zobrist, students at a pri- : vate Catholic college in Belmont, south of San Francisco. The stu- dents were escorted to two elevat-! ed chaise lounge chairs and a glass ; coffee table next to the visiting dugout on the first-base line. They '. were then given a personal usherette who gave them free food throughout the game and four tickets each to a future game. . "This is the life," said Pier, 21, as he clasped his hands behind his ' head. "These are the best seats in the house right here. They're the most comfortable, too." Because they have few recog-' nized players, minor league teams , traditionally use outrageous pro-' motions to lure fans. With the players' strike, the Modesto A's professional baseball's winningest team at 86-34 are using even .more aggressive marketing to attract major league fans from the San Francisco Bay area 75 miles away. Pier and Zobrist had planned to attend a San Francisco Giants game to celebrate Zobrist's 22nd birthday. The players' strike canceled those plans, so they drove to Modesto to see the 'Lil A's' play Giants Continued from Page Bl run leader Matt Williams is remaining in the Bay Area and enjoying his new Redwood City home with his wife, Tracie, and their three children. "I'm hanging out and playing with my kids," said Williams, who also has a home in Scottsdale, Ariz. "I'm staying up here because the kids aren't school age and I can visit my chiropractor." Williams made such a visit last week when the Giants returned from their last game in Chicago. He hit his 43rd home run in that game but also popped his back while running out a double. "The back is fine now," Williams said. "I'm doing physical conditioning to keep it strong. We can do that, but we are not supposed to do any baseball activity." Williams is holding firm in his stance that he is not frustrated by Bad luck continues to haunt the Colts First-round pick injured, lost for season The Associated Press INDIANAPOLIS - Trev Alberts, the fifth overall pick in the National Football League draft, is headed for surgery and is expected to miss the entire season, the Indianapolis Colts announced Thursday. Surgery to repair a dislocated right elbow is scheduled Aug. 25 in hhm Los Angeles ..p.. with team INIrL doctor Ar- nOtebook tig assisting noted ortho pedic surgeon Dr. Frank Jobe, the team said. Alberts, winner of the Butkus Award as the nation's top linebacker following his senior year at Nebraska last season, injured the elbow in the team's first exhibition game on Aug. 5. He had injured the same elbow last season but recovered in time to play against Florida State in the Orange Bowl. The injury is the latest in a series of mishaps the Colts have had with their top draft picks in the 1990s. Quarterback Jeff George, the No. 1 overall pick in the 1990 draft, became unhappy in his hometown and was traded to Atlanta this year after boycotting training camp last year. Shane Curry, the top pick in 1991, was shot to death in Cincinnati following his rookie season. Steve Emtman, the first pick in the 1992 draft, has played only 14 games in two seasons after injuring his left knee as a rookie and the right knee the following year. He was only cleared to resume practice this week and isn't expected to play before midseason. Quentin Coryatt, the second overall pick in the 1992 draft, missed the final nine games of his rookie season with a dislocated wrist. . PITTSBURGH - With Gary Anderson still holding out. the Pittsburgh Steelers signed David Tread-well, the former Denver and New York Giants kicker with the same the Bakersfield Dodgers. Of course, it's not the same as watching Matt Williams chase the single-season home run record or the Oakland A's struggle toward the top of the American League West. But with the players' strike in its second week and no end in sight, minor league baseball has become the alternative to major league baseball. "Initially, the major league fan viewed this as just the Oakland A's and San Francisco Giants being on a road trip," Modesto general manager Tim Marting said. "Now they're beginning to realize the Giants and A's might not be back for a long time." Bay area fans get $1.50 off the $3.50 general admission price and are handed a "Strike Survival" guide, which tells about the city of Modesto and the team and lists prices of tickets, souvenirs and concessions. A sign outside of John Thurman Field counts the number of days into the strike. And $2 buttons are sold that read, "I Survived the 1994 Major League Players' Strike," even though the strike isn't over. Throughout the stadium during Modesto's 6-3 victory against Bakersfield on Wednesday night, everyone had an opinion on the strike. "It's kind of dumb," said 12-year-old Ryan Mondragon, who sides with the owners. "They're making more money than the president." "The owners just won't come up with the money," said ticket taker Frank Johnson, 70, who sides with the players. "I just wish they'd get back to playing ball." "Everybody's greedy," said the strike, which has interrupted his quest to surpass several home-run records. "I understand the (strike) process and that it cannot get settled overnight," Williams said. "I feel very strongly about the issues involved. I've been schooled by good people. "I run into people and they seem to be very understanding and supportive. I feel badly about the workers at Candlestick who will lose jobs, but the players will stand firm." Non-playing Giants employees were told this week to begin taking vacation. If the strike isn't settled by the time vacations expire, there will be layoffs. "With no baseball, there's not a whole lot for people to do," said General Manager Bob Quinn, who is taking care of front-office matters and will be visiting the farm system. range and reputation as Anderson: great on mid-length field goals, not as good on kickoffs. Apparently dissatisfied with Charlie Baumann's inconsistency on kickoffs, the Steelers wanted another veteran should Anderson's holdout continue. Anderson set an NFL accuracy record by making 28 of 30 field-goal attempts last season but is refusing to honor the final year of his contract. Director of football operations Tom Donahoe said the Steelers won't discuss a new contract until Anderson reports. AUSTIN, Tex. - The Dallas Cowboys are closing up their training camp at St. Edward's University today, just in time to beat some of the summer's hottest days. The Cowboys endured one of the most brutal afternoons yet during Thursday's long afternoon workout with temperatures reaching 97 degrees. There was a heat index of 108, one of the highest during camp. 00 FOXBORO, Mass. The New England Patriots, continuing to turn turnovers into touchdowns, scored 24 points in the fourth quarter to beat the Washington Redskins 27-17. The Patriots turned a pair of fumbles into two quick touchdowns, the first a 15-yard run by Corey Croom and the second a 22-yard pass from backup Jay Walker to Steve Hawkins, to take a 24-10 lead. SAN ANTONIO - Houston Oilers running back Gary Brown sprained his left ankle for the second time this week during Thursday's practice and may not return until the season opener Sept. 4 at Indianapolis. Although team officials don't think the injury is serious, they plan to hold him out of Saturday night's exhibition game against Buffalo in the Alamodome. .,r. Tom Doyle sports a tattoo, League,' on his shoulder at Modesto A's fan Richard Swartz, 56, who blames the players and the owners. "Both sides have lost touch with reality." In the clubhouse, the players talk about the strike among themselves. But because they're so far removed from the major leagues, most of them are more concerned with struggling to stay in the organization. "I never know when 1 might be called into the office and told this was my last game," Modesto outfielder Terrence Frazier said. "That's what I worry about." If there are any winners from the strike, it could be minor league Antitrust The Associated Press WASHINGTON Baseball owners and players will be called before Congress early next month to explain why they should continue their unique exemption from federal antitrust laws, the House Judiciary Committee chairman promised Thursday. Rep. Jack Brooks, D-Texas, said the exemption "has contributed to a recurring pattern of strikes, lockouts and bad faith collective bargaining that makes labor disputes in the auto, steel or coal industries look like the epitome of harmonious dialogue." He said he hasn't decided yet whether the exemption, which no other sport enjoys, should be repealed. But he said his general view is that exemptions are disfavored. "The parties might well consider Miami might sign Deion to long pact The Associated Press MIAMI Free agent Deion Sanders will meet with Miami Dolphins coach Don Shula and hold a news conference Saturday before attending the team's exhibition game against Tampa Bay. "I've met him before, but I'd like the opportunity to sit down and talk with him a little bit," Shula said Thursday. "We'll find out about his interest and go from there." A multi-year contract offer could be forthcoming this weekend. "If we did do something, we'd certainly like it to be for more than one year," Shula said. Dolphins director of media relations Harvey Greene said there will be no announcement at Sanders' news conference. "Everybody in the world is going to want to talk to him, and this is a way to do it in an organized fashion," Greene said. OXNARD Alexander Wright, starting wide receiver for the Los Angeles Raiders, will find himself in a unique position Saturday night when he returns to the lineup in a pre season game against the Los Angeles Rams. Wright, who has missed three games with a calf muscle strain, knows that how he plays could decide whether he remains with the team. Mindful that the Raiders are deep at the wide receiver position, teams suffering injuries during training camp have started eyeing the Raiders. And Wright, 27, is an experienced young player who might be available for the right price. The Associated Press the logo from the movie 'Major a Cal League game in Modesto. teams like the Modesto A's, who are on a pace to break their all-time season attendance record of 104,000. And since the strike began, the A's have drawn up to 20 percent more fans from the Bay area, team spokeswoman Sabra Stafford said. However, all the minor league promotions in the world including chaise lounge chairs and free food won't keep some fans from attending major league games when the strike ends. "Class A ball is cool, but I'm a Giants fan," Pier said. " Unless I'm in the La-Z-Boy, I'll be sitting in Candlestick." exemption might be repealed Notebook trying harder a whole lot harder before they come to see me and my colleagues on the committee," Brooks said. "The hearing will go forward regardless of whether the current dispiriting baseball strike has been resolved." SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. -The baseball strike rained on Boog Powell's barbecue. So there standing out of the rain Thursday morning at Saratoga race track was the former slugging first baseman of the Baltimore Orioles. Nearby was a tent with a sign advertising: "Boog Powell Barbecue Pit-Beer Garden." It was surrounded by puddles. "I'm a mudder," said Powell, Nets get The Associated Press EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. Center Yinka Dare agreed to terms with the New Jersey Nets on Thursday, signing a multiyear pact that made him just the third first-round pick of this year's National Basketball Association draft in the fold. Terms of the contract were not disclosed, but published reports have pegged it at $9 million to $10 million over five or six years. The 7-foot-l, 265-pounder left George Washington University after his sophomore year and was the 14th pick in the June draft. Dare joins the Los Angeles Lakers' Eddie Jones, taken with the 10th pick, and the Phoenix Suns' Wesley Person, taken with the 23rd choice, as the only first-rounders to have signed. MINNEAPOLIS Former Boston Celtics player Kevin McHale, a one-time star at Minnesota, was named Thursday as assistant general manager of the Minnesota Timberwolves. The announcement came one day after coach Sidney Lowe and two assistants were fired as part of new owner Glen Taylor's house-cleaning. McHale, 36, joined the team last year as a broadcaster and special assistant after 13 seasons with the Celtics. General Manager Jack McClos-key said McHale, originally from Hibbing, Minn., will help pick a new coaching staff and will help with player personnel decisions. He will continue working as an analyst for the Timberwolves Television Network. INGLEWOOD The Los Angeles Lakers announced Thursday the hiring of former player Kurt Rambis as a special assistant coach. Rambis' duties will include special assignment coaching and scouting as well as involvement with community relations and other areas with the team. Rambis, 36, spent the first eight years of his NBA career with the Lakers, from 1981-88 and played on four championship teams. He later Owners Continued from Page Bl Fehr said. "It makes it less difficult." Even while expressing a little optimism, Fehr said the union was prepared for a long strike. "I think the players are settled in," he said. After numerous urgings from the Clinton administration, the sides agreed Saturday to accept federal mediators. Fehr and Rav-itch said they planned to meet together with mediators Monday to prepare for the resumption of bargaining. "Players and owners are hopeful we can move forward expeditiously so these joint meetings can begin next week," said John Calhoun Wells, director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation. Labor Secretary Robert Reich applauded the move, saying "like millions of Americans I am eager to see this exciting season continue." Across Washington, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee announced renewed hearings on baseball's antitrust exemption. Rep. Jack Brooks, a Texas Democrat, said the exemption "has contributed to a recurring pattern of strikes, lockouts and bad faith collective bargaining that makes labor disputes in the auto, steel or coal industries look like the epitome of harmonious dialogue." A bill to remove the exemption in labor matters was defeated 10-7 by the Senate Judiciary Committee in June. Reps. Mike Synar, D-Okla., Major Owens, D-N.Y., and Jim Bunning, R-Ky., introduced a bill Thursday that would strip baseball of its exemption if owners unilaterally impose working conditions, such as a salary cap. Sens. Howard Metzenbaum, D-Ohio, and Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, introduced similar legislation last week. Rep. James Traficant, an Ohio who brought his barbecue to Saratoga after the players strike closed him down at Camden Yards in Baltimore. "I have pretty much a different opinion every day," Powell said of the strike. "At this point, I'm like the average fans who reads about it. But I believe it's reached the point where it's not whose right or wrong, but let's get it done." ATLANTA Atlanta Braves general manager John Schuerholz on Thursday agreed to a contract extension that will keep him with the National League club through 1999. Terms weren't disclosed. Schuerholz's current contract, signed in October 1990, runs through the 1995 season. "Since he came here, John's impact on both the franchise and the community has been extraordi Dare under contract NBA notebook played with Charlotte, Phoenix and Sacramento before rejoining the Lakers last season. He averaged 5.6 points and 6.0 rebounds per game during his 13-year career. SACRAMENTO Free agent center Olden Polynice re-signed with the Sacramento Kings. Terms of his contract were not disclosed. The 7-foot Polynice, who became a free agent July 1, was fifth in the NBA in rebounding with an 11.9 average and averaged 11.6 points in 37 games with Detroit and 31 with Sacramento. The Kings acquired the seven-year veteran in a February trade that sent Pete Chil-cutt to the Pistons. LOOKING FOR A NEW CAR ?? CALL US AT 688-0445 ,.15 1 AL CHENEY LET US PUT OUR MANY YEARS OF EXPERIENCE TO WORK FOR YOU!! CALL TODAY AT MARTY FRANICH AUTO CENTER CHRYSLER, PLYMOUTH, DODGE, JEEP-EAGLE, FORD, LINCOLN-MERCURY 555 ARTHUR ROAD-WATSONVILLE Breakdown : after 7 days Games lost: 12. Total games lost: 86. Games remaining: 583. AAoney lost by New York Met third baseman Bobby Bonilla, who has the highest salary this season at 15.7 million: $218,033. Negotiating session held Thursday: No. Next negotiating session: Tuesday or Wednesday. Key development: Federal mediators convinced owners to attend bargaining sessions. Democrat, said Wednesday on the House floor that negotiators should be physically coerced into agreement. "The mediator (should) put them in a small room, shut the doors and the windows, turn off the air conditioner and give them a big meal of baked beans, fried cheese think about it hard-boiled eggs, chocolate kisses. And in about eight hours, they will be pleading and shouting, 'Play Ball!"' Traficant said. Some in management speculated that McMorris might be included on the negotiating team. They said executive council chairman Bud Selig probably would not. Jerry Reinsdorf of the Chicago White Sox, among the most influential owners, said Thursday the presence of mediators gave him hope. "One thing I know is that there will be a deal at some point," he said. "I don't know when but you know there is going to be a deal." Fehr took issue with Ravitch's assertion that he welcomed owners at any time despite their decision to stay away until now. "Unfortunately," Fehr said, "Dick likes to take all sides of all issues from time to time." nary," team president Stan Kasten said. "He is at the top of his profession. I'm thrilled he's going to be with us for many more years."; Under Schuerholz, the Braves won the NL pennant in 1991 and 1992 and the NL West in 1993. The Braves won 296 games, more than any other team in baseball, during those three seasons. ORLANDO, Fla. Orlando and Orange County officials may be pitting Walt Disney World and Universal Studios against each other in efforts to acquire a major league baseball team. Top executives at the competing Central Florida theme parks have repeatedly denied any interest in owning a big league team, but sources and official documents indicate a renewed interest, The Orlando Sentinel reported Thursday. CHARLOTTE Former Charlotte Hornets coach Dick Harter said he will just "get on with his life" after a federal jury awarded him a fraction of the back pay he claimed the team owed him. "The Charlotte Hornets will be fine and Dick Harter will be fine," Harter said in a brief statement to reporters before flying home to Vermont on Wednesday. Team president Spencer Stolpen was not as charitable. He left the courtroom after the verdict and called team owner George Shinn on a portable phone. "We slam-dunked him!" Stolpen yelled. An eight-member jury deliberated for two hours before siding with the team for all consequential damage claims. JOHN KIEFER Fat 1

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