New York Yankees Manager Billy Martin's appeal of his two-game suspension for calling umpire Dale Ford "a stone liar" will be heard next week by American League President Lee MacPhail, who granted the hearing yesterday.
Martin's suspension was to have covered games in New York last night and today against the Toronto Blue Jays, but was delayed pending outcome of the appeal.
If MacPhail's decision stands, or if Martin withdraws the appeal, a new date for the suspension will be announced.
It would be the third time this year that the league has taken punitive action against Martin for his run-ins with umpires . . .
U.S. Attorney James Marque said former Kansas City Royals pitcher Vida Blue is one of fewer than 10 baseball players being interviewed for alleged cocaine abuse in Johnson County, Kan.
He said the investigation involved suspects other than Royals' players and that he would turn his findings over to a grand jury within 60 days.
The Olathe (Kan.) Daily News reported yesterday that Willie Aikens, 28; Jerry Martin, 34; and Blue, 34, were named in documents relating to the investigation. The newspaper, citing unnamed sources, said two other Royals also were involved in the FBI probe into alleged cocaine sale and usage in eastern Kansas.