Earl Weaver said yesterday he turned down six offers to manage in 1985 because he decided "this would be my first full year of retirement."
He said he decided the competitive fires were not burning hotly enough, "so I decided to take another year off."
From his Hialeah, Fla., home, the former Baltimore Orioles manager told the Associated Press he had been dropped from ABC's broadcast team for 1985. His two-year contract expired this year. An ABC spokesman said no decision had been made on next year's crews, but Weaver said "I think they're going to cut back to two in the booth and, unfortunately for me, I wasn't included."
Weaver said he told his agent about a week ago to call the six prospective employers and tell them he was out of the running. The last job for which he was being considered was Montreal's. The Expos announced yesterday that Buck Rodgers had been hired as their manager.
"I couldn't make myself do the things that would have to be done in order to become a winner," Weaver said. "And . . . if I ever put on a baseball uniform again, I want to be a winner . . . get thrown out of some games . . . have some conflicts with some ballplayers . . . Right now, I couldn't see myself doing that . . ."
Said former Milwaukee manager Rodgers, 46, in Montreal: "I wouldn't care if I was the 32nd choice. This is a job I wanted and I'm glad I got it" . . .
Major league owners and players opened negotiations for a new basic agreement in New York with three owners -- Bud Selig of the Brewers, Edward Bennett Williams of the Orioles and John McMullen of the Houston Astros -- participating for the first time. The last negotiations ended with the 50-day, midseason 1981 strike.
Lee MacPhail, former American League president now heading the Player Relations Committee, voiced optimism.
"We got together and came up with a joint drug program. We had good negotiations," he said. No details were released.
A key issue is distribution of revenue from baseball's $1 billion contracts with ABC and NBC, as it affects player pensions and other benefits . . .
The Yomiuri Giants scored all their runs in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings and beat Baltimore, 10-5, in Shizuoka. The Orioles are now 8-5-1 in Japan.