The D.C. Commission on Baseball, hoping to secure a major-league baseball franchise, will announce today a plan to sell 10,000 season tickets for a team that does not exist.
Each prospective ticket holder would be required to deposit $500 to be held in an escrow account in Virginia, Maryland or D.C. banks for two years, commission chairman Frank Smith said. If a franchise was awarded during the period, the money would be turned over to the new owner. If a franchise was not awarded, the money, plus interest, would be returned to the depositor . . .
Chicago Cubs General Manager Dallas Green could only smile when he read a published report that said 1984 Cy Young award winner Rick Sutcliffe would consider retiring if the club won the World Series this year.
"That sure would save us a lot of money, wouldn't it," Green said, laughing.
Sutcliffe told the Chicago Tribune he would "very likely walk away" from baseball and the remaining four years of his $9 million contract if the Cubs could win it all this season . . .
All-Star shortstop Ozzie Smith said he'll be in the lineup of the St. Louis Cardinals today but beyond that isn't at all certain.
"I'm going to play as long as I'm here," said Smith, whose contract is under negotiation. "I've never got into the management level". . .
The Oakland A's have banned pitcher Mike Norris from any team activity and told him to resume a rehabilitation program as a result of Sunday's arrest on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or a chemical substance. . .
Four players in the Atlanta Braves' farm system have tested positive for drug and alcohol use, but Braves Vice President Henry Aaron says the number is not necessarily alarming. The four positive results turned up during tests of 175 minor-league players last week. The players were not identified by the Braves.
"You could probably test that many people on the street and probably find more than four," said Aaron, the team's director of player development.