Baseball Commission now counts 5,232 season tickets sold for an as yet nonexistent major league team. That means $2,966,544 is in escrow accounts at more than two dozen banks around the area.
Projected over a full season, this would account for 423,792 admissions but, according to consultant Morris Siegel, "If we were in major league baseball today, we'd rank 11th on the (season ticket) list." The commission is trying to sell 10,000 81-game season ticket plans by July 31 to make a presentation at the league meetings in August in Anaheim, Calif. . . .
The 29th player-owner bargaining session over nine months, a 2 1/2-hour discussion in New York, produced little but haggling over the owners' representations of financial straits. They'll delve further today . . .
The Chicago Cubs have had to put their struggling 1984 Cy Young pitcher, Rick Sutcliffe, back on 15-day DL, with a groin-area strain; outfielder Gary Matthews likewise, sore thigh. So shy of healthy pitchers are the Cubs, they're about to bring Larry Gura back from Iowa, reacquisition waivers permitting, for another go . . .
New York Yankees outfielder Omar Moreno, who said he couldn't play in the second game of Sunday's doubleheader against Minnesota because of a bad back, was examined by the team doctor last night -- report pending. Manager Billy Martin, who wanted to rest center fielder Rickey Henderson in the eighth inning of a 14-2 victory Sunday, said he was on the verge of fining Moreno.
"What bothered me is that he didn't tell me before the game," Martin said. "I don't go for that. I could have been put in a hole."
The little-used Moreno claimed he hurt his back last year making a diving catch. In 28 games this season Moreno is hitting .186 with one homer and two RBI.