A clubhouse confrontation between New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner and outfielder Dave Winfield ended with the club owner suggesting that the outfielder might be playing elsewhere next season, according to the New York Daily News.

Columnist Mike Lupica wrote that the incident occurred last Tuesday, when Steinbrenner was about to distribute Commissioner Peter Ueberroth's letter appealing for drug testing.

According to Lupica:

As Steinbrenner was about to hand out the letters, Winfield said, "I'll take those and distribute them. I'm the player rep on this team. It's my job. This is my team in that regard."

Steinbrenner replied: "Not for long. I'm the boss around here. We'll see if you're going to be around next season." Winfield, who has a no-trade clause in his contract, told Steinbrenner, "You know where I'm going to be next season? I'm going to be right here."

The letters were distributed by Winfield and coaches Gene Michael and Jeff Torborg . . .

A federal magistrate who witnessed a hotel bar fight involving Yankees Manager Billy Martin and pitcher Ed Whitson says Martin was trying to prevent trouble when his arm was broken. "Martin clearly was not the aggressor," Glen Conrad, U.S. magistrate in Roanoke, Va., said.

Conrad said he and a friend, Albert J. Millus Jr., 29, a lawyer from Binghamton, N.Y., had been confronted by Whitson over a claim that Millus had been eavesdropping on a conversation the Yankee pitcher was having with a woman. When Martin came over to separate the men, Whitson began scuffling with his manager, Conrad said . . .

The Chicago Cubs have hired a market research firm to survey season ticketholders for their opinions about Wrigley Field, the oldest major league park without lights, its appeal, how it compares to the Chicago White Sox's Comiskey Park and the Chicago Bears' Soldier Field. "It's part of our overall study of looking at Wrigley Field or a new stadium," said Donald C. Grenesko, Cubs executive vice president for business operations.