Cincinnati Reds right fielder Dave Parker said yesterday he will comply with penalties handed down by Baseball Commissioner Peter Ueberroth and avoid a one-year suspension for his drug involvement of several years ago.
Reliever Al Holland of the New York Yankees said he would accept Ueberroth's penalties as an alternative to a 60-day suspension.
National League RBI champion Parker told reporters around a batting cage at the Reds' training facility in Tampa, Fla., he plans to play this year. He said he would leave any challenge of Ueberroth's decision up to the Major League Baseball Players Association.
Parker is one of six major-league players given one-year suspensions by Ueberroth unless they agree to put 10 percent of their 1986 salaries (in Parker's case, about $120,000) into antidrug programs, accept periodic drug testing and do community service work.
Parker said he stopped taking cocaine before he signed with the Reds as a free agent from the Pittsburgh Pirates in December 1983 and has stayed clear of drugs since then.
Before the team workout, Parker donned sunglasses and a headband that said "Ueberroth," modeled after the "Rozelle" headband worn by Chicago Bears quarterback Jim McMahon to twit the NFL commissioner during the football playoffs. Parker removed the headband before taking the field.
In Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Holland, one of four players who could be docked 60 days for drug involvement, opted to donate 5 percent of his 1986 salary to drug prevention, accept random testing the rest of his career and do 50 hours of drug-related community service this year.
"I feel part of it isn't fair," said Holland, "but you can't have your cake and eat it, too. The most important thing is we want to put it behind us. We were wrong."
Fellow Yankees Dale Berra and Rod Scurry earlier agreed to the commissioner's alternatives in their cases.