NO WORD ON CLEMENS:
Umpire Terry Cooney sent his account of Roger Clemens's ejection to the American League office yesterday, but a decision on possible disciplinary action against the Boston Red Sox pitcher is not expected until after the World Series.
Videotapes of Wednesday's incident in Game 4 of the AL Championship Series are supposed to be delivered soon, said a spokeswoman, who also said league president Bobby Brown will not review the tapes before leaving for the World Series, which starts Tuesday in Cincinnati.
The Red Sox and Clemens's representatives said no statements were planned, even in the wake of reports that Clemens threatened to "get" Cooney.
Cooney ejected Clemens in the second inning after the pitcher criticized the umpire's ball-and-strike calls. Cooney and several witnesses said the Red Sox pitcher used foul language, but Clemens denied directing any at Cooney. Boston lost, 3-1, and was eliminated in four games.
The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals yesterday dismissed a motion by Yankees limited partners Daniel McCarthy and Harold Bowman seeking to block the resignation of former general partner George Steinbrenner.
The appeal was based on a district court's refusal to grant a temporary restraining order prohibiting Steinbrenner's resignation. The defendants included Commissioner Fay Vincent; his special investigator, John Dowd; and the Yankees. The court ruled a temporary restraining order is not appealable, and noted that the appeal is moot because Steinbrenner already has resigned.
Claiming Vincent's conduct has constituted a "mockery of justice," an attorney for Steinbrenner has formally called on baseball's executive council for an impartial investigation of Vincent's handling of Steinbrenner's removal from baseball, according to documents obtained by the Los Angeles Times.
Attorney Paul Curran claims Vincent overstepped his bounds by wielding his power "corruptly," during the investigation, hearing and resolution of Steinbrenner's involvement with gambler Howard Spira.
INS AND OUTS:
Manager Cito Gaston and coaches Galen Cisco, Mike Squires, John Sullivan and Gene Tenace will return next season, the Blue Jays said. Third base coach John McLaren won't be retained in that capacity but can interview for another position in the organization. . . . White Sox C Carlton Fisk, who became dizzy and ill while golfing Thursday in suburban Chicago, was released from a hospital yesterday. Team doctor James Boscardin said Fisk's blood glucose level was low, but it was restored to normal after a glass of orange juice.