Cincinnati Reds owner Marge Schott is upset with outfielder Eric Davis, saying Davis's criticism that the Reds should have paid for his transfer between Oakland and Cincinnati hospitals has taken her joy out of the team's World Series sweep of the Oakland A's.
"It has ruined it all for me," she said. "I just don't believe we have this after winning a World Series. I can't believe we'd ruin something as great as a World Series win with a silly . . . plane flight."
Davis told reporters he was upset that the Reds did not pay the $15,000 bill to bring him to Cincinnati from Oakland, where he was hospitalized during the final game of the World Series after suffering a kidney injury while diving for a ball.
Schott said that a doctor at Merritt Peralta Medical Center told her "the safest thing was for Eric to stay where he was."
Davis said Schott declined to return his telephone calls about his transportation to Cincinnati. He had hoped Schott would help set up a private jet to bring him back. Doctors said during the flight Davis had to remain on his back with medical personnel nearby to monitor his condition. . . .
Pittsburgh pitcher Doug Bair and infielders Tom Brookens (Cleveland) and Frank White (Kansas City) filed for free agency yesterday, raising the total of players to 82 with six filing days remaining. . . .
The Montreal Expos exercised the 1992 contract option on outfielder Tim Raines, who wants to be traded during the offseason. Raines, 31, agreed to a $6.2 million, three-year contract with the Expos on Oct. 23, 1988, and the team had an option for 1992 at $2.1 million, the same salary he will be paid next season. He hit .287 with nine home runs, 62 RBI and 49 stolen bases last season.