Joe Torre is honoring Juan Gonzalez's request to skip the All-Star Game but doesn't agree with the decision by the Rangers' outfielder.
Gonzalez, angry the Mariners' Ken Griffey Jr. and the Indians' Manny Ramirez and Kenny Lofton are ahead of him in voting for the AL's three starting spots, said he would go as a starter or not at all.
"It's a shame," Torre said yesterday before his Yankees played the Orioles. "I think it is an honor, and if not honored they should be obligated."
BONILLA ON DL: The Mets can't even put Bobby Bonilla on the disabled list without a little bit of controversy. He was placed on the 15-day DL before last night's game against the Braves with tendinitis in his left knee.
The move was retroactive to Saturday. The Mets recalled right-hander Jason Isringhausen from Class AAA Norfolk to take his place.
There was little agreement between Bonilla and Mets management, however, about who made the decision to sit the outfielder for two weeks and whether he would agree to a minor league rehabilitation assignment when healthy.
Mets Manager Bobby Valentine, who rarely talks to Bonilla, said he heard Bonilla requested to be put on the DL. That seemed to amuse Bonilla.
"He's hearing things again," Bonilla said. "I didn't suggest anything."
MARINERS NEWS: Owners of the Mariners have said privately they might have to trade Griffey or Alex Rodriguez if their demand for more money for a new ballpark is refused, the Seattle Times reported.
Mariners owners began saying in February it would be difficult to keep the team's top-paid players on the roster if the Mariners had to pay $100 million in cost overruns on Safeco Field, which is set to open July 15.