The Brewers have been awarded the 2002 All-Star Game, which will be played at Miller Park.

"It's an opportunity for us to show off nationally -- to show off internationally -- both Miller Park and all the things going on in this community," said Brewers President Wendy Selig-Prieb.

A July 14 construction accident that caused deaths delayed the opening of Miller Park from 2000 to 2001.

The Brewers were originally awarded this summer's all-star game. After it became apparent that the team's new stadium would not be ready and the Brewers intended to switch from the American League to the National, the game was switched to Boston's Fenway Park.

PENALTY: Mets reliever Dennis Cook was suspended for one game and fined $2,000 by the NL for bumping the cap of an umpire this week.

The suspension, given for "overly aggressive behavior and making contact with an umpire," will not take effect until after NL President Len Coleman hears an appeal from the players' association today.

"I have no comment until I talk to Mr. Coleman," said Cook, who admitted he was "a little bit surprised" by the ruling.

Cook was removed from the Mets' 9-3 loss to the Braves Tuesday night after walking Gerald Williams in the eighth inning, and got into an animated argument with plate umpire Alfonzo Marquez.

During the argument, Cook's cap bumped the cap of Marquez, one of the 25 new umpires hired this month.

"We had a difference of opinion," Cook said Tuesday about the ball-strike calls. "I expressed mine. He expressed his. I'm frustrated. I thought some of the pitches were good pitches."

Cook still maintains he made no contact with Marquez.