Larry Dolan sat by the radio as a child in suburban Cleveland, keeping score and dreaming of one day playing shortstop for the Indians.
"My idol was Lou Boudreau," Dolan said. "All I ever wanted to be was Lou Boudreau. It never occurred to me I'd be Bill Veeck."
Dolan agreed yesterday to buy the Indians for $320 million from Richard Jacobs, who as the team's owner since 1986 built the club from a baseball laughingstock into a model franchise and perennial power.
Dolan's acquisition is subject to approval by major league owners, who have taken six to 18 months to consider recent purchase agreements. The deal appears to be a record for a baseball franchise, topping the $311 million sale of the Dodgers last year. . . .
Former Cubs manager Jim Riggleman joined the Indians staff as a coach under new manager Charlie Manuel. Riggleman said he signed a two-year contract and will be either a bench or third-base coach.
* LOPES TO BREWERS: Davey Lopes was hired to manage the Brewers, who hope he can end their streak of seven straight losing seasons. GM Dean Taylor said the team wanted someone "who defined a winning mind-set, who could create a structured yet positive environment and, last but not least, someone who's a quality baseball man in his own right."
* COMMUNITY PROPERTY?: Marlins owner John Henry says he is willing to return 90 percent of the team profits to the public if taxpayers help pay for a new ballpark.
The proposal may be unprecedented. Even as teams across the country seek public money for new stadiums, they typically guarantee little in return.
"I've always said I'm not in it for the money," said Henry, a multimillionaire commodities trader. "My philosophy is that the team is a public asset. It belongs to the community."
Henry said he is still formulating the profit-sharing proposal, and he hasn't formally presented it to the public.
* ROSE SIGNED: Pete Rose Jr. has signed a minor league contract with the Phillies, joining the organization his father helped lead to its only World Series championship in 1980.