Roberto Clemente's family is upset that pieces of the plane he died in are being auctioned off, according to the New York Times.
Lelands auction house in New York is selling a light metal piece of the airplane, measuring 19 by 14 inches at its largest point, the paper reported on its Web site Saturday night. That section has a minimum auction price of $1,500.
A gray steel propeller, 14 by 79 inches, has a minimum price of $1,000.
The high bid for the first piece is $1,650 and the high for the second is $1,210. The auction, which includes 28 Clemente-related items, is to end June 24.
Clemente died on Dec. 31, 1972, when the DC-7 he was on during a relief mission crashed after takeoff from San Juan, Puerto Rico. The plane was headed to Nicaragua with supplies for earthquake victims.
"It's disgusting," Roberto Clemente Jr. was quoted as saying. "It's a shame that something so sacred to my family would go on the market like this. It's ridiculous. It has nothing to do with baseball. He's a human being. He lost his life."
* HAMPTON BACK TO DL: Braves LHP Mike Hampton returned to the 15-day disabled list with tightness in his left forearm, five days after he lasted only four innings in his first start since missing more than two weeks with the same problem.
Hampton, off to a strong start with a 4-1 record and a 1.83 ERA, will miss his scheduled start today against the Pirates. RHP Seth Greisinger (McLean High School) will likely be called up from Class AAA Richmond to pitch, though the Braves aren't expected to make a roster move until today.
Hampton threw before Friday's game in Pittsburgh after lasting just 58 pitches Tuesday in Washington.
Asked how long he expects Hampton to be out, Manager Bobby Cox said, "Two weeks for sure."
Hampton complained of tightness after lasting only 21/3 innings during a May 14 start against the Dodgers and was unable to make his next start. The problem was still there when he pitched Tuesday.
* REDS' PENA ALMOST READY: Cincinnati OF Wily Mo Pena expects to finish his rehab from a strained left quadriceps muscle tomorrow.
Pena, currently with the Class AAA Louisville Bats, said his recovery since going on the disabled list May 19 is nearly complete. He is batting .385 (5 for 13) with one home run and four RBI in four games with the Bats.
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