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BASEBALL: DAILY REPORT : ANGELS : Salmon Is Minor League Player of Year

Outfielder Tim Salmon, the most valuable player in the Pacific Coast League this season, was named Baseball America’s minor league player of the year.

Salmon led the PCL with 29 home runs and 105 runs batted in, missing the batting title by .004 with his .347 average. A sprained left wrist has limited his effectiveness since his Aug. 21 recall by the Angels, and he entered Monday’s game hitting .181 with two homers and six RBIs.

“This is definitely one of the highlights of my life so far,” Salmon said Monday. “I want to thank my teammates in Edmonton, who are a great bunch of guys. Without them, none of this would be possible.”

In addition to unveiling their new logo at a pregame news conference, the Angels announced ticket prices and parking rates will not be increased for 1993. Tickets range from $11 for field and club box to $1 for kids’ general admission Monday through Thursday. . . . The 1993 schedule was released, with the season and home opener scheduled for April 6 against Milwaukee. It will be an afternoon game, which the Angels intend to establish as a tradition. . . . Also announced was a change in the club’s Class-A Midwest League affiliate from Quad City to Cedar Rapids (Iowa).

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Dugout coach John Wathan said he’s awaiting word from the Colorado Rockies and Florida Marlins on whether he has made the final cut in their managerial search. Wathan interviewed for both jobs last week and said each team would narrow its eight-candidate field to four. “I’d never done an interview in baseball before,” Wathan said. “I enjoyed the sessions. It would be more difficult if I’d never managed before.”

Manager Buck Rodgers will have his right elbow X-rayed Wednesday to determine how much it has healed since the surgery that followed the May 21 bus accident. If enough bone has grown back, he’ll have another operation in October; if not, the operation will be postponed. . . . Rodgers said he plans to make an announcement later in the week on which coaches have accepted his invitation to return next season. He said not every coach has responded. . . . The entire minor league field staff was invited to return in 1993, with four minor changes. . . . Damion Easley, who had appeared in every game since his Aug. 13 debut, was given Monday off. “He’s a little tired and his bat’s starting to drag,” Rodgers said of Easley, who is in an eight-for-48 slump. . . Home weekday night games next season will start at 7:05 p.m.


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