BASEBALL DAILY REPORT : ANGELS : Mariners’ Stadium Plan Opposed


The Angels informed American League President Dr. Bobby Brown of their opposition to playing the Seattle Mariners in Tacoma, Wash.

The 10,000-seat Cheney Stadium was partially approved Tuesday by major league baseball for day games. The three games against the Angels are tentatively scheduled to be Monday at 3:30 p.m.; Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. and Wednesday at 12:30 p.m.

The Angels, who will lose about $350,000 in television revenue, faxed a letter of complaint to Brown, and Angel President Richard Brown is expected to talk directly with him today.


“It’s a minor league ballpark,” Angel General Manager Bill Bavasi said, “and we have a major league investment out there. We’d like to play in a major league facility.”

The Angel players, many of whom played at the triple-A stadium, certainly never expected to be returning. The way they see it, the Mariners should want to play their “home” games at Anaheim Stadium.

“If they’re worried about fans,” Angel starter Brian Anderson said, “they should want to play here. They’d never have to worry about being the visiting team at our place.”

Said Angel outfielder Jim Edmonds: “I don’t know why they don’t just come here, it’s not like we have a home-field advantage.”

The dimensions at Cheney Stadium are considered fair for those who played there: 325 feet down the line, 350-385 feet in the power-alleys, and 425 feet to straightaway center.

Considering the Angels’ pitching of late, maybe a change of venue will be beneficial.

“If the Kingdome is unsafe,” Angel reliever Joe Grahe said, “I don’t care if we play in the parking lot. At least there would be no fences there.”


Angel shortstop Gary DiSarcina on the advice he gave to his wife, Janee, who gave birth to their first child, Carlee Rose, Sunday night: “I kept telling her, ‘I’ve played in pain, you can play with pain. Come on, it’s not that bad, Honey.’ Then, about 20 hours into labor, I said, “Get a shot! Will you get a shot!’ ”


Janee DiSarcina, who gave birth three weeks early, was in labor for 30 hours.


Angel right fielder Tim Salmon, who was expected to return to the lineup Tuesday, was placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 18, because of a strained right hamstring.

The team recalled outfielder Garret Anderson from triple-A Vancouver.

“I thought I was getting in third gear, but now I can’t even get out of second,” said Salmon, who sat out eight consecutive games. “I don’t even know if I have a fourth gear anymore.”