BASEBALL DAILY REPORT : AROUND THE MAJORS : Scioscia Gives Up on Comeback Bid
Former Dodger catcher Mike Scioscia, 35, who has spent the last 15 months attempting a comeback from major shoulder surgery, has called it quits. He had a .259 average, 68 homers and 446 RBIs in 1,441 games with the Dodgers from 1980 to 1992. He signed as a free agent with San Diego after the 1992 season, but didn’t play in a game.
Red owner Marge Schott stalked out of a Cincinnati City Council meeting set up expressly to get her views on a smoking ordinance when one speaker suggested attendance at Reds games is down because she has offended fans with her racial ad ethnic slurs.
“I don’t want to be in the same room with the man,” Schott said as she left the meeting.
A council member raced to stop her on the front steps of City Hall and begged her to return. After deliberation with team officials, she went back inside and blamed the city’s restrictions on smoking at Riverfront Stadium for lagging attendance.
Schott, a smoker, told council members they should worry more about crime, drugs and children born to mothers with drug addictions. “That’s where we should be concentrating instead of (on) smoking in an open-air stadium,” Schott said.
Red pitcher Erik Hanson suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee fielding a bunt against the San Francisco Giants on Monday and will sit out the rest of the season. . . . Pittsburgh Pirate outfielder Al Martin, tied for the team lead in both home runs and stolen bases, might sit out the rest of the season after undergoing surgery on his left wrist. . . . The St. Louis Cardinals activated pitcher Rheal Cormier from the 15-day disabled list and sent pitcher Gary Buckles to triple-A Louisville. . . .. Baltimore Oriole left-hander Sid Fernandez, scratched from his scheduled start today, received a cortisone injection in his aching left knee, which might push his next start as far back as next Monday in New York. Left-hander Jamie Moyer will replace Fernandez.