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Baseball restricting clubhouse access

By wire services
Published February 27, 2004

NEW YORK - Baseball is cracking down on who's allowed in the clubhouse.

Eight days after Barry Bonds' personal trainer was indicted on charges of distributing illegal steroids, commissioner Bud Selig sent a memorandum to the 30 teams banning personal trainers, friends and agents from "all playing fields, dugouts, clubhouses and related facilities."

The memorandum is dated Feb. 20 and issued under the names of Selig and baseball executive vice president Sandy Alderson. In a telephone interview Thursday, Alderson said personal trainers also will be banned from ballpark weight rooms.

Though it didn't mention the steroid probe directly, the memo read "recent events have reinforced the need to consistently and uniformly enforce regulations limiting clubhouse access."

BREWERS RIP REPORT: The Brewers and Major League Baseball are disputing an HBO report that said three members of the Selig family were drawing more than $2-million in combined salary while the club was seeking funds to build Miller Park. "That's obscenely inaccurate and outrageously inflated," said Rick Schlesinger, the team's executive vice president of business operations.

ALOMAR SHAPES UP: Second baseman Roberto Alomar spent more time than usual getting in shape over the winter and arrived in Tucson, Ariz., intent on a comeback season with the Diamondbacks. "I think I put on seven or eight pounds. I feel in much better shape," Alomar said.

BROADCASTER HONORED: Lon Simmons, a broadcaster for more than four decades and one of San Francisco's original voices, will receive the Ford C. Frick Award and become the 29th broadcaster inducted into the Hall of Fame.

DODGERS: Second baseman Alex Cora remained uncertain he will be able to participate in spring games after he broke his right forearm playing winter ball.

GIANTS: Right-hander Jason Schmidt appears to be healed after offseason elbow surgery, putting him in line to start opening day.

METS: Kaz Matsui got his first taste of major-league pitching when he faced Tom Glavine in Port St. Lucie. The rookie shortstop from Japan managed a popup and foul in his first five-pitch stint.

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