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Bonds: I'm retiring after next season

By wire services
Published May 5, 2004

NEW YORK - Barry Bonds intends to retire after next season, and it's not the BALCO investigation or the walks that have led to his decision.

"Because I want to leave and do something else," he said Tuesday, before the Giants played the Mets at Shea Stadium.

And what would that be?

"That's none of your business."

Bonds, 39 and making $18-million this season, is in the third year of a four-year guaranteed deal. He has an option year for 2006.

He also insists a swirling steroids scandal doesn't bother him.

"There isn't anybody investigating me, as far as I know," Bonds said. "I ain't being investigated."

Out of the starting lineup against the Mets with a sinus infection, Bonds spent 45 minutes talking to the media.

Ex-Red Sox manager Darrell Johnson dies

BOSTON - Darrell Johnson, who managed the Sox to the World Series in 1975, has died at age 75.

The Red Sox said Mr. Johnson died Monday of leukemia at his home in Fairfield, Calif.

Mr. Johnson was 220-188 in 21/2 seasons with the Red Sox from 1974-76. He managed the Mariners from 1977-80, going 226-362, and also briefly managed the Rangers.

BLUE JAYS: Toronto acquired minor-league infielder Stubby Clapp from Cleveland for a player to be named and cash.

DIAMONDBACKS: Infielder Scott Hairston was recalled from Triple-A Tucson and catcher Bobby Estalella designated for assignment.

DODGERS: The former agent of Magic Johnson was hired as executive vice president and chief marketing officer. Lon Rosen will start work May 17. ... Centerfielder Dave Roberts left the game against Florida with a strained right hamstring.

EXPOS: Major league baseball's relocation committee is expected to meet Thursday with Washington mayor Anthony A. Williams to discuss the city's bid for the team. A plan that calls for the District of Columbia to fund a park built on the grounds of RFK Stadium for $340-million. City leaders also will present baseball officials with three other sites, each probably costing much more than a stadium at the RFK property.

Also, left-hander Rigo Beltran was placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to Thursday, and right-hander Jeremy Fikac was recalled from Triple-A Edmonton.

MARINERS: The team exercised manager Bob Melvin's 2005 option despite the team's poor start. Seattle entered its game against Minnesota last in the AL West at 9-16. Melvin signed a two-year deal with an option in November 2002, succeeding Lou Piniella, now the Rays manager. ... Right-hander Kevin Jarvis was released, but the team must pay the remainder of his $4.25-million salary. Right-hander Rafael Soriano was recalled from a minor-league rehabilitation assignment and infielder Willie Bloomquist (strained lower back) was placed on the DL, retroactive to Sunday.

MARLINS: Second baseman Luis Castillo has a fractured left pinkie and did not start against the Dodgers. He was hurt sliding into second in San Francisco on Sunday. He pinch ran in the 10th inning and did not play the field.

METS: Reliever Ricky Bottalico was brought up from Triple-A Norfolk and pitcher Grant Roberts was designated for assignment.

REDS: Centerfielder Ken Griffey (hamstring) was held out as a precaution because of a The leg felt better but manager Dave Miley held him in reserve as a pinch-hitter.

NADER MAD AT ADS: Presidential candidate Ralph Nader called the advertisements on uniforms during the season's opening series an "obscene embarrassment" and sent a letter of protest Tuesday. The ads appeared on the uniform sleeves and caps of the Rays and Yankees during their two-game series in Tokyo on March 30-31.

"This overcommercialization is sapping the fun out of being a fan of major league baseball," Nader wrote in his letter to Selig. "Now, you have sunk to a greedy new low."

[Last modified May 5, 2004, 01:00:41]


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