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D'backs CEO out, agent to take over

By wire services
Published August 7, 2004

PHOENIX - Jerry Colangelo, who brought Arizona a major-league franchise in 1998 and a World Series title three years later, is being forced out as chief executive officer of the Diamondbacks and will be replaced by Jeff Moorad, an agent for several top players.

Colangelo, the team's managing general partner, said Friday that after disagreements with the partnership that owns the team about the franchise's direction, he was asked whether he would be willing to step down.

"It wasn't planned, but really when you get down to it, really it was my decision to say, "I'm out,' " he said. "Once you get over the initial hurt of something like that ... you kind of go on with your life, and this is no different."

Moorad, a former partner of football agent Leigh Steinberg, takes over as chief executive officer Jan. 1 and as chairman one year later.

Any change in control must be approved by Major League Baseball.

SELIG EXTENSION: Owners will be asked to approve a three-year extension for commissioner Bud Selig that would run through 2009, the Associated Press reported.

The extension will be presented for a vote when owners meet in Philadelphia on Aug. 19. Approval appears certain and could be unanimous.

In other business, owners will be asked to approve plans for a World Cup and a baseball television network. The start of the World Cup almost certainly will be pushed back to 2006.

AP also reported that major-league executives planning the Expos' move have spent most of the past two months concentrating on the bids of Northern Virginia and downtown Washington.

AILING CHISOX: Frank Thomas is out for the rest of the season and Magglio Ordonez might be, too.

After the White Sox announced Thomas will miss the rest of the season as he recovers from a stress fracture in his left foot, manager Ozzie Guillen said he doesn't expect Ordonez to return.

"I think Magglio has to be ready for next season. I don't think Magglio is going to be back," Guillen said.

JAPAN TOUR: A major-league all-star team will tour Japan in November, and Albert Pujols and Alfonso Soriano are among the players who have agreed to make the trip. The eight-game trip runs Nov. 5-14. The major-leaguers face an all-star team from the Japanese leagues.

BOSOX ADD RELIEF: The Mariners traded left-hander Mike Myers to Boston for a player to be named or cash.

INDIANS-BLUE JAYS TRADE: Cleveland acquired designated hitter-first baseman Josh Phelps from Toronto for Triple-A first baseman Eric Crozier.

EX-PITCHER HURT: Staten Island Yankees manager Tommy John fell and dislocated his artificial hip Thursday before his team played Lowell in the New York-Penn League. John, a 288-game winner in a 26-year career, was standing with his foot on a tire of the movable batting cage when he went down, the New York Post reported.

EXPOS: Right-hander Rocky Biddle left his start against the Astros in the third after he was hit on the right ankle by Lance Berkman's line drive. He is day to day with a bruise.

METS: Outfielder Shane Spencer cleared waivers and was released after an agreement among the team, the commissioner's office and the players' association. Spencer was suspended July 28, one day after he was arrested by the Florida Highway Patrol and charged with driving under the influence.

YANKEES: Catcher Jorge Posada was not in the lineup because of a sore thumb a day after being hit by a foul tip.

[Last modified August 7, 2004, 01:04:05]


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