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© St. Petersburg Times, published April 14, 2001


Winfield will go to Hall as Padre

Dave Winfield will enter the Hall of Fame as a San Diego Padre, choosing his first team instead of the New York Yankees.

"I had no idea when I was elected in January that I would have to think about it and look at this for so long, and from so many ways," Winfield said in a statement released by the Hall on Friday. "This has been an extremely tough decision."

Winfield spent the first eight years of his career in San Diego, making four All-Star games. He will be the first Hall of Famer to have the Padres' logo on his plaque.

"I went with the team that gave me my very first opportunity," he said. "All of my "firsts' happened in San Diego and that is where I developed as a player."

The Hall of Fame has the final choice of which logo will be on the plaque, but Winfield was allowed to choose because the majority of his career was split between the Padres (1,117 games) and Yankees (1,172).

ANGELS: Anaheim activated second baseman Adam Kennedy from the 15-day disabled list. The team also recalled right-hander Brian Cooper and left-hander Mark Lukasiewicz from Triple-A Salt Lake. To make room, the team optioned infielders Larry Barnes and Jose Nieves and right-hander Matt Wise to Salt Lake.

EXPOS: Free-agent pitcher Masato Yoshii signed a one-year contract. Yoshii, 36, who had bone spurs surgically removed from his right elbow Sept. 28, was released by Colorado on March 28.

MARLINS: Proposed tax rebates for a new stadium for the team could cost the state treasury $5.3-million a year, government economists said.

The Legislature is considering measures that would provide tax rebates to subsidize a new stadium in downtown Miami.

Under the proposals, the annual state sales tax revenue paid by the team would freeze at the amount it collected last year, $1.5-million. Any amount above that on tickets, concessions, parking and merchandise would be refunded to the team to pay off the cost of building the park.

PIRATES: The team will wear a patch depicting one of Willie Stargell's stars on their uniforms the rest of the season.

Stargell passed out the black stars with a gold "S" to teammates during the Pirates' 1979 World Series championship season. The patch will be on the left side of the chest of the Pirates' home and away uniforms. Stargell died Monday at age 61.

REDS: Shortstop Barry Larkin injured his left wrist diving for ball and left the game against the New York Mets.

Larkin mildly strained his wrist as he stopped Tsuyoshi Shinjo's grounder in the hole in the second inning. Shinjo reached on an infield single.

Larkin was replaced by Donnie Sadler in the bottom of the third.

X-rays on Larkin's wrist were negative. The Reds listed him as day to day.

WHITE SOX: Right-hander Cal Eldred did not suffer major damage to his right elbow when he was forced out of his last start.

A bone scan showed a "mild reaction but nothing of high intensity," general manager Kenny Williams said in a news release. Eldred will treat the elbow with a bone stimulator three hours a day for two weeks.

CREDENTIALS ISSUE RESOLVED: Sports editors and major league baseball have resolved their differences over issues in the season credential that included how pictures and words were transmitted from games.

"The revised credential form essentially preserves the status quo and eliminates the most contested restrictions," Tim Burke, assistant managing editor/sports of the Palm Beach Post and president of the Associated Press Sports Editors, said. Major league baseball had sought to limit how often journalists could transmit information and how many photographs they could send out while the game was in progress.

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