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Marlins stadium bill heads to Senate

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© St. Petersburg Times, published April 25, 2001

TALLAHASSEE -- A proposed tax rebate for a downtown Miami stadium for the Marlins headed to the full Senate on Tuesday after clearing its final committee.

A similar measure (HB 1189) has moved to the House floor.

The Senate bill (SB 2168) cleared the Appropriations Committee by a 16-2 vote over the objections of Sen. Kendrick Meek, D-Miami, who tried to amend the bill.

Marlins owner John Henry has said Major League Baseball might dissolve the team if a stadium deal can't be reached.

Under the plan in the Legislature, the Marlins would have to clean up a 60-acre polluted site along the Miami River to build the stadium, a neglected area Miami would like to see revitalized.

HOWARD RETIRES: Veteran infielder David Howard, 34, retired, ending his comeback with the Mets' Triple-A Norfolk club.

SUZUKI'S DAD ROBBED: The father of Mariners rightfielder Ichiro Suzuki was robbed when he got a flat tire on a freeway the day before Suzuki made his first appearance in the major leagues. Noboyuki Suzuki, in Seattle from Japan, lost a bag containing $4,500 and his passport April 1, the Washington State Patrol said.

CANADIANS HONORED: The Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum will present Tip O'Neill awards to pitchers and British Columbia natives Jeff Zimmerman of the Rangers and Ryan Dempster of the Marlins.

BREWERS: Former Northeast High star Jeff D'Amico has a compressed nerve in the upper part of his right arm and likely will go on the disabled list.

CARDINALS: Manager Tony La Russa said left-hander Rick Ankiel, who has struggled with his control, will be available for bullpen duty the next two games.

D'BACKS: Four-time Gold Glove third baseman Matt Williams made his first start at shortstop in nearly 10 years. Regular Tony Womack is in North Carolina for the funeral of his father.

DODGERS: The team is close to signing left-handed reliever Jesse Orosco, 44, to a minor-league contract, agent Alan Meersand said.

YANKEES: Right-hander Orlando Hernandez threw off a bullpen mound to test his bothersome right elbow and could be ready to pitch by the end of the week. ... The team settled its lawsuit with Madison Square Garden, leaving it free to start its own television network next year.

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