November 11, 1997 in Sports

Lasorda’s Quote Angers Berra

Compiled From Wire Services
 

The head of the veterans committee of the baseball Hall of Fame said his group will talk about changing the shrine’s rules after inductee Tommy Lasorda told a Washington newspaper that he was interested in managing the Baltimore Orioles.

Lasorda’s assurance that he didn’t want to manage again persuaded some members of the veterans committee in March to vote him in. His statements about coming back as a manager angered former New York Yankees catcher Yogi Berra, a veterans committee member, enough to say he wanted the committee to talk about reconsidering Lasorda’s election.

While Lasorda’s actions aren’t enough to call an emergency meeting of the committee, Joe Brown, the head of the veterans committee, said he expects members to discuss what can be done when someone violates an understanding that he won’t return to the dugout after induction at its regular gathering in March.

“This is something that needs to be discussed,” Brown told Bloomberg News. “There are some on the committee, like Yogi, who believe Tommy broke his word to them, and I think they would want to see what, if anything, can be done. I’m sure it’ll come up.”

Lasorda said his answer came in response to a question about what he would do if the Orioles contacted him about the opening.

“I said, ‘I’ll talk to anybody that calls me,’ but I never said I would manage the Baltimore Orioles,” Lasorda said. “I miss managing, but I gave my word to the Hall of Fame that I wouldn’t manage again. I’m not interested in managing any team.”

The Cincinnati Reds traded reliever Jeff Brantley to the St. Louis Cardinals for first baseman Dmitri Young.

Kansas City Royals right-hander Kevin Appier tore ligaments in his pitching shoulder in a fall at his home, and will undergo surgery today.

Season ticket holders who buy $1,500 worth of Oakland Athletics tickets next season will get a free trip to spring training in Phoenix.


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