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Baseball Briefs

October 19, 2000


Microwave delays Mariners' trip home

New York The Seattle Mariners' chartered plane was routed back to Kennedy Airport shortly after taking off because smoke began spewing from a microwave oven in the galley, aviation officials said Wednesday.

None of the 90 passengers or seven crew members were injured, and the team and its entourage was sent home on another plane later in the morning.

The incident occurred about four hours after the Mariners' season ended Tuesday with a 9-7 loss in the ALCS.

FAA officials inspected the galley and found smoke, but they did not need to use fire extinguishers.

The plane was taken to Las Vegas for further maintenance, Salac said.

The team finally took off from Kennedy at 8:50 a.m. and arrived in Seattle six hours later.

Hamilton County to sell bonds for Reds' ballpark

Cincinnati Hamilton County commissioners approved the sale of up to $350 million in bonds next week to finance the Cincinnati Reds' new Great American Ball Park and cost overruns at the Bengals' Paul Brown Stadium.

Commissioners earlier approved selling up to $310 million in bonds but increased that amount Wednesday. The cost of the football stadium has been put at $453 million, including overruns of about $46 million.

In 1996, Hamilton County votes approved a half-cent sales tax increase to pay for the two stadiums.

Commissioners also agreed to pay about $43,000 to rip out the artificial turf at Cinergy Field, and the Reds agreed to pay for installation and maintenance of natural grass inside the stadium. The Reds will play in Cinergy Field two more years.

Brenly optimistic after interview with Arizona

Phoenix Broadcaster and former major league catcher Bob Brenly emerged from a 21/2-hour job interview Wednesday enthusiastic and optimistic about his chances of becoming manager of the Diamondbacks.

Brenly and former Philadelphia manager Terry Francona are considered the front-runners among the seven candidates identified as possible replacements for Buck Showalter, who was fired one day after the season ended.

Six of the candidates have been interviewed. The seventh, New York Yankees batting coach Chris Chambliss, will be interviewed Monday in New York.

Brenly played in the majors for nine seasons. He spent a year in broadcasting in Chicago, then was a coach for four seasons with the Giants. He returned to broadcasting in 1995 with Fox, and has been the TV analyst for Diamondbacks games for three years.

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