Archive for Wednesday, May 21, 2003

Baseball Briefs

May 21, 2003

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Man charged with stalking Mets GM

New York -- A Brooklyn man was charged Tuesday with stalking New York Mets general manager Steve Phillips after a series of alleged tirades at Shea Stadium.

A judge ordered Matthew Barnes, 27, held without bail until the defendant can undergo a psychiatric exam.

Prosecutors said since early January, Barnes repeatedly showed up outside offices at Shea, where he yelled, cursed and demanded to see Phillips.

The Mets, 12 games out of first place in the National League East, had no comment.

Marlins' Rodriguez will miss series

Montreal -- Florida catcher Ivan Rodriguez will miss a three-game series in Montreal after flying to Puerto Rico to tend to his ill mother-in-law.

"His wife was pretty shook up about it, and he was too so he wanted to go home for a couple of days to see if he could help out," manager Jack McKeon said.

McKeon said he didn't expect Rodriguez to rejoin the team before a three-game series at Cincinnati beginning Friday.

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