Pete Rose will go from prison to gymnasium in January when he comes home to finish his sentence for cheating on his taxes.
Educators are planning for Rose to help teach physical education and health at five Cincinnati inner-city elementary schools designated by a federal judge. Rose will become a teaching assistant when he's released from a federal prison camp in Illinois Jan. 7 to start performing 1,000 hours of community service.
"We've arranged for him to work full-time in the schools," said Cecil Good, an assistant superintendent. "He'll be working the same calendar as any teacher in the district."
And doing the same things as any other teaching assistant in the city school system.
"He would be working directly under a certified teacher and do whatever kinds of tasks that teacher de
termines are most appropriate," Good said. "For instance, in a gymnasium, if there are games going on, he may take a small group and work with them in a particular activity."
U.S. District Judge S. Arthur Spiegel sentenced Rose last July to five months in prison and three months in a halfway house in Cincinnati. Spiegel also ordered Rose to "return to his roots in the inner city" by performing 1,000 hours of community service at the five elementary schools and a youth center.
* WHITE SOX: Chicago will offer a three-year contract to American League Cy Young Award winner Bob Welch of the Oakland Athletics, general manager Ron Schueler said. Schueler, a special assistant to Oakland general manager Sandy Alder
son before coming to the White Sox earlier this month, said a deal in the range of $4 million a year was "in the ballpark."
But Schueler said he did not know exactly how much money or how many years the club would offer Welch (27-6 2.95 ERA), who became a free agent after the World Series.
"We're going to start with a three [-year contract], but we realize we might have to go further to beat the competition," Schueler said. "At least 10 or 12 other teams are interested in Welch."
Schueler said he and White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf would meet with Welch and his agent today. Schueler said he hoped for a quick decision.
* ATHLETICS: Catcher Jamie Quirk, 36, is guaranteed $1 million under his new, two-year contract. In addition, Quirk (.281, three homers,26 RBIs) can earn up to $100,000 a year in performance bonuses: $25,000 each for 200, 250, 300 and 350 plate appearances.
Quirk, a 12-year veteran, played for seven other major-league teams -- including the Baltimore Orioles -- before joining the A's. He has a .240 career average with 40 home runs and 219 RBIs.
* EXPOS: Montreal's Olympic Stadium, home of the Expos, will be given a $30-million face lift over the next two years to make it a better place to watch baseball. The announcement was made despite doubt whether the team will remain in Montreal.
Expos president Claude Brochu has been trying to put together a consortium to buy the team from Charles Bronfman for $100 million, but a formal offer still hasn't been tendered.