Marriott Corp. has contributed an undisclosed amount to the investor group attempting to bring a National League expansion franchise to Washington, it was announced yesterday.
In return, Marriott, based in suburban Bethesda, Md., will hold the concession rights to the team's games, according to John Akridge, head of Metropolitan Washington Baseball Inc.
However, Marriott is not an investor in the effort, said Akridge, who added that his group still is seeking an additional one.
* FANS: Commissioner Fay Vincent and American League president Bobby Brown said players should tune out abusive fans.
The Oakland Athletics' Jose Canseco confronted a fan at Yankee Stadium Monday night after he was heckled about his wife and his friendship with pop star Madonna. Earlier in the day, Cleveland Indians outfielder Albert Belle was suspended a week for hitting a fan with a ball. The Cincinnati Reds' Rob Dibble was suspended four games on May 3 for throwing a ball into the stands and hitting a fan.
"That's just part of playing," Vincent said. "You have to ignore what goes on in the stands. If you don't, then you have some difficulty."
* DODGERS: Outfielder Kal Daniels was carried off the field on a stretcher after fouling a one-strike pitch from Montreal Expos rookie Mark Gardner off his leg with two outs in the second inning.
He lay motionless on his stomach for several minutes with his head buried in his arms. He is believed to have an injured groin muscle.
* RANGERS: The club talked to pitcher Nolan Ryan, 44, Monday about trying to find a way to keep the pitcher in the organization after he retires.
Ryan, 44, said he was intrigued by the proposal, but wouldn't say whether talk of retirement provisions means he is planning to end his playing career.
Ryan has been approached by at least two groups to become a partner in a new ownership group when John McMullen sells the Houston Astros.