Pete Rose has asked baseball writers not to use the Hall of Fame induction ceremonies in July as a vehicle for protesting changes in the balloting procedure.
In a letter to Jack Lang, secretary of the Baseball Writers Association of America, Rose also asked the writers not to boycott the voting.
"Election to the Hall of Fame is the ultimate honor a baseball player can receive," Rose wrote in a letter dated May 17 and received by Lang yesterday. "I would hate to see the action taken by the Board of the Hall of Fame because of me somehow dampen the induction festivities in July for my friends Gaylord Perry, Rod Carew and Ferguson Jenkins."
The Hall of Fame's board of directors voted in February, over the objection of Lang and many of his colleagues, to remove from the ballot any player banned for life from baseball.
Rose was barred in 1989 for betting on baseball games and subsequently served prison time for failing to pay taxes on money made from gambling and selling of baseball memorabilia.
* DODGERS: Orel Hershiser had his rockiest outing since he returned from April 1990 reconstructive shoulder surgery, giving up three runs on 11 hits, as the Shreveport Captains beat the San Antonio Missions, 3-0, in a Class AA Texas League game.
Hershiser gave up a two-run homer to Royce Clayton in the fifth. Clayton knocked in Reuben Smiley from second with an unearned run in the seventh to cap the scoring.
He walked one and struck out five while giving up two earned runs.
* ATHLETICS: Pitcher Dave Stewart pronounced himself ready to return to the starting rotation after throwing in a simulated game Thursday.
Stewart, sidelined since May 9 with a pulled muscle in his rib cage, threw 41 pitches during the 25-minute workout.
* COLLUSION: More than 800 players submitted claims for the $280 million in collusion damages as of Monday's deadline, the Major League Baseball Players Association said.
The union, which will divide the money into awards for individual players, said Thursday that it would not know for weeks how much the claims totaled. Under the collusion settlement last fall, the 26 clubs agreed to pay the money, which began accumulating interest Jan. 2.
Individual awards are not expected to be issued until 1993, and players may appeal the union's decision to arbitrators Thomas Roberts and George Nicolau.