Colo. site may be contaminated

July 24, 1991

The construction of Denver's Coors Field, proposed home of the National League's Colorado Rockies, may be delayed because the land could be contaminated with substances used to maintain railroad tracks, formerly on the site.

Environmental engineers said the ballpark might not be ready for its planned opening in 1994 because a cleanup could take years.

* PIRATES: President Carl Barger said he may step down before the season ends to concentrate on building the expansion Florida Marlins.

Barger had said he hoped to remain with the Pirates for the full season and then move to Miami, an unprecedented arrangement that has drawn charges of conflict of interest.

* ATHLETICS: A nationwide search began for a ballpark concession manager suspected of making off with $700,000 in cash receipts from Oakland Coliseum, authorities said.

Thomas E. Hagins, 29, was last seen about 1 a.m. Monday, when receipts were being totaled from sales during the four-game series against the Yankees, Lt. William Gillespie said.

* INDIANS: Doug Jones, the team's all-time leader in saves, may not be with the Indians much longer.

Club president Hank Peters has declined to comment on a report in The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer, citing unidentified sources in the American League, that the Indians have requested waivers on Jones. The irrevocable waivers are expected to expire today and Jones could then be claimed by another club, or could declare himself a free agent if he's not claimed.

Jones hasn't saved a game since June 2. He's 1-7 with a 7.47 ERA and has just six saves in 11 chances.

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