Brewers' top pick opts for college

August 29, 1991

The Milwaukee Brewers won't give their top pick, pitcher Kenny Henderson, the seven-figure contract he is seeking and, instead, he'll enroll in college, his mother and team officials said.

Henderson's mother, Pam Henderson, said her son was seeking a $1 million contract and that the Brewers' last offer was $500,000. She said her son would begin classes today at the University of Miami.

General manager Harry Dalton said the Brewers wanted desperately to sign Henderson but were not going to give in to what they considered was an exorbitant price.

What the Hendersons wanted was considerably more than what the Atlanta Braves paid to outfielder Mike Kelly, who signed for $575,000 as the second player selected. Henderson was chosen fifth.

* Chet Lemon, who played for the White Sox and Tigers from 1975-90, was in serious condition yesterday in a Florida hospital for a blood-clotting disorder.

Lemon, released from the Tigers in April after nine years on the team, was reportedly suffering from a severe blood-clotting problem in his abdomen, a team spokesman said.

Notes

*BRAVES: The Mets sent releiver Alejandro Pena to Atlanta for pitcher Tony Castillo and a minor-leaguer to be named.

"I'm surprised," Pena said. "I'm happy. It's good to go from a fifth-place team to a first-place team."

Braves general manager John Schuerholz said, "We wanted to get another hard-throwing veteran who has had success in that role.

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