Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, home of the Braves for 25 years and the place where Hank Aaron became baseball's home run king, will be torn down after the 1996 Olympics, officials said yesterday.
The stadium will be replaced by a new structure being built for the Olympics across the street from the existing facility. The 85,000-seat Olympic Stadium will be converted into a 45,000-seat baseball stadium after the Games.
* WHITE SOX: Bo Jackson will be examined by trainer Herm Schneider, and the club will decide tomorrow when the outfielder will be activated.
Jackson rehabilitated his injured hip with farm clubs in Sarasota, Fla., and Birmingham, Ala., this week.
* YANKEES: Stump Merrill's chances of returning to manage next year are very slim, according to a limited partner quoted in Newsday.
Merrill's fate rests with general manager Gene Michael, and this zTC partner told Newsday that, though Michael has consistently declined to discuss Merrill on the record, Michael has been unhappy with Merrill's game strategy.
MARINERS: Owner Jeff Smulyan has confirmed that the owner of the Charlotte Hornets basketball team contacted him two months ago about buying the money-losing Mariners.
Sports entrepreneur George Shinn was interested in moving the baseball team to either Charlotte, N.C., or St. Petersburg, Fla. But Smulyan, according to Shinn, said the Mariners were not for sale and that he intended to make baseball work in Seattle.
CARDINALS: The club announced plans to replace the AstroTurf at Busch Stadium with more of the same. It did, however, decide to shrink the size of the park, one of the biggest in baseball, by moving in the outfield walls and lowering them. Both projects should be finished in the off-season.