Manager Jim Essian might be fired by the Chicago Cubs, a report published yesterday says.
The Chicago Sun-Times, quoting unidentified sources in the Cubs organization, says the firing could occur shortly after the season ends, possibly as early as Monday.
Essian took over for the fired Don Zimmer on May 23. The Cubs, 17-19 under Zimmer, have won 57 and lost 64 under Essian. They've lost 24 of the past 35.
* ASTROS: Owner John McMullen reportedly has terminatenegotiations with a Houston group trying to purchase the club.
Banker Ben Love and his son, lawyer Jeff Love, are part of a group that has been negotiating to purchase the club since McMullen announced that he would sell it.
Houston television station KRIV-TV and the Houston Chronicle quoted sources as saying the Love group's latest offer was rejected and that McMullen had asked to end the talks.
* TIGERS: President Bo Schembechler has announced that thclub had rejected two proposed sites for a new Tiger Stadium near downtown. Both sites were impractical, were costly, failed PTC to meet the team's specifications and were being virtually forced on the club by the city and Wayne County, he said.
* METS: William Shea, who brought National League baseball back to New York in 1962 and got a ballpark named for him in gratitude, died early yesterday in his apartment in Manhattan. He was 84.
A lawyer of wide influence, Shea and his law firm, Shea and Gould, were part of what some called the "permanent government" of New York.
He was asked by then-Mayor Robert F. Wagner to head a committee to get an NL team for the city after the Dodgers and Giants went west at the end of the 1957 season.