Lefebvre caught in firing line

October 11, 1991

Baseball's manager-firing frenzy continued yesterday, when the Seattle Mariners dismissed Jim Lefebvre, the man who just guided them to their first winning season.

Lefebvre, 49, became the fourth manager to be fired in four days and the 12th since the season began. The New York Yankees fired Stump Merrill on Monday, Joe Morgan was fired by the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday and Tom Trebelhorn was let go by the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday.

There was speculation Lefebvre could be in line to manage the Chicago White Sox after Jeff Torborg's resignation yesterday.

Bucky Dent, who managed the Yankees during 1989 and 1990, is considered a leading candidate to succeed Lefebvre. Dent, 39, was the third-base coach of the St. Louis Cardinals this season.

Mariners general manager Woody Woodward, who hired Lefebvre and chose not to renew his contract, was the general manager of the Yankees when Dent managed in New York.

Neither the Mariners nor Lefebvre would say why Lefebvre was fired.

* METS: There is no foundation for allegations of rape against New York pitcher David Cone, and charges won't be filed, a Philadelphia police investigation said.

A 24-year-old New Jersey woman had claimed Cone raped her after she gave him a massage in his Philadelphia hotel room Oct. 5. But Philadelphia police and the district attorney's office decided to make no arrests after reviewing documents provided by the hotel and interviewing witnesses.

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