Palermo, ump shot in robbery, will throw out first Series ball


October 16, 1991

Umpire Steve Palermo will be on hand for the World Series, after all.

Denied the opportunity to work the Series because of a spinal injury suffered when he was shot by a Dallas robbery suspect, Palermo told the Dallas Morning News that he accepted an invitation from commissioner Fay Vincent to throw out the ceremonial first pitch before Game 1 on Saturday night at the Metrodome.

The Minnesota Twins will represent the American League against the winner of the NL playoff between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Atlanta Braves.

"That's the goal I am pointing toward now, Saturday night," said Palermo, who has been rehabilitating in Dallas since he was shot in the back early on the morning of July 7. "I'll go to the mound and throw the ball. I've been practicing that in therapy . . . stepping off 60 feet, six inches [the distance from the mound to home plate], throwing a ball and keeping my balance."

* TIGERS: Owner Tom Monaghan is not interested in a recent offer from a group of local investors to buy half-ownership of the team for $50 million cash, a spokeswoman said.

Monaghan received the offer from S. Gary Spicer, a Detroit lawyer and sports agent, in a document faxed to his offices at Domino's Pizza Inc. headquarters in Ann Arbor, Mich., on Friday. He was out of town and didn't see the offer until Monday night, spokesman Betsy Kanitz said.

Spicer, who represents the 10 investors, says the offer also included a proposal to finance a $60-million renovation of Tiger Stadium.

* ROYALS: Veteran outfielder Jeffrey Leonard, who played 68 games this year at Class AAA Omaha, has been released.

Leonard, 36, who has played for a half-dozen major-league teams, was signed during the 1991 season and assigned to Omaha, where he hit .244 with 10 homers and 50 RBI. He hit .417 and had four homers for the San Francisco Giants in the 1987 National League playoffs.

* YANKEES: Outfielder Pat Sheridan was placed on unconditional release waivers by New York, which decided not to exercise its option for 1992.

New York will pay Sheridan a $20,000 buyout rather than a $425,000 for next season. Sheridan's contract had a base salary of $200,000 this season and he made another $225,000 in bonuses.

Sheridan batted .204 in 113 at-bats over 62 games, hitting four homers and driving in seven runs.

* BREWERS: Fred Stanley, the infield coach this season, is the club's new director of player development. Stanley, 44, succeeds Bruce Manno, who had been farm director since 1982. Manno was named as Sal Bando's assistant last week when Bando replaced Harry Dalton as general manager of the Brewers.

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