Fielder rejects $17 million offer

BASEBALL NOTES

December 22, 1991

Cecil Fielder rejected a four-year, $17 million offer from the Detroit Tigers, according to a newspaper report yesterday.

Fielder, who is eligible to file for salary arbitration next month, cited the $29 million, five-year contract free agent Bobby Bonilla received from the New York Mets, The Oakland Press of Pontiac, Mich., reported.

Fielder, in his two years with the Tigers, has hit 95 homers and driven in in 265 runs. He won the American League home run title with 51 in 1990 and shared it with Jose Canseco this year. He was tops in RBI both years, with 133 this year. In both years, Fielder was runner-up in voting for American League Most Valuable Player.

Tigers president Bo Schembechler was turned down when he flew to Chicago to make his offer to Fielder's agent, the newspaper said, citing unnamed sources.

* EXPOS: Embarrassed Olympic Stadium officials spent $547,000 on crisis management in the three months the structure was closed because of safety questions.

"We had to defend the stadium's honor, here at home and hTC abroad," Olympic Installations Board spokeswoman Brigitte Tremblay said Friday.

The building was ordered shut Sept. 13 after a 55-ton concrete beam fell off the side and crashed onto a walkway below.

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