Canseco won't report when A's want

February 20, 1992

Jose Canseco said yesterday that he will ignore the Oakland Athletics' suggestion that players report to spring training ahead of the required date. Canseco says he will report March 4, the mandatory deadline.

The A's had asked players to report voluntarily on Feb. 26.

"According to the rules, I can't be fined," he said. "Six weeks of spring training is too long, anyway. All they can do is spank me. What are they going to do, bench me?"

Manager Tony La Russa said: "It's not good news for me. He's going to miss some work."

Canseco also said his arrest after allegedly slamming his Porsche into his wife's BMW was his "most humiliating experience."

Canseco was booked for investigation of aggravated battery after the run-in Thursday with his estranged wife, Esther. He says she won't press charges, but Florida officials say the charges have not been dropped.

"It was a very emotional scene and things got out of control," Canseco said. "We got too close and my car bumped hers. It was not intentional."

* RANGERS: Outfielder Ruben Sierra won a record $5 million in arbitration when an arbitrator chose his salary request over the club's offer of $3.8 million. The previous arbitration record was set Tuesday, when Mets pitcher David Cone was awarded $4.25 million.

Sierra, who has the highest single-season contract in baseball history, is eligible for free agency after 1992. Negotiations on a long-term deal ended Friday when Chuck Berry, one of Sierra's agents, withdrew a $27.5 million, five-year proposal.

"I think it will be his last year," Berry said when asked whether Sierra would remain with the Rangers.

* YANKEES: The commissioner's office and team officials denied reports that Daniel McCarthy was about to be pushed out as acting managing general partner.

The partners met yesterday, but officials denied a report by the Madison Square Garden Network that Barry Halper would replace McCarthy, who has yet to be confirmed by baseball owners.

The New York Times reported today that a person with knowledge of the meeting speculated that the team may be preparing to trade for a high-priced player, possibly Sierra or Pirates outfielder Barry Bonds.

* MARINERS: Commissioner Fay Vincent said he is optimistic the club will remain in Seattle, regardless of the outcome of a Japanese-led group's offer to buy the team.

"Our objective is to keep the Seattle team in Seattle," Vincent said after meeting with state of Washington politicians in the nation's capital.

* TIGERS: Joel Ferguson, a Lansing (Mich.) developer and owner of Lansing television station WLAJ, is heading a minority group to buy the club and keep it in the city, the Lansing State Journal reported.

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