Tiger Stadium fix-up rejected


Wayne County, Mich., officials have rejected all plans for renovating Tiger Stadium and plan to build a $120 million ballpark financed jointly by the county and the Detroit Tigers.

County Executive Ed McNamara unveiled the plans at a news conference yesterday, saying the decision to build a new stadium was made after a Detroit city architect determined that two plans to renovate the existing 79-year-old ballpark were impractical. Land acquisition and related expenses could bring the total cost of a new Tiger Stadium to $200 million.

Detroit Mayor Coleman Young, who had insisted on city control of the stadium, apparently is ready to cooperate with McNamara. State Sen. John Kelly, who favors renovation, is leading the effort to block public funding of a new stadium. But the state senate effectively killed Kelly's legislation yesterday by sending it back to committee.

* YANKEES: Pitcher Steve Howe, suspended six times for drug and alcohol abuse, issued a warning to opponents who taunt him about his past. The New York Post reported that Howe, reacting to heckling by several Blue Jays on Monday, said he would retaliate with his fists and possibly his fastball.

"Let me say this, nothing happens until I throw the ball, and I throw the ball 95 mph with accuracy," Howe said. Anyone making a remark, he said, "had better not be in the ballgame."

"I don't expect ballplayers who are true professionals to do any of that. I expect it from a punk or from someone who has a drug or alcohol problem. Yes, I expect it, and then again I don't expect it."

In Monday's game, Howe motioned to the taunters in the Toronto dugout to come out and fight.

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