Public and private pressure to end his unique role as the president of two major-league baseball teams apparently hastened Carl Barger's decision to step down as the Pittsburgh Pirates' president.
Barger, named as the expansion Florida Marlins' president, hoped to remain with the Pirates through the end of the season. He later privately moved up the target date for his departure to Sept. 1.
But when some baseball executives, and NL president Bill White, questioned how Barger could act on behalf of one team while employed by another, he decided to leave the division-leading Pirates Aug. 2.
Barger hopes to wrap up two unfinished projects -- reportedly a contract for potential free-agent Bobby Bonilla and the renegotiation of the Pirates' lease at Three Rivers Stadium before he leaves office.
* TIGERS: Detroit Mayor Coleman Young and Wayne County Executive Ed McNamara announced a deal that would replace Tiger Stadium and keep the Tigers within the limits of Detroit.
* REDS: There won't be a ruling on the Rob Dibble case until next week because National League president Bill White hasn't had time to review a videotape of the controversial ball-throwing incident.
Dibble, who has been suspended twice this season, was ejected from a game for throwing a ball at Chicago Cubs base runner Doug Dascenzo on Tuesday night.
* ASTROS: The sale of the team will not become a bidding war between local and outside interests unless potential owners agree to keep the team in Houston, commissioner Fay Vincent said in a letter obtained by a Houston radio station.