... 7/8 TC Warren Cromartie, 38, who returned for a final big-league year with the Kansas City Royals after seven seasons in Japan, retired yesterday.
Cromartie, who leaves after eight seasons in the major leagues, said he decided to retire after weighing the amount of playing time he would get in the final weeks with a desire to spend time with his family.
Smokey Burgess, who set a major-league record for pinch hits during his 17-year career in the 1950s and 1960s, died yesterday at 64 in Asheville, N.C.
Burgess had 145 career pinch hits, a record until surpassed by Manny Mota in 1979. Mota finished with 150 pinch hits, and Burgess' total is still second. He played for four National League teams before closing his career with the White Sox and finished with a .295 batting average, 126 home runs and 673 RBI. He was a five-time All-Star.
INDIANS: Rick Bay, the men's athletic director at the University of Minnesota, said he tentatively has accepted an offer to become president and chief executive officer of the Indians.
Bay, the former athletic director at Ohio State, would replace Hank Peters, who is retiring at the end of the year. John Hart, Cleveland's director of baseball operations, is expected to succeed Peters as the top baseball person with the team.