Bay to succeed Indians' Peters


University of Minnesota athletic director Rick Bay was named yesterday to succeed the retiring Hank Peters as president of the Cleveland Indians.

Bay, 48, will become executive vice president of the Indians on Oct. 1, then will become president when Peters, 67, retires Jan. 1.

John Hart, 42, director of baseball operations for the Indians, will become general manager and vice president of baseball operations, Peters said at a news conference.

* PADRES: Right fielder Tony Gwynn, who was chasing his fifth NL batting title, underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee and likely will be lost for the rest of the season, team doctor Jan Fronek said.

* MARINERS: A report by aides to Seattle Mayor Norm Rice suggests public ownership of the team if mounting losses force dTC owner Jeff Smulyan to give up the franchise and no local private buyers are found.

The city, King County and possibly the state could become majority owners of the team along with private interests, with Smulyan keeping a minority stake and continuing to manage the franchise, the report says.

* The Dodgers won a coin toss to determine the site of a National League West tie-breaker game, should one be necessary with the Braves. If the division is tied at the end of the regular season on Oct. 6, a playoff game would be held the next day at Dodger Stadium.

* Jack Buck, the Cardinals' play-by-play radio announcer, remained hospitalized in fair but stable condition in Philadelphia after complaining of weakness and lower-back pain. Physicians said he had some internal bleeding, possibly caused by aspirin he had taken for the lower-back pain.

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