The Major League Baseball Players Association and the Orioles have agreed to postpone any grievance proceeding related to last month's fining of second baseman Roberto Alomar by manager Davey Johnson until after the season.
The arrangement with the union comes as a relief to an organization factionalized by the matter ever since it transpired five weeks ago. According to a source close to negotiations, Orioles majority owner Peter Angelos has assured players association executives that the matter may be handled internally before any grievance would be necessitated. The source added that the $10,500 fine levied against Alomar for missing a July 10 exhibition against the Rochester Red Wings and an April team function "technically" remains in place, though it cannot be enforced until after the grievance proceeding plays out.
Angelos offered no comment.
The club notified Alomar and his agent of the fine in a letter dated July 11. The matter was then turned over to the union, which has since had several conversations with club officials, including Angelos.
Under the Basic Agreement, a grievance should be filed within 45 days of the fine's announcement but a waiver of the rule was mutually agreed upon.
Gillick on trade
General manager Pat Gillick said there's a "50-50 chance" the Orioles will make a trade before Aug. 31, either for pitching help or another hitter. He also said the club will bring up no more than five players when rosters expand the next day.
"Probably four or five," he said.
Gillick also didn't rule out the possibility of the Orioles signing designated hitter Eddie Murray, who was released yesterday by the Anaheim Angels. "We might be [interested]," he said.
"I love Eddie," said manager Davey Johnson. "He did us a heck of a service last year. He did a great job coming over here. But right now, with [Harold] Baines and [Geronimo] Berroa maybe he could be a player-coach or something."
Cloude comes home
Seattle rookie Ken Cloude, the McDonogh graduate who threw five perfect innings in his major-league debut Saturday against the Chicago White Sox after being called up from Double-A, said he can't even begin to estimate how many family members and friends will attend tonight's game at Camden Yards, when he starts opposite Jimmy Key.
"I'm just going to say quite a few," said Cloude, whose parents live in Dundalk. "I don't even want to count all the people who have been calling. There are so many people I've run across over the time I've spent here, from McDonogh and playing baseball with the Yankee Rebels and family from all over the place. I expect some pretty good support."
Cloude spent Wednesday evening at home, having dinner with his family and "just hanging out, spending some quality time," he said. "I also went out with a couple friends for a little while."
He planned to retreat to the privacy of his hotel room after last night's postponement. "I'll get some rest, take the phone off the hook and relax," he said.
The Sports Boosters of Maryland have established the Rex Barney Humanitarian Award to honor the memory of longtime Orioles public address announcer Rex Barney, who died Monday.
This award, which will be presented annually, will be given to the sports personality who contributes the most to the Baltimore community and best exemplifies the ideals by which Barney lived. Along with the award, a contribution will be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Association.
Around the horn
The 1997 Pennant Race, a 5K run whose host is Orioles strength and conditioning coach Tim Bishop, will be held tomorrow at 8 a.m. The fourth annual event will benefit Baltimore City Special Olympics. Race-day registration fee is $20. A post-race party and awards will take place in front of Camden Yards.
Pub Date: 8/15/97