Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Morning Briefing Eye Openers

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Morning Briefing Eye Openers

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Hey, BOB FELLER! TONY LA RUSSA respectfully disagrees.

Feller is among the baseball establishment types pooh-poohing MICHAEL JORDAN's chances of successfully switching to baseball. Couldn't hit a curve with an ironing board, Feller says.

Well, La Russa loathes anything or anyone that makes a mockery of baseball, but, reports LARRY STONE of the San Francisco Examiner, the notion of Jordan playing baseball thrills the Athletics manager.

"It's unprofessional and immature to begrudge him the opportunity to be in camp," La Russa said. "I'm just ticked off I have to watch him on television. I wish we were in Florida so we could see him practice in person."

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More Diplomatic: Baseball's old-timers aren't all firing shots. JOE DiMAGGIO, 79, was called upon to speak recently at the dedication of the TED WILLIAMS Retrospective Museum and Library in Florida.

"There were great hitters that I did not see," DiMaggio told more than 3,000 relatives, friends and admirers of Williams, 75. ". . . But from 1936 to the present day, I can truthfully say I've never seen a better hitter than Ted Williams."

Of course, DiMaggio hasn't seen Jordan in the batting cage yet.

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DAVID PALMER, Alabama's all-purpose threat, says he's willing to line up in a lot of NFL spots . . . just not behind center.

`I'll leave that up to the quarterbacks," said Palmer, a 5-foot-9 receiver. He is one of 29 juniors eligible for the April 24-25 draft.

"I just want to catch it and run some reverses. Going into the draft, returning punts and kicks will be my biggest assets, and I think it will help me make it in the league if I can run reverses and catch passes too," said Palmer, who is among more than 300 of the nation's top players attending the annual NFL scouting combine at the Indianapolis Hoosier Dome.

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With the usual apologies to intellectual property rights holder DAVID LETTERMAN, The Baltimore Sun's PETER SCHMUCK (yes, that's his real name) offers some of the reasons that the Major League Baseball Players Association will reject ownership's salary-cap proposal:

Wants assurances that National Basketball Association-style salary structure won't lead to All-Star workout dunk-a-thon. …

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