Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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Cincinnati Reds owner Marge Schott faces a suspension as long as two years unless she decides today to voluntarily give up day-to-day control of the team.

Baseball's ruling executive council is to speak by conference call today, a source said. The 10-man council, which runs baseball in place of a commissioner, met last Wednesday in Philadelphia and set a one-week deadline for a decision on Schott.

Schott, suspended for eight months in 1993, was given the option of voluntarily stepping aside. But as of Tuesday afternoon, there hadn't been significant progress during talks involving lawyers from the two sides, several sources said on the condition they not be identified.

The council has been focusing on a suspension of up to two years, one source said, but a decision will not be made until today's conference call.

Baseball sources say former Pittsburgh Pirates president Mark Sauer, who was once a Cardinals executive, will be brought to Cincinnati to run the everyday operation of the Reds.

BASEBALL

Padres Catcher Suspended, Fined

San Diego Padres catcher Brad Ausmus was suspended for one game and fined an undisclosed amount by the National League for arguing balls and strikes in Sunday's 6-0 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Ausmus charged and bumped umpire Mike Winters after being ejected in the eighth inning. He later threw equipment from the dugout after leaving the field.

The Kansas City Royals will hold a tryout camp Saturday at Belleville Area College for players ages 16 to 22, beginning at 9 a.m.

Cleveland Indians slugger Albert Belle, facing his fifth suspension in six years, is scheduled for a hearing Thursday on the appeal of his five-game penalty.

AL President Gene Budig, who will hear the appeal, suspended Belle and Julian Tavarez for five games each on June 3 for their roles in a May 31 brawl between the Indians and Milwaukee Brewers. …

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