Marlins Continue Fire Sale, Deal Cook

Posted: December 19, 1997

Dennis Cook, like many others who helped the Florida Marlins win the World Series, won't be getting his ring in Miami.

``They're liable to spend as much on the UPS delivery as they would if they wound up keeping everybody,'' Cook joked after Florida traded him to the New York Mets yesterday for a pair of minor-leaguers.

Cook, a former Phillie, was 1-2 with a 3.90 ERA in 59 relief appearances for the Marlins last season, striking out 63 in 62 1/3 innings. In the postseason, he went 2-0 with 10 strikeouts in nine shutout innings, holding batters to a .037 average.

Florida got outfielder Fletcher Bates and lefthander Scott Comer.

The budget-cutting Marlins previously disposed of ace pitcher Kevin Brown, closer Robb Nen, outfielders Moises Alou and Devon White, and first baseman Jeff Conine.

* A grievance hearing will be held in New York today in an effort by the Players Association to get Andy Benes' $30 million, five-year contract with St. Louis reinstated.

Baseball officials said the contract terms were agreed to after the Dec. 7 midnight deadline for teams to negotiate with their former players who became free agents.

* Elsewhere: George Hendrick, who spent the last two seasons as the St. Louis Cardinals hitting coach, was hired by the Anaheim Angels as the team's first-base coach. . . . Scott Karl, who tied a Brewers record with eight consecutive victories last summer, agreed to a three-year contract with Milwaukee. . . . The Boston Red Sox sent righthander Tony Armas, 19, to the Montreal Expos as the player to be named later in the trade that brought Cy Young winner Pedro Martinez to the Red Sox.

BASKETBALL The NCAA has concurred with an outside investigation into the University of Michigan's basketball program that uncovered three secondary recruiting violations involving a booster, the university said.

Coach Steve Fisher was fired after the report by a Kansas law firm uncovered the violations prior to the current season.

* While visiting a children's hospital in Deerfield, Ill., Chicago Bulls forward Scottie Pippin told several young patients that he will be back with the team when his injured foot has healed. But when asked by members of the news media if he had backed off on trade demands, Pippin answered, ``Don't pin me down.''

Elsewhere: Charles Barkley was formally charged with throwing a man through a plate-glass window at a popular downtown bar in Orlando, Fla. The former 76er, now a Houston Rockets star, was charged with battery, disorderly conduct, criminal mischief and resisting an officer without violence for the Oct. 26 fight. . . . Indiana University's starting center, Jason Collier, left the basketball team and will transfer to another school. . . . University of Kansas forward T.J. Pugh will be out about three weeks with a stress fracture in his right foot. . . . Connecticut sophomore forward Sam Funches has left the team, coach Jim Calhoun said.

NOTEWORTHY Penn freshman Helen Bamber won the Philadelphia district junior (under 19) squash championships at the university's new international-size courts, defeating fellow Quakers freshman Lauren Patrizio, 3-0. Bamber had defeated Lindsay Wilkens of Agnes Irwin School, 3-0, in the semifinals, while Patrizio was beating Penn fresman Rina Borromeo, 3-1.

In the under-16 group, Devon Dalzell of Mainland High in Linwood, N.J., defeated Lauren McCreary of Wilmington Friends, 3-0. In the semifinals, Dalzell defeated Tricia Gadsden, 3-0, while McCreary defeated Stephanie Hendricks of the Shipley School, 3-1.

* Penn State swept Florida, 15-11, 15-12, 15-13, in the semifinals of the NCAA women's volleyball tournament in Spokane, Wash. The Lions (34-1) will meet the winner of last night's Stanford-Long Beach State game in tomorrow's finals.

* The Jersey Devils have scheduled a news conference at noon today with the mayor of Hoboken, N.J., amid reports the team was planning to move from the Meadowlands to a new arena in Hoboken.

Elsewhere: Detroit center Kris Draper, 26, will undergo surgery to repair a dislocated left thumb, keeping him out five to six weeks.

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