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Wells: Keep Yankees in Bronx

October 16, 1998

NEW YORK (AP) _ George Steinbrenner may dream of a new ballpark. His star pitcher may be his staunchest opponent.

``History has been made here from the beginning and to move it, you are going to (anger) a lot of the baseball gods,″ David Wells said Friday. ``I don’t want to be any part of that. I will do everything in my power to tell them I am not a part of this.″

Wells, the New York Yankees’ starter in Saturday night’s World Series opener against San Diego and the MVP of the AL championship series, made history at Yankee Stadium on May 17 when he pitched a perfect game against Minnesota.

``Unless they did move it and took this stadium without damaging anything, which is virtually impossible, then I don’t know,″ Wells said. ``I mean, to me, I think it should stay here. But a lot of people would think otherwise.″

Steinbrenner is thought to prefer a new ballpark on Manhattan’s West Side, close to Madison Square Garden, and also is thought to be considering sites in New Jersey. The team’s lease runs through the 2002 season.

``I look around and I wonder the same thing that people do in San Diego _ why do they need a new ballpark?″ said San Diego star Tony Gwynn, playing at Yankee Stadium for the first time. ``It looks fine. It probably plays fine. But when you play in place for a long time, maybe you do need changes.″

Padres infielder Archi Cianfrocco, who isn’t on the active roster, used a camcorder to record his teammates arrival in the San Diego clubhouse. He then took the camera out on the field and panned the stands.

``I’m going out to the monuments,″ he said. ``Do I need a press pass?″

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