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March 5, 1993

MEXICO CITY (AP) _ Pedro Guerrero is going to give the Mexican Baseball League a shot.

The 36-year-old Dominican played 11 years with the Los Angeles Dodgers and five with the St. Louis Cardinals as a third baseman, first baseman and outfielder.

Published reports in Mexico on Friday said Guerrero signed with the Jalisco Charros. Fernando Valezuela pitched for the Charros last year in his bid to get back to the majors.

The Mexican league is rated an AAA minor league by organized baseball.

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DETROIT (AP) - The Detroit Tigers fired John Bell as the public address announcer after 12 years.

Bell said Thursday club officials told him this week they wanted to work more closely with WJR, the Tigers’ broadcast flagship station. Bell also is the former public address announcer for the Detroit Red Wings of the NHL.

″No criticism of John,″ said Jerry Pasternak, Tigers chief financial officer. ″We’re just trying to solidify our partnership with our flagship station.″

The Tigers said Bell would be replaced as the stadium announcer by longtime WJR announcer Jimmy Barrett.

″I wasn’t my livelihood,″ said Bell, a representative of a sporting goods company. ″But it was something I really enjoyed. I’m sorry I won’t be doing it anymore.″

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A woman who made the cut for job as San Francisco Giants public address announcer says she’s ready for Wednesday’s final where she could make baseball history.

″There’s never been a woman announcer in major-league baseball,″ said Sherry Davis, a legal secretary from Walnut Creek. ″And there’s no reason there shouldn’t be one.″

Davis was one of eight women among the almost 500 competitors who showed up earlier this week at Candlestick Park to audition for the job.

The judges picked 10 finalists. Davis’ competition includes five former or current announcers, a former minor-league player, a high school coach, a soon- to-be unemployed salesman and a sports reporter.

Davis, a Giants season-ticket holder, has never worked in broadcasting or announcing, but she does have a degree in drama.

″I’m doing this mainly because women should be more prominent in the sports world,″ she said. ″With the new ownership of the Giants, now is the perfect time to make the change and make history.″

The public address announcer’s responsibilities include announcing the national anthem and starting lineups and introducing the players as they approach the plate.

She won’t do anything special for Wednesday’s final.

″Being the only woman is pretty unique, and I feel good about my chances,″ she said.

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ATLANTA (AP) - Amid reports that he has discussed the South Carolina basketball coaching vacancy with Gamecocks supporters, Bobby Cremins said he ″would hope to be at Georgia Tech for the rest of my life.″

South Carolina has not made an official request to begin negotiations with Cremins, but The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Friday that he has received two contract queries.

″Right now, my mind and whole heart are at Georgia Tech,″ Cremins told the newspaper. If he did pursue another position, it would be done ″in total privacy,″ he said.

South Carolina athletic director Mike McGee would not say if he is interested in hiring Cremins to replace Steve Newton. McGee did say ″there is strong alumni and fan support for Coach Cremins.″

Cremins played at South Carolina under Frank McGuire from 1967-70 and was an assistant coach there before becoming head coach at Appalachian State.

Newton has resigned, effective at the end of the season.

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