Gonzalez Fractures Forearm

Shortstop Alex Gonzalez is recovering from a hairline fracture of his left forearm, which occurred while playing winter ball in Venezuela. Gonzalez returned to the United States and had a cast removed December 6 by Dr. George Caldwell. He will wear a removable splint over the next two weeks while undergoing daily exercises to strengthen his arm and forearm.

Medina Claimed by Braves

Rafael Medina was claimed off waivers by the Atlanta Braves. Medina was originally acquired with Derrek Lee in the Kevin Brown trade. He was a starter in the 1998 season before several injuries. Last season, he was frequently called up and sent back down to AAA.

Media Departments Restructured

John Henry continues to restructure the front office, promoting Colangelo to Vice President of Communications and Broadcasting and naming Eric M. Carrington Director of Media Relations.

Billingsley Claimed by Expos

Brent Billingsley was claimed off waivers by the Montreal Expos. The Marlins purchased the contracts of pitchers Scott Comer, Gary Knotts, and Brad Penny and Claudio Vargas, and infielder Pablo Ozuna. That fills up the team’s 40-man roster.

Orie Traded to Dodgers

Kevin Orie was traded to the Dodgers for a player to be named later. Mike Lowell emerged as the starting third baseman after a sucessful recover from cancer. That made Orie expendable and the Dodgers, fearing a free agency loss of Adrian Beltre, needed a third baseman.

Wilson 2nd in Rookie Vote

Preston Wilson did not win the Rookie of the Year award, finishing a distant second to Cincinnati’s Scott Williamson. Preston got nine first-place votes, 11 seconds and 10 third for 88 points despite posting statistics better than many of the Rookies of the Year this decade. Wilson was named Rookie of the Year by the Major League Players and the Sporting News. Alex Gonzalez finished 5th.

Fernandez and Wilson Honored

Alex Fernandez wins the Players Choice Award as Comeback Player of the Year. Preston Wilson is named Rookie of the Year by his peers. The Major League awards will be announced next week.

90% of Ballpark Revenues To Go to Community

In an unprecedented move, Marlins owner John Henry has offered to return 90% of profits from the new stadium back to the community. Once again showing that he owns the team for non-business reasons, Henry suggested today that the revenue from the stadium will first go to pay expenses, then payroll (which will increase to $50-$60 million). The remainder would then be split 10% to the team (for expenses and future use) and 90% invested in the community. This is the first time a team has offered to share all of the revenues with the public.

New Ballpark to be built in Downtown

Downtown Fort Lauderdale or Miami will be the next home of the Florida Marlins. The team has narrowed the selection process down to land across from city hall or land on the New River in Fort Lauderdale and Bicentennial Park in Miami.