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Leo Durocher and Al Barlick may be very happy. Phil Rizzuto figures to be upset again.

The Hall of Fame veterans committee meets Tuesday in Tampa, Fla. Durocher and Barlick are the top candidates for consideration by the panel, which picks those passed over by the baseball writers.

There seems to be increased support for the 84-year-old Durocher, former manager of the Dodgers, Giants, Cubs and Astros, because he is in ill health. He managed three pennant winners and led the New York Giants to a 1954 World Series sweep over Cleveland.

Other names being mentioned are Yankees second baseman Joe Gordon (.268 average, 253 homers, 975 runs batted in) and Dodgers first baseman Gil Hodges (.273 average, 370 homers, 1,274 RBI).

Rizzuto, the American League's Most Valuable Player in 1950, has been snubbed by the veterans committee for several years.

Barlick, a longtime National League umpire, was best known for his loud calls on balls and strikes.

Camp News

Rickey Henderson, eligible for free agency after this season, said Monday he prefers to remain with the New York Yankees and is eager to begin negotiations on a new contract.

Henderson expressed hope that a contract could be worked out before the team's April 4 opener in Minnesota or by the All-Star break at the latest. He is in the final season of a five-year, $8.6-million contract and will earn $1.95 million this season.

Henderson plans to become a free agent if the Yankees do not sign him by the end of the season and said the club's chances of retaining him would then decrease.

He also took the opportunity to criticize some unidentified teammates for abusing alcohol last season. "You see them drunk on the plane," Henderson said. "How can you perform the next day? Liquor does not leave you overnight."

"You got to know when to party and not to party," Henderson continued.

Shortstop Rey Quinones, one of seven unsigned Seattle players, missed his sixth day of workouts at the Mariners' spring training camp.

Play Ball!

Rookie outfielder Chris Gwynn hit two home runs to lead a squad managed by Los Angeles Dodgers coach Joe Ferguson to a 7-0 victory over a team managed by coach Joe Amalfitano in the club's first intra-squad game of the spring.

Buddy Bell hit a three-run homer in his first at-bat since returning to Texas, helping the Toby Harrah team to a 7-3 victory over the Davey Lopes team in the Rangers' first intra-squad game.

Rick Schu drove in two runs in the 10th inning with his third hit as the grey team team beat the orange team 4-2 in Baltimore's first intrasquad game.

Medical Report

- New York Mets left fielder Kevin McReynolds missed practice with a bruised left foot and his status is listed as day-to-day.

- St. Louis shortstop Ozzie Smith took infield practice, but skipped his turn in the batting cage because of an elbow injury that appeared to be minor.


- The Mets announced that infielder Dave Magadan has signed a one-year contract. Five Mets - David Cone, Mark Carreon, Jack Savage, Dave West and Kevin Elster - remain uinsigned.