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Ex-Red Sox Calderon killed

Former outfielder shot down in bar

Ivan Calderon, who wrapped up a 10-year major league career with the Red Sox in 1993, was shot to death last night at the El Trompo Bar in the town of Loiza, Puerto Rico, the San Juan Star reported in today's editions.

 

Policewoman Jeanette Nieves of the Loiza station said Calderon was shot by an unknown assailant around 6:50 p.m.

"We are currently investigating, so we still don't have any information regarding possible witnesses or how many shots were fired at Calderon," said Nieves.

People who were with him at the bar are still in shock.

It was reported some initially thought the explosions were caused by firecrackers. Then, when he fell to the floor, people realized a shooting had just taken place.

Calderon, 41, was an outfielder with four teams from 1984-1993. He began his career with the Seattle Mariners before being traded in 1986 to the Chicago White Sox. With the White Sox, he enjoyed his most productive season in 1987, when he hit .293 with 28 homers and 83 RBIs.

He was traded again in 1991, this time to the Montreal Expos and in 1993 signed with the Red Sox, before being sent back to the White Sox.

He played 924 games, with a career batting average of .272 with 104 home runs, 200 doubles and 444 RBIs.

After retiring from baseball, Calderon became involved in the cockfighting business, which is legal in Puerto Rico.

Steinbrenner is stricken

New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner fainted in Sarasota, Fla., at a memorial service for football great Otto Graham, but was alert by the time medics arrived, an emergency official said.

"Right now, he's fine," said Paul Dezzi of the Sarasota County Fire Department.

"He fainted. When we arrived, he was alert and oriented. He was very talkative in the ambulance," he said.

The 73-year-old Steinbrenner was taken to Sarasota Memorial Hospital, where he was listed in stable condition last night. He was given oxygen, an electrocardiogram and intravenous fluids in the ambulance, Dezzi said.

Based on the preliminary tests, "Everything showed up fine," Dezzi said.

Graham, a longtime friend of Steinbrenner, died Dec. 17. The Hall of Fame quarterback was 82.

Rangers sign Jordan

Outfielder Brian Jordan and the Texas Rangers agreed to a one-year contract that guarantees him $1,375,000. Jordan, a former All-Star who missed the second half of last season after knee surgery, became a free agent when the Los Angeles Dodgers didn't exercise a $10.5 million team option for 2004, and paid him a $2.5 million buyout.

General manager John Hart said the signing of Jordan, who is expected to play right field, is another indication that the proposed trade of MVP shortstop Alex Rodriguez to Boston is really dead. Jordan's deal calls for a $1.25 million salary next season, and the contract contains a $4 million mutual option for 2005 with a $125,000 buyout . . . The Rangers also are close to an agreement on a $725,000, one-year contract with outfielder David Dellucci, who played for Texas manager Buck Showalter in Arizona from 1998-2000 . . . Lefthander Valerio De Los Santos agreed to an $850,000, one-year contract with the Toronto Blue Jays.

Tito Stevens of the Globe staff contributed to this report.

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