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Hawaii under consideration as majors' winter-league home

Hawaii may become the site of a winter professional baseball league. Talks are taking place with some major-league clubs to open a winter league here by 1992.

The league would mark the return of professional baseball to Hawaii. The Hawaii Islanders of the Pacific Coast League played 27 years in Honolulu before moving to Colorado Springs, Colo., in 1987.

The league would consist of a team's top minor-league prospects, major-leaguers who were injured the previous season and want to play their way into shape, players from Japan, and some household major-league names.

The force behind the Hawaiian Winter League is Bill Pereira, owner of the Boise (Idaho) Hawks of the Class A Northwest League.

Pereira says major-league clubs are worried about poor facilities and the unstable political environment in Central America and the Caribbean, where teams currently send their players in the winter.

Pereira says the Hawaiian league wouldn't have those problems, and would be a perfect complement to the Caribbean Baseball Federation, which operates leagues in Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Venezuela and Mexico.

Pereira sees the league starting with four teams and playing a 72-game schedule. The league would own all the teams, each being a mix of American and Japanese players.

Davis thanks Reds fans in Sunday newspaper ad

CINCINNATI _ Cincinnati Reds outfielder Eric Davis took out a newspaper advertisement Sunday thanking fans for their support during his recuperation from a kidney injury.

"Your great support uplifted my spirits, boosted my determination to get well and helped me get through a difficult time," the ad in the Cincinnati Enquirer read. "It also helped me feel that I have been accepted here and that Cincinnati is now my home.

"So many of the cards, letters and pictures that were sent to me said, "Come home soon.' It's hard to express what all of this means to me because your response has been so overwhelming."

He hasn't been overwhelmed by the response of club owner Marge Schott.

Davis, who suffered a lacerated and severely bruised kidney when he tried to make a diving catch during Game 4 of the World Series, complained that Schott hadn't returned his telephone calls about arranging for his transportation home. Davis said he had to pay nearly $15,000 to charter a jet because he had to remain on his back during the trip.