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Quinn has sympathy of Schuerholz, Cox

A few hours after the Cincinnati Reds issued a press release Thursday announcing that Bob Quinn would not be back as general manager next season, two of Quinn's principal competitors in the National League West sprang to his defense.

Atlanta general manager John Schuerholz characterized Reds owner Marge Schott's decision to fire Quinn as "tragic." Braves manager Bobby Cox said Quinn deserved to keep his job, based on his performance.

"He did the best job of anybody at the whole winter meetings last year," Cox said. "They needed three or four things, and he was able to get them. It was uncanny. Every time he did something, it ticked me off a little bit more."

When asked whether Quinn's firing surprised him, Cox said no.

"I understand that situation (in Cincinnati), so nothing that happens there surprises me," Cox said. "I think most owners are a little bit more humane than Mrs. Schott. That's brutal."

The Cincinnati Post reported that Jim Bowden, the Reds' director of player development, is the leading candidate to replace Quinn.

Around the majors

Phillies: Mayor Edward Rendell said Thursday that he remains interested in the idea of a downtown baseball stadium with a grass field and a view of the skyline, although it is only a long-range goal, considering the city's bad financial condition.

Phillies president Bill Giles has met with Rendell and officials of Amtrak, whose land adjacent to 30th Street Station is being considered as a site, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported Friday.

Mariners: Pitcher Roger Salkeld insisted Thursday that the reconstructive shoulder surgery he underwent Tuesday will not end his career, despite team physician Larry Pedegana's assessment that "he's certainly out a year and it's uncertain whether he'll play again at all." Salkeld, 21, was the Mariners' first-round pick in 1989.

Rockies: General manager Bob Gebhard said the team will name a manager between the end of the World Series and the Nov. 17 expansion draft.

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