Originally created 05/15/98

Stadium mugging spurs more security



CINCINNATI -- Cinergy Field's parking garage will have an extra security guard following the mugging of a reporter who was attacked before a Cincinnati Reds game this week.

The three-level garage had been patrolled by one guard in a golf cart.

Bill Zack, a reporter for Morris News Service who covers the Atlanta Braves, was mugged in the parking garage Tuesday afternoon.

He said two men punched him several times and stole his laptop computer and briefcase. He suffered a cut above his left eye and had his glasses broken.

"I will never, ever walk to that stadium again," Zack said Wednesday from his home in Big Canoe, Ga. "I'll take taxis, rent a car or something. It's outrageous that it's not safe to walk into the only entrance that the Reds provide the media."

Central Parking Systems, which is responsible for security where the mugging occurred, suggested adding a second security guard, said Suzanne Burck, Hamilton County's chief of administrative services.

The county owns the stadium and Central Parking operates the parking garage.

NAGY GETS EXTENSION:

Charles Nagy is guaranteed $24 million in his new four-year contract extension with the Cleveland Indians.

The 31-year-old right-hander is 3-2 with a 5.79 ERA in eight starts this season. He has allowed 67 hits in 51 1/3 innings, including a major league-high 16 homers.

JOHNS CLEARED:

Baltimore Orioles pitcher Doug Johns, on the disabled list while undergoing treatment for insomnia, has been cleared to begin throwing again, manager Ray Miller said Thursday.

"I'm better," said Johns, placed on the disabled list May 8. "I've been getting more sleep the last three or four days. I'm still not all the way back to perfect, but it's better."

That's welcome news for Miller, who likes the fact that Johns can fill many roles -- starter, long reliever, setup man.