Police investigate alleged threat against Mariners' McLemore

Thursday, September 27th 2001, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) _ Police are investigating a threat allegedly made to Seattle Mariners player Mark McLemore during Tuesday night's game at The Ballpark in Arlington.

The Seattle infielder played center field that night. He says several spectators in the center-field bleachers shouted that they'd ``blow up'' his home in the Fort Worth suburb of Southlake.

The former Texas Ranger second baseman said he was troubled that the spectators knew his address. He alerted umpires during the eighth inning of Seattle's 13-to-2 win over the Rangers, and two spectators were removed from the Ballpark.

Ballpark security alerted Arlington police, who filed a terrorist threat report.

No arrests were made.

``It's going to follow the normal investigative process,'' Arlington police Sgt. James Hawthorne told The Dallas Morning News. ``Whether there is an arrest made depends on whether we determine if an offense occurred.''

Seattle manager Lou Piniella removed McLemore from the game after the eighth inning. Major League Baseball security escorted him home and searched his property, but found nothing unusual.

``I don't take that stuff lightly,'' McLemore told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. ``I've played for 15 years, and I'm used to heckling. But that wasn't about baseball. That was about my family, and they're the most important thing to me.''

Southlake is 15 miles north of Arlington and 21 miles northwest of Dallas.