From news services The ball Barry Bonds hit for his record-breaking 756th home run will be branded with an asterisk and sent to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Fashion designer Marc Ecko, who bought the ball in an online auction, set up a Web site for fans to vote on the ball’s fate, and Wednesday announced the decision to brand it won out over the other options – sending it to Cooperstown unblemished or launching it into space. Ecko said he believed the vote to brand the ball showed people thought “this was shrouded in a chapter of baseball history that wasn’t necessarily the clearest it could be.” Ecko, whom Bonds called “an idiot” last week, had the winning bid Sept. 15 in the online auction for the ball that Bonds hit Aug. 7 to break Hank Aaron’s record of 755 home runs. The final selling price was $752,467, well above most predictions that assumed Bonds’ status as a lightning rod for the steroids debate in baseball would depress the value. The asterisk suggests Bonds’ record is tainted by alleged steroid use. The slugger has denied knowingly using performance-enhancing drugs. Fans brought signs with asterisks on them to ballparks as he neared Aaron’s hallowed mark. Bonds publicist Rachael Vizcarra did not immediately respond to an e-mail sent early Wednesday seeking comment about the ball’s fate. Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland was not a fan of the decision. “I disagree with that totally, because I don’t think there should be an asterisk on it,” said Leyland, Bonds’ first skipper with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Leyland later agreed with a columnist, who said he thought the Hall of Fame was disrespecting Bonds for accepting the ball with the asterisk on it. Hall of Fame president Dale Petroskey said accepting the ball did not mean the Hall in Cooperstown, N.Y., endorses the viewpoint that Barry Bonds used drugs. “This ball wouldn’t be coming to Cooperstown if Marc hadn’t bought it from the fan who caught it and then let the fans have their say,” Petroskey told The Associated Press. “We’re delighted to have the ball. It’s a historic piece of baseball history.” Hall of Fame officials and Ecko are discussing how to affix the asterisk on the ball. It’s not yet known when the ball will go on display. Bonds played his final home game in a San Francisco uniform Wednesday night. Leyland wants to stay put Leyland is scheduled to meet with Detroit Tigers president Dave Dombrowski the day after the regular season ends, and the manager wants to have his contract extended. “I hope that when I leave Monday, I will be the manager of the Tigers through 2009,” Leyland said before the home finale against Minnesota. Dombrowski doesn’t expect it to be a problem to agree on a win-win deal. “I hope to have Jim Leyland as our manager for many, many years,” Dombrowski said. Around the leagues Pirates: Second baseman Freddy Sanchez, last year’s NL batting champion, will sit out the final five games of the season because of a shoulder injury that will require arthroscopic surgery Friday. The procedure will essentially repair a separated shoulder and is not expected to set back his offseason conditioning program. The shoulder is expected to be normal within six to eight weeks. Reds: Infielder Jerry Gil was activated off the 60-day disabled list and outfielder Ryan Freel was placed on the 60-day disabled list. Yankees Right-hander Roger Clemens will remain in Florida to continue his rehab program for a strained left hamstring while New York closes out the regular season this weekend at Baltimore. … Manager Joe Torre and owner George Steinbrenner discussed a variety of topics over lunch, but Torre’s future was not one of them. In the final year of his contract, Torre spent about an hour at the Yankees’ spring training facility near Tampa with Steinbrenner, General Manager Brian Cashman, Steinbrenner’s sons Hal and Hank, and team senior vice president Felix Lopez. Mets: Utility player Marlon Anderson attended a hearing for the appeal of his two-game suspension and was incensed after reading umpire Dan Iassogna’s account of their recent argument. “I thought it went good,” Anderson said about the hearing. “I addressed the lies that he said in his report.” Anderson was ejected by Iassogna for arguing a called third strike in the ninth inning of a Sept.15 game against the Phillies. After a heated argument, Anderson threw his batting helmet toward the plate when he reached the dugout. He also drew a fine for the outburst. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!