The Day after Father's Day
During a 7-2 loss to the Oakland Athletics on June 22, Mariners utilityman Dave Cochrane tied a team record for most assists in a game by an outfielder (two), but he also set a club record for most errors in a game by an outfielder (three). "Longest day of my life," Cochrane says. "I called my wife after the game. I said, 'Hi, honey.' She said, 'Hi, klutz, how are you?' Then my 3�-year-old son—my wife must have put him up to it—got on the phone and said, 'Dad, try to catch the ball tomorrow, you geek.' My family has a real sense of humor."
Stealing a Strike
Expo catcher Darren Fletcher was behind the plate on June 23 when a paper airplane sailed from the stands at Olympic Stadium and landed right in his mitt. Home plate umpire Paul Runge called it a strike. "I think it was a changeup; it just floated in," said Fletcher. "I framed it pretty good for [Runge]."
The play of the week goes to Twins catcher Brian Harper. Last Friday, Oakland's Mike Bordick hit a one-hopper off the foot of Minnesota pitcher Willie Banks, and the ball ricocheted into foul territory toward the first base dugout. Harper, who was running to back up first, dived for the ball, caught it barehanded and threw out Bordick. Twins first baseman Kent Hrbek called it the greatest play he had ever seen.
By the Numbers
?As of last Thursday, California pitcher Bert Blyleven had allowed 418 homers, most among active pitchers, and Dave Winfield had hit 418 homers, most among active hitters. "I'll finish with more," said Blyleven. Last Friday, Winfield hit No. 419. On Sunday, Blyleven moved past him by giving up homers Nos. 419 and 420.
?Through Sunday, Rangers pitcher Kevin Brown had surrendered only one homer in 122?, innings this year.