Players Happiest To Be Released
Mitch Williams was cut by the Astros in May, and Jack Morris was axed by the Indians in August, but both pitchers were paid their entire season's salary—$2.5 million and $350,000 plus incentives, respectively. Had they stuck with their teams until the strike, they would have missed three paychecks like everyone else.
Managers Most Affected By the Strike
The Royals" Hal McRae, whose team (64-51) was four games behind the White Sox in the American League Central race when the players walked out, lost the chance to save his job with a run at Chicago in September and was fired last Thursday. On the other hand, the manager helped most by the strike was the Rangers' Kevin Kennedy, whose club had lost six straight leading up to the strike and was on the verge of coughing up its lead in the American League West. Had Texas (52-62) played on and blown its chance of winning that pathetic division, he probably would have been canned too. As it was, Ranger general manager Tom Grieve got the boot last Friday.
Player Who Benefited Most from a Short Season
Twin pitcher Jim Deshaies had a 7.39 ERA and was on pace to pitch at least 162 innings, the minimum needed to qualify for the ERA title. Les Sweetland, who had a 7.71 ERA in 1930, is the only pitcher ever to have a higher ERA over 162 innings or more.
Player with the Worst Negotiating Skills
Ranger pitcher and team player representative Kevin Brown was so obnoxious in meetings with the owners that he may have cost himself a bundle on the free-agent market. One American League executive said his team was interested in Brown—until the pitcher yelled at a couple of owners. Brown's value on the open market also wasn't helped by the fact that the opposition batted .314 against him this year.
Best Slogan of the Year
Major League Baseball: No Balls and a Strike.