Hot Feet I. Pirates rookie righthander Francisco Cordova throws in the low 90's, but according to Pittsburgh bench coach Rich Donnelly, he throws even harder with his shoes off. "We're going to paint white laces and the Nike logo on his feet; then he'll throw barefoot and no one will ever know," Donnelly said with a laugh. "He turned down 12 shoe contracts; he didn't need them. He's the Barefoot Contessa." Shod, Cordova worked three scoreless innings in relief last week.
Hot Feet II. On April 2, in the 1,097th game of his major league career, the Tigers 250-pound first baseman, Cecil Fielder, stole his first base, reinstalling former catcher Russ Nixon as the player with the longest career (906 games) without a steal. "I could hear him coming," second base umpire Tim Tschida said of Fielder's feat. "I was dumbfounded. I didn't know how to act." The new active leader in games played without a stolen base is Expos catcher Darrin Fletcher, who has played 487 games without a steal through Sunday.