Bordick made it by "trying harder than everyone else," says A's G.M. Sandy Alderson. Early in Bordick's first season as a major leaguer, in 1990, he got taken out hard at second base by Boston's Dwight Evans, who was trying to break up a double play. "The next inning he was in the same position on the double play, and he didn't back off," La Russa says. "That showed me a lot." Players recognize it. "He has one of the most outstanding gloves I've seen in a long time," says Yankees reliever John Wetteland. "When I was in the National League, I used to love to go to Cincinnati so I could watch Barry Larkin. I feel the same way about Bordick, and he's someone you never really hear about."
The Mariners are in big trouble. The Big Unit, lefthander Randy Johnson, the most indispensable pitcher in the league, will probably be out for a month with a bulging disk in his back....
Through Sunday 57 players had hit two home runs in a game; the major league record is 136, set in the juiced-ball year of 1987, according to David Vincent, coeditor of SABR's Home Run Encyclopedia. This is the first season in which three players have each hit two home runs in an inning. Pittsburgh's Jeff King did it on April 30. On May 16 Sammy Sosa became the first Cub to hit two in an inning, and on the next night Dave Nilsson became the first Brewer to do so. Never before had the feat been accomplished on consecutive days.
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