Sept. 16. Allowed to remain home.
Sept. 17. Failed to report for game in Pittsburgh.
Sept. 18. Failed to report again and was suspended for remainder of season.
"It isn't funny," Mitchell said about his history of injuries. "I don't appreciate it at all. Believe me, I want to be the hero, in there every day hitting homers and being the guy."
Kevin Mitchell was astonished one day in Cincinnati to learn that reserve infielder Lenny Harris would be batting fifth, behind him. "They don 7 want me to hit," Mitchell said of the Reds. "They might as well put Daffy Duck behind me. If Stevie Wonder was in our clubhouse, they'd bat him behind me."
Kevin Mitchell can flat hit. He once hit a ball so hard it dented the bat and left behind an imprint of the stitches. He has been known to take his first swing of the day in the first inning—no stretching, no batting practice, no scouting reports—and hit a pea with it.
"I miss one day," Morris says, "and feel like I don't have my timing or rhythm. He misses a bunch of days and loses nothing. It's amazing to see a guy do that."
Mitchell takes such a studious approach to hitting that he wants to be a batting coach someday. He writes nothing down, however. "Got it all up here," he says, tapping the side of his head.
Before a '94 game at Wrigley Field he found a scouting report on Chicago Cubs pitcher Mike Morgan waiting for him at his locker. He picked it up and tossed it away. "Get this out of here." he said. "I know how Morgan pitches me." His first time up he drilled a 3-and-1 slider to the back row of the bleachers for a three-run dinger.
"The only question," Morgan said, "was whether it was going to go into Lake Michigan."