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Stephen Cannella
April 19, 1999
The player most often mentioned in trade rumors surrounding A's lefthander Kenny Rogers has been Richie Sexson, the Indians' 24-year-old DH, but several general managers are more impressed with Cleveland's Triple A third baseman Russell Branyan, of Buffalo. A lefthanded slugger who in 1996 led the Class A South Atlantic League with 40 home runs and 106 RBIs, Branyan, 23, missed much of last year with a wrist injury but is healthy again. "Branyan can be a great major league hitter," says one American League general manager. "I'm not sure Sexson will be."...
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April 19, 1999

The Hot Corner

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The player most often mentioned in trade rumors surrounding A's lefthander Kenny Rogers has been Richie Sexson, the Indians' 24-year-old DH, but several general managers are more impressed with Cleveland's Triple A third baseman Russell Branyan, of Buffalo. A lefthanded slugger who in 1996 led the Class A South Atlantic League with 40 home runs and 106 RBIs, Branyan, 23, missed much of last year with a wrist injury but is healthy again. "Branyan can be a great major league hitter," says one American League general manager. "I'm not sure Sexson will be."...

The Giants' Barry Bonds caught Hank Aaron on Opening Day—with his 290th intentional walk, the National League record. Bonds, who had 291 intentionals through Sunday, will soon have the major league record, also held by Aaron, who had four free passes in the American League....

Reds general manager Jim Bowden is impressed with the work ethic of Carlos Baerga, whose excess weight and lackadaisical play gave the Cardinals reason to release him last month. Bowden picked up the 30-year-old second baseman on March 23 and sent him to Triple A Indianapolis, where Baerga has shed nine pounds and shown he's willing to make a maximum effort. "He's hungry again," says Bowden....

There's already trouble in Detroit, as a result of new manager Larry Parrish's decision to keep rookie outfielder Gabe Kapler. The Tigers now have Kapler, Karim Garcia, Bobby Higginson, Brian Hunter and Gregg Jefferies—all of whom expect to play every day—sharing two outfield spots and the DH. "If I'm not playing," says Hunter, a two-year regular who rode the bench for the season's second game, "something's wrong."...

The acquisition of lefty reliever Randy Myers last August continues to haunt Padres general manager Kevin Towers. In addition to carrying a $6 million-a-year salary, the 36-year-old lefty Myers made virtually no contribution to the San Diego stretch run and postseason effort in 1998. Now he's on the DL with a strained left rotator cuff. Finally, Towers allowed an insurance policy on Myers, which would have paid off the final year of Myers's contract in case of career-ending injury, to expire because he had expected to trade Myers by now....

To stir things up at Tropicana Field, the Devil Rays hired Mike Veeck, son of legendary owner Bill Veeck, as marketing director. To mark last Friday's home opener, Tampa Bay introduced Dave Flood, a 3'2" midget who, in an affectionate nod to the elder Veeck's brainchild Eddie Gaedel, will regularly greet fans....

With the lifting of the Reds' longstanding ban on facial hair, 13 of 25 Reds are sporting mustaches, beards or goatees.

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