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Stephen Cannella
July 19, 1999
Look for the players' association to fight baseball's plan to have the Mets and the Cardinals open next season with a series in Japan. Says Mark McGwire, "Major league baseball belongs in the United States. The Japanese have Japanese baseball, so there's no reason for us to go over there."...
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July 19, 1999

The Hot Corner

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Look for the players' association to fight baseball's plan to have the Mets and the Cardinals open next season with a series in Japan. Says Mark McGwire, "Major league baseball belongs in the United States. The Japanese have Japanese baseball, so there's no reason for us to go over there."...

Since 1988 only the '94 Dodgers have finished a season with more blown saves than successful conversions, but the Royals and the Orioles were on pace to do just that. At the break Kansas City had 21 failed opportunities and 13 saves; Baltimore had 20 and 14....

Outfielder John Wehner was planning a family vacation to Aruba in June when the Pirates, for whom he played from 1991 through '96, called. At the time Wehner, who had hit .227 in 53 games for the Marlins last season, had no job prospects. Pittsburgh sent him to Double A Altoona. Said Wehner, " Altoona is just like Aruba, only without the beaches." The Pirates called him up on July 6....

A poll conducted by Diehard, a monthly Red Sox magazine, asked fans to pick G.M. Dan Duquette's greatest blunder. The winner: signing Steve Avery to a contract worth $8.7 million in 1997, which received 44.1% of the votes. Not keeping Mo Vaughn (38.2%) was second, Roger Clemens's '96 departure (14.7%) third....

The Marlins and pitcher Josh Beckett, the No. 2 selection in last month's amateur draft, are nowhere close in contract talks. Beckett is asking for a package in the $8 million range. The Marlins are offering $3 million to $4 million.

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