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Jeff Pearlman
September 06, 1999
Because he refused to sign a lucrative contract extension earlier this year, second baseman Mickey Morandini (.249, three home runs, 34 RBIs through Sunday) has been benched by the Cubs in favor of rookie Chad Meyers. "It's not just the fact that Chad Meyers is here," says manager Jim Riggleman, "but the fact that Mickey didn't sign the contract that would've made him a Cub for the future." Morandini will be a free agent in the off-season, and not all that attractive a one....
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September 06, 1999

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Because he refused to sign a lucrative contract extension earlier this year, second baseman Mickey Morandini (.249, three home runs, 34 RBIs through Sunday) has been benched by the Cubs in favor of rookie Chad Meyers. "It's not just the fact that Chad Meyers is here," says manager Jim Riggleman, "but the fact that Mickey didn't sign the contract that would've made him a Cub for the future." Morandini will be a free agent in the off-season, and not all that attractive a one....

After allowing two hits and then getting Albert Belle to ground out to earn his 300th career save in an 8-6 win over the Orioles on Aug. 25, 37-year-old Royals closer Jeff Montgomery said that he expects to retire at season's end. "I'm not as reliable as I used to be," said Montgomery (1-4, 6.95, eight saves), "and when you don't have that confidence to close out a game, you're not useful."...

After watching eight first basemen combine to hit .241 with 10 homers, Padres general manager Kevin Towers has had enough. One of his first priorities in the off-season will be to find a full-timer at first; the Tigers' Tony Clark and the Dodgers' Eric Karros are on his list....

Orioles rookie third baseman Ryan Minor has struggled (.179, two homers, four RBIs in 27 games) in his stint replacing the injured Cal Ripken Jr. (back spasms), but not enough to contemplate a return to basketball. "The only time I think about it is at the end of an 0-for-4 game, when I'm walking back to the dugout after striking out," he says. "But every day here is a fresh start." The 6' 7" Minor, sixth on Oklahoma's alltime scoring list, played one season in the CBA after being a second-round pick of the 76ers in 1996....

Before acquiring closer Matt Mantei from the Marlins, the Diamondbacks—using an assortment of relievers to finish games—had lost 14 of 21 games. Arizona was 31-13 since Mantei's arrival. Says outfielder Luis Gonzalez, "He's made even the fans calm down."...

Arizona rookie outfielder Rob Ryan received an odd memento from his first major league at bat: the cracked helmet of Pirates catcher Joe Oliver. As he followed through on his first swing, Ryan connected with Oliver's headgear. Oliver signed it, "First big league hit."

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