Baird, 38, a former coach, scout and assistant general manager, concedes that the demands of his position have been overwhelming at times. "I live and the with our success and failures," he says. "As a G.M., you bleed."
July 8, All-Star Futures Game From Expos righthander Tony Armas to A's lefthander Barry Zito, 31 of the participants in the first two of these seven-inning mid-season games—which annually match top U.S.-born minor leaguers against their foreign-born counterparts—are now in the majors. Who will be next? Hard to tell. Two U.S. team members, J.R. House, the Pirates' catcher of the future, and Sean Burroughs, the Padres' third-baseman-to-be, are nearly read?'. This year's sleeper is Angel Berroa, a smooth-field, spray-hit shortstop with the Double A Wichita ( Kans.) Wranglers, whom the Royals acquired from the A's in last winter's Johnny Damon deal.